Born in Piatra Neamt, Romania, Alex Ghilea started playing tennis at the age of 5. Until the age of 16, Alex won over 5 national titles in Romania and managed to reach the number one spot under 16 in the European Ranking. At the age of 17, he reached an ITF World Junior ranking of 42 and played in the Junior Australian Open. He was also part of the Romanian Davis Cup Team for the matches against Ukraine and Finland in 2012.
An NCAA Top 10 Incoming Freshman in 2014, Alex was recruited by schools such as TCU, OU, Cornell, Georgia Tech, and other prestigious D1 institutions. He chose OU because of the coaching staff led by John Roddick. With OU, Alex was an All-American in singles in 2017, where he reached the NCAA Elite 8 in singles. In 2015, Alex and the Sooners won program’s first ITA Indoor National Title, where Alex was named the Most Outstanding Player. With OU, Alex also reached 3 NCAA Finals, Won 3 Big 12 Titles, and was named 2016 Dan Gibbons Scholar Athlete of the Year by OU’s Athletic Department. After completing his eligibility, Alex Ghilea worked as a Volunteer Assistant Coach for the OU Men’s Tennis Team in 2018.
After graduating with a degree in Finance in 2018, Alex played on the ATP circuit for 6 months and managed to reach a ranking of #618 in singles, and #537 in doubles. He won 3 Pro Tournaments and reached the finals round in other 2. Overall, his record during the 6 months of playing pro was 65 wins and 17 losses.
In the summer of 2019, Alex returned to OU as a Graduate Assistant for OU Men’s Tennis, as well as enrolling in the Intercollegiate Athletic Administration Master’s program at the University, which he is expected to graduate in May 2021.
As a Tennis Pro, Alex worked two summers for BTCC Country Club in Greenwich, Ct. where he taught private lessons, adult and junior clinics and got certified by the USPTR. Alex is very passionate about coaching and claims that “for a Tennis Coach, the biggest satisfaction is creating long-lasting relationships with players and seeing them develop both on and off the court, in an attempt to maximize their potential.”