University of Iowa Athletics

Oliver Okonkwo

Height 6-3
Class Jr.
Hometown Berkshire, England
High School Furze Platt

Hawk Items — Won 24 doubles matches in the fall and spring as a freshman, which ties for second most all-time in program history… collected 18 points on the ITF World Tennis Tour in Summer of 2019… Doubles Quarterfinalist at the ITF World Tennis Tour 25k event in Iowa City with Davies.

Spring 2020 — Won eight singles matches, four each at No. 2 and No. 3… recorded one victory over a ranked opponent in his last match versus No. 122 Eero Vasa from Cornell… ranked as high as No. 10 nationally, a program best, in doubles with partner Will Davies… won six doubles matches at No. 1, including two against ranked opponents, before the season was canceled by the Big Ten Conference and NCAA on March 12, due to concerns of coronavirus (COVID-19)… Spring Semester Dean’s List honoree… letterwinner.

Fall 2019 — Partnered with Will Davies to become first Hawkeye doubles team in 20 years to qualify for the ITA Fall National Championships … Okonkwo/Davies posted a 6-2 record to qualify for the national tournament… registered the best win in school history over the No. 6 team from Columbia (7-5, 6-2)… won four consecutive ITA Central Regionals doubles matches to become first Hawkeye duo in more than three decades to finish as doubles finalists at the ITA Central Regional Championships… Okonkwo/Tyler won three straight doubles matches to finish runners-up at the Big Ten Indoor Championships.

Spring 2019 – Won 27 singles matches in the spring, which ranks fourth all-time in school history, and the most ever by an Iowa freshman… recorded 18 singles wins in the spring, which rank 11th most in program history… mostly saw action on courts two, three, and four… posted a 9-1 record playing at No. 3… registered first win over ranked opponent, bouncing No. 54 Mattias Siimar of Michigan in straight sets… won seven of his last nine singles decisions… won 16 doubles matches with partner Will Davies, including a 10-2 record at No. 2 and a 6-3 mark on court one… won three doubles matches over ranked opponents, including a program-best win over No. 8 Nemeth/De La Basse of Penn State… Davies/Okonkwo were ranked as high as No. 58 nationally… Dean’s List honoree… letterwinner.

Fall 2018 – Won nine singles matches and eight doubles matches… won five doubles matches with partner Will Davies, advancing to the finals of the Big Ten Doubles Championships.

Junior Curcuit — Earned top-20 in UK U16 rankings….played singles and doubles and won the Aegon Winter County Cup in 2016… runner-up at 2016 and 2017 British National Championship in doubles… Champion of the Grade 4 International Tennis Federation… earned top-25 in UK U18 rankings… eighth ranked junior in LTA U18 National Rankings.

Personal — Born April 8, 2000… biochemistry major… son of Cyril and Sharon Okonkwo… has two younger brothers, Alexander and James.

Season (Doubles) #1 #2 #3 Big Ten Dual Tourn. Overall Pct.
2018-19 6-3 10-2 6-2 16-5 8-5 24-10 .706
2019-20 5-4 1-0 5-4 10-4 15-8 .652
Career 11-7 10-2 7-2 21-9 18-9 39-18 .684
Season (Singles) #1 #2 #3 #4 #5 #6 Big Ten Dual Tourn. Overall Pct.
2018-19 0-1 3-4 9-1 5-2 1-0 6-4 18-8 9-6 27-14 .658
2019-20 4-2 4-3 1-0 8-5 1-3 9-8 .529
Career 0-1 7-6 13-4 5-2 1-0 7-4 26-13 10-9 36-22 .621