Michael Mmoh's parents - including dad Tony, a former Olympic tennis star

Joshua Rogers January 19, 2023
Michael Mmoh's parents - including dad Tony, a former Olympic tennis star
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Let’s meet Michael Mmoh’s parents, father Tony and mother Geraldine, after the American caused a major upset at the Australian Open.

American Michael Mmoh enjoyed the biggest win of his career at the 2023 Australian Open, knocking out No.12 seed Alexander Zverev.

Mmoh beat the German 6-7 (1), 6-4, 6-3, 6-2 to advance to the third round after overcoming Frenchman Laurent Lokoli in the previous round.

Mmoh is ranked ranked No. 107 in the world and has won 5 ATP Challenger titles and 4 ITF Futures tournaments during his career.

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Michael Mmoh’s parents – including his former tennis player father

Michael Mmoh’s parents are father Tony Mmoh and mother Geraldine O’Reilly. The tennis player was born in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia in January 1998 and reportedly has a brother, Anthony, and two sisters, Antoinette and Ameka.

Tony Mmoh, 64, is a former Nigerian tennis player who reached a career-high ranking of 105. He also competed at the 1998 Olympics where he represented his country, advancing to the second round in singles. He also reached the second round of the US Open in 1985.

Michael’s father was coaching Saudi Arabia’ Davis Cup team when Michael was born. His mother, who was born in Ireland and is also an Australian citizen, was working as a nurse in the country at the time. O’Reilly is reportedly an avid tennis fan and met Tony in Saudi Arabia in the 1990s when they were both working there.

His mom and dad named him after Michael Jordan

Speaking about his time growing up in Saudi Arabia, Michael said: “My time there was amazing. I had a great childhood there. I miss the years I had there. 

Michael’s parents named him after Michael Jordan, as they were big fans of the NBA legend. Tony Mmoh eventually became a US citizen after attending St. Augustine’s College in Raleigh, and Michael started training at Bradenton, Florida when he was 13.

Speaking about his relationship with his tennis player father, Michael said: “He gives me great insight on the game. When I was younger, I was just using my athletic ability and not really playing in a pro-game fashion. He shut that down and helped me get an aggressive mentality. That was a huge step for me.

In 2015, the New York Times reported that Tony was running a sports management firm. He had also been working in Saudi Arabia starting a league for futsal – an indoor variation of soccer.

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Joshua is a Senior Sports Writer at GRV Media with over five years of experience in online writing and editing. After receiving a BA (Hons) in Ancient History and an MA in Sports Journalism, he became a writer for a leading social publisher with over 7 million Facebook followers. Joshua then joined Reach PLC, covering the 2018 World Cup for The Mirror Online and regional publications like the Liverpool Echo. He then moved to a social media marketing agency and content studio, Brave Bison, acting as Website Editor for The Hook. Joshua now oversees all sports content on The Focus, specializing in NBA, NFL, F1, and tennis, while also keeping a close eye on his beloved Manchester United.