James Duckworth

  • Age26
  • Born21 January 1992
  • Birth PlaceSydney, New South Wales
  • LivesSydney, New South Wales
  • Height182 cm
  • PlaysRight-handed
  • CoachAnthony Lane
  • Pro Since2007
“There were definitely times over the last few years when I thought maybe I'd never play tennis again, let alone the Australian Open.”

— James Duckworth, 16 Dec 2018

» Emotional Duckworth secures Australian Open wildcard

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
  • Dreams of representing Australia in Davis Cup
  • Favourite surface is fast clay, favourite shot is the serve and favourite tournament is the Australian Open
  • Best memory in tennis so far is playing Junior Davis Cup for Australia

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

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



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


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

Thompson, Ebden, Millman victorious in AO openers
(L-R) John Millman, Jordan Thompson and Matt Ebden (Getty Images)
14 January, 2019

Jordan Thompson, Matt Ebden and John Millman boosted Australia's first-round winner's list to eight players with solid outings at Melbourne Park on Monday.
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Aussie quartet excited for Australian Open
(L-R) Thanasi Kokkinakis, James Duckworth, Kimberly Birrell and John Millman (Getty Images)
13 January, 2019

Aussie No.2 John Millman, qualifier Thanasi Kokkinakis and wildcards James Duckworth and Kimberly Birrell are gearing up for a strong start to 2019 at the Australian Open.
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Tough AO draws for Kyrgios, De Minaur, Tomic
Nick Kyrgios in action at the Brisbane International (Getty Images)
10 January, 2019

Nick Kyrgios and Bernard Tomic have drawn Milos Raonic and Marin Cilic respectively in the first round at Melbourne Park, while Alex De Minaur could face Rafael Nadal in the last…
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Millman, Thompson fight back to win in Sydney
John Millman in action in the first round of the Sydney International against Frances Tiafoe (Getty Images)
8 January, 2019

An ill John Millman recovered from 0-3 and 2-4 down in the final set to see off Frances Tiafoe at the Sydney International, while Jordan Thompson trailed by a set and 4-2 before…
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