PLAYER PROFILE

James Duckworth

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AUSTRALIAN
RANKING
49
ATP
RANKING
  • Age30
  • Born21 January 1992
  • Birth PlaceSydney, New South Wales
  • LivesSydney, New South Wales
  • Height182 cm
  • PlaysRight-handed
  • CoachAnthony Lane
  • Pro Since2007
FOLLOW
“We're going to go out there and give it our best shot,” he said. “I think we've got a good chance”

— James Duckworth, 2 Mar 2020

» Team dream for in-form Duckworth

On court

  • Took up tennis aged seven and his whole family, including father, David, sister, Kate, and brother, Nick, all play
  • His grandmother, Beryl Penrose, won the Australian Open singles and doubles in 1955
  • Member of the Australia’s Junior Davis Cup team, that competed in the finals in Mexico in 2008
  • In 2010, reached the Roland Garros junior semifinals and Australian Open junior quarterfinals
  • Secured his maiden ITF Futures title in Poland in 2011
  • Won his first ATP World Tour match at the 2012 Brisbane International, beating Frenchman Nicolas Mahut in round one
  • Made his Grand Slam debut at Australian Open 2012, reaching the second round
  • Came through qualifying round to reach main draw at both Roland Garros and Wimbledon in back-to-back years (2013 and 2014)
  • Cracked ATP top 100 on 23 March 2015
  • 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”. Other idols are Lleyton Hewitt and Pat Rafter
  • Favourite surface is fast clay, favourite shot is the serve and favourite tournament is the Australian Open
  • Made first ATP-level semifinal in Pune in February 2020, helping him achieve a new career-high ranking
  • Achieved a life-long dream to represent Australia in Davis Cup in March 2020
  • Made a Grand Slam third round for the first time at Wimbledon 2021
  • Represented Australia at the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games
  • Reached first ATP singles final at Nur-Sultan in September 2021
  • Recorded first year-end top-50 finish in 2021, ending season at world No.49

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.
  • Underwent surgeries on right foot in February 2017, August 2017 and January 2018, as well as on right elbow in February 2018 and right shoulder in March 2017 and March 2020.

Year-end singles ranking history

2021 49
2020 103
2019 100
2018 245
2017 979
2016 103
2015 120
2014 127
2013 136
2012 209
2011 274
2010 755
2009 1711

Titles/Finals

Titles

2020 Bengaluru Challenger

2019 Bangkok Challenger, Baotou Challenger, Playford Challenger, Pune Challenger

2018 Cary Challenger

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

Finals

2019 Yokkaichi Challenger, Las Vegas Challenger

2018 Turkey F22 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

Kokkinakis and Kyrgios off to a winning start in AO 2022 doubles
Thanasi Kokkinakis and Nick Kyrgios during their first-round doubles win at AO 2022. Picture: Getty Images
19 January, 2022

Six Australian players, including Thanasi Kokkinakis and Nick Kyrgios, recorded first-round men's doubles wins today at Australian Open 2022.
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Aussie charge continues on day three at Australian Open 2022
Aleksandar Vukic, Ash Barty and John Millman lead the Australian charge on day three at AO 2022.
19 January, 2022

Aleksandar Vukic, Ash Barty and John Millman are among 29 Australian players in action on day three at Melbourne Park.
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Kokkinakis bows out at Australian Open 2022
Thanasi Kokkinakis at the Australian Open. Picture: Getty Images
17 January, 2022

Australian wildcard Thanasi Kokkinakis has been beaten by German qualifier Yannick Hanfmann in the Australian Open 2022 opening round.
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Six Aussies in action on Australian Open 2022 day one
Thanasi Kokkinakis and Ash Barty lead the Aussie charge on day one at Australian Open 2022. Pictures: Getty Images
17 January, 2022

In-form Thanasi Kokkinakis and world No.1 Ash Barty are among six Australians beginning their Australian Open 2022 singles campaigns today.
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