PLAYER PROFILE

James Duckworth

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AUSTRALIAN
RANKING
52
ATP
RANKING
  • Age29
  • 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

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

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

Ranking movers: Sharma, Peers lead rising Aussies
Astra Sharma and John Peers are among the biggest ranking movers this week. Pictures: Getty Images
3 hours ago

Astra Sharma returns to the world's top 100 in women's singles rankings this week, while John Peers re-enters the top 20 in men's doubles.
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De Minaur leads Aussie charge at Antwerp this week
Alex de Minaur. Picture: Getty Images
11 hours ago

Alex de Minaur is one of 10 Australians competing in ATP Tour and WTA Tour events in Europe this week.
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James Duckworth: Serving inspiration
James Duckworth. Picture: Tennis Australia
15 October, 2021

In our 'Serving inspiration' series, James Duckworth reflects on playing his childhood idol and how he hopes to inspire others with his perseverance.
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Popyrin powers into second round at Indian Wells
Alexei Popyrin in action at Indian Wells. Picture: Getty Images
8 October, 2021

Australian Alexei Popyrin is through to the second round at an ATP Masters 1000 tournament in Indian Wells.
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