“I feel like there were still quite a few things I could have done better but I still matched it for the most part with a top-10 player so I've got to take some confidence from that.”
— James Duckworth, 1 Sep 2016
» Duckworth eliminated from US Open
- Took up tennis aged seven and his whole family, including father, David, sister, Kate, and brother, Nick, all play.
- Member of the Australia’s Junior Davis Cup team, that competed in the finals in Mexico in 2008.
- Reached the Australian Open Junior quarter-finals in 2010.
- Claimed consecutive ITF Junior Championships in Malaysia and the Philippines in 2010.
- Best junior result came at 2010 French Open Junior Championships, where he reached the semi-finals.
- Broke into ATP World Tour top 300 in 2011, following promising results in ITF Futures and ATP Challenger events.
- Secured his maiden ITF Futures Pro Circuit title in Poland in 2011.
- Won his first ATP World Tour match at the 2012 Brisbane International, beating talented Frenchman Nicolas Mahut in the first round.
- Made his Grand Slam debut at the 2012 Australian Open, reaching the second round.
- Current member of the Australian Institute of Sport Pro Tour Program in 2012.
- Goal is to reach the highest level in the sport, following in the footsteps of his hero, Andy Murray, who he says “is an extremely clever tennis player with a vast amount of talent to back it up”
- Dreams of representing Australia in Davis Cup.
- Favourite surface is fast clay.
- Favourite shot is the serve.
- Favourite tournament is Australian Open.
- Idols growing up were Lleyton Hewitt and Patrick Rafter.
- Best memory in tennis so far is playing Junior Davis Cup for Australia.
- His grandmother, Beryl Penrose, won the Australian Open singles and doubles in 1955.
- Nickname is ‘Ducks’.
- Studying a commerce degree at Deakin University.
- Hobbies include surfing, table tennis, cricket, soccer and hanging with his mates.
- If he weren’t a tennis player he would be a rugby league player for Newcastle Knights.
- His family supports the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation.
Year-end singles ranking history
2016 China F6 ITF, Bangkok Challenger, Canberra Challenger, Toyota Challenger
2014 Lexington Challenger, Charlottesville Challenger
2013 Bundaberg F5 ITF, Chile F3 ITF
2011 Poland F1 ITF, Poland F4 ITF, Italy F17 ITF, Italy F23 ITF
2016 Kobe Challenger
2015 Kolkata Challenger
2014 Santiago Challenger
2013 Melbourne F1 ITF, Lexington Challenger
2011 Poland F2 ITF, Italy F16 ITF
James Duckworth in the news
Ash Barty is back in the top 300 after her quarterfinal finish in Taipei, while James Duckworth is within striking distance of a top-100 return.
James Duckworth won the Toyota Challenger in Japan at the weekend, one of several Aussies enjoying strong results in Asia.
Alex De Minaur continued his ascent in the ATP rankings after another strong result on the Challenger circuit.
Marc Polmans, Omar Jasika and Alex De Minaur all enjoyed big ranking improvements this week, while James Duckworth crept closer to a top 100 return.