John-Patrick Smith

  • Born24 January 1989
  • Birth PlaceTownsville, Queensland
  • Height188 cm
  • PlaysLeft-handed
  • Pro Since2011
“I've known him since I was a kid, we get along great. It's always tough playing a friend out there.”

— John-Patrick Smith, 14 Jul 2015

» Smith upsets Tomic in Newport

On court

  • Started playing tennis aged seven
  • The drive to follow a professional tennis career kicked in at age 17
  • Trains at the Knoxville Racquet Club in Knoxville, Tennessee
  • Enjoyed a successful junior career, peaking at No.6 in the ITF Junior rankings
  • Represented the University of Tennessee from 2007 to 2011
  • Named an All-American in singles and doubles for four straight years, one of only two players in National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) history to achieve the feat
  • Ranked No.1 in both singles and doubles during his American college career
  • Named Southeastern Conference Athlete of the Year in 2011
  • Won his first ITF Futures Pro Circuit event in 2011, securing the Oklahoma F19 title
  • Broke into the world’s top 300 for the first time in May 2012
  • Won his first Challenger title at the 2012 Winnetka Challenger
  • Tennis idol is Andre Agassi
  • Favourite surface is hard courts
  • Feels his game most closely resembles that of John McEnroe
  • Names Marcos Baghdatis as the toughest opponent he’s ever faced
  • Dream tennis scenario would be to take on Rafael Nadal at the Australian Open
  • Ultimate professional goal is to reach the world’s top 50
  • Would want Taylor Swift, Ariana Grande, Russell Crowe and Will Ferrell sitting in his entourage during an Australian Open match at Rod Laver Arena

Off court

  • Nickname is “JP” or “J-bomber”
  • Enjoys rugby, surfing, and swimming
  • Graduated from the University of Tennessee with a degree in Economics
  • Names democracy and capitalism as two of his loves
  • His perfect day would involve sitting by the beach
  • Would have followed a career on Wall Street had he not been a tennis player

Year-end singles ranking history

2015 129
2014 201
2013 222
2012 246
2011 441
2010 NR
2009 NR
2008 1148



2015 Drummondville Challenger

2013 Canada F6 ITF

2012 U.S.A F11 ITF, Winnetka Challenger

2011 U.S.A F19 ITF


2015 Vancouver Challenger

2014 Taipei City Challenger

2011 U.S.A. F26 ITF, U.S.A. F27 ITF

John-Patrick Smith in the news

Biggest movers: O’Connell catapults into top 300
Christopher O'Connell in action at the Australian Open 2015 Play-off; Getty Images
27 September, 2016

Christopher O'Connell has broken into the top 300 for the first time after an impressive performance on the ATP Challenger circuit in Romania.
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Rodionova through in US Open qualifying
Arina Rodionova in action at the Australian Open 2016 Play-off at Melbourne Park; Getty Images
25 August, 2016

Arina Rodionova was Australia's shining light on the second day of US Open qualifying, while our three Aussie men in action all fell at the first hurdle.
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Seven Aussies set for US Open qualifying
Sam Groth serves during his loss to Jared Donaldson at the ATP event in Atlanta; Getty Images
23 August, 2016

Sam Groth, Matt Barton, Luke Saville, John-Patrick Smith, Ben Mitchell, Andrew Whittington and Arina Rodionova will this week battle for a place in the US Open main draw.
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Sanders’ run ends in Nanchang
Storm Sanders in action at Australian Open 2016; Getty Images
3 August, 2016

Storm Sanders went down to No.6 seed Vania King in Nanchang while fellow Aussie qualifier John-Patrick Smith lost to Julien Benneteau in Atlanta.
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