James Duckworth

  • Age25
  • Born21 January 1992
  • Birth PlaceSydney, New South Wales
  • LivesSydney, New South Wales
  • Height182 cm
  • PlaysRight-handed
  • CoachAnthony Lane
  • Pro Since2007
“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

On court

  • 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.

Off court

  • 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

2015 120
2014 127
2013 136
2012 209
2011 274
2010 755
2009 1711



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

Biggest mover: Barty jumps 50 spots
Ash Barty in action during her second-round victory over Andrea Hlavackova at the WTA Aegon Open in Nottingham; Getty Images
22 November, 2016

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.
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Aussies dominate in Asia
James Duckworth was a winner at the ATP Challenger in Toyota; photo credit Toyota Challenger
21 November, 2016

James Duckworth won the Toyota Challenger in Japan at the weekend, one of several Aussies enjoying strong results in Asia.
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Biggest movers: De Minaur on the march
Alex De Minaur celebrates a winning point during his boys' singles semifinal victory over Ulises Blanch at Wimbledon; Getty Images
15 November, 2016

Alex De Minaur continued his ascent in the ATP rankings after another strong result on the Challenger circuit.
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Biggest movers: Aussie teens on the rise
(L-R) Omar Jasika, Marc Polmans and Alex De Minaur; Getty Images
8 November, 2016

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.
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