“Happens 10 Times a Day”: Reilly Opelka on People Making Stupid Comments on His Height

Published 09/02/2021, 11:29 PM EDT
Sep 2, 2021; Flushing, NY, USA; Reilly Opelka of the United States serves against Lorenzo Musetti of Italy in a second round match on day four of the 2021 U.S. Open tennis tournament at USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center. Mandatory Credit: Jerry Lai-USA TODAY Sports


Everyone knows you need a good serve to dominate a service game. For that, you need a good height. Reilly Opelka has been blessed with that quite a bit. He and John Isner are the only players who stand out when it comes to using their height as an advantage during their service games.

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Tennis – ATP Masters 1000 – Italian Open – Foro Italico, Rome, Italy – May 14, 2021 Reilly Opelka of the U.S. in action during his quarter-final match against Argentina’s Federico Delbonis REUTERS/Guglielmo Mangiapane

During the post-match interview, a question about Opelka’s height was unavoidable. The media asked him what it’s like to go through life as such a tall man and how it affects him. 

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Opelka replied, “Yeah, the only fun side is hitting an ace on a big point. Yeah, it’s something I’ve learned to live with. I don’t know anything else, to be honest. Don’t really remember, because I got tall pretty early. I was 15, 16, and maybe even 14, and I was already over 6 feet. It’s not like I know any other way. If I woke up like this, then I’d be a lot more, I’d have more negative comments to tell you about it.”

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Reilly Opelka is used to comments about his height

Reilly Opelka has been an extraordinarily tall person all his life. However, this may have not been easy for him, as the everyday tasks in life may have become a little difficult. 

Opelka added his opinion, “You just get used to it. You get used to ducking and, you know, having your legs crammed in a car. Just, I don’t know, there are some things like that. And you get used to some comments like people make all the time or just some stupid little comments, that people ask me all the time how tall I am.”

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On the other hand, Reilly, currently the 22nd seeded player in the tournament, will look to gain points to help him break into the top 20. In his latest match, he defeated Lorenzo Musetti in straight sets. Hence, he will face Nikoloz Basilashvili in the third round of the US Open.

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