PLAYER PROFILE

James Duckworth

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AUSTRALIAN
RANKING
173
ATP
RANKING
  • Age25
  • Born21 January 1992
  • Birth PlaceSydney, New South Wales
  • LivesSydney, New South Wales
  • Height182 cm
  • PlaysRight-handed
  • CoachAnthony Lane
  • Pro Since2007
FOLLOW
“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
  • 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

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

Titles/Finals

Titles

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

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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