PLAYER PROFILE

James Duckworth

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AUSTRALIAN
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ATP
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  • Age27
  • Born21 January 1992
  • Birth PlaceSydney, New South Wales
  • LivesSydney, New South Wales
  • Height182 cm
  • PlaysRight-handed
  • CoachAnthony Lane
  • Pro Since2007
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“I feel like I'm slowly getting a little bit better, played a couple of good matches last week in Ilkley and I'm hoping to improve every match.”

— James Duckworth, 25 Jun 2019

» Flawless day for Australia at Wimbledon qualifying

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

Titles/Finals

Titles

2019 Bangkok Challenger, Baotou 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

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

Biggest movers: McPhee nears top 200, Barty back to No.1
Kaylah McPhee in action during her first-round victory in qualifying at the Australian Open (Getty Images)
11 September, 2019

Kaylah McPhee continues her stunning rise in the rankings, one of several Aussies making big improvements this week. Ash Barty reclaims her spot at the top of the WTA list.
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Challenger title for Duckworth in China
James Duckworth in action during his first-round win over Blake Ellis at the Australian Open Play-off at Melbourne Park (photo: Elizabeth Xue Bai)
2 September, 2019

James Duckworth wins his second ATP Challenger title of 2019 and continues to move closer to a top-100 return.
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Hives, Perez, Santillan advance in US Open qualifying
Zoe Hives (Getty Images)
21 August, 2019

Wins to Zoe Hives and Ellen Perez mean seven Australian women are through to the second round of US Open qualifying, while Akira Santillan also progressed on Tuesday.
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Aussie women thrive in US Open qualifying
Priscilla Hon (Getty Images)
20 August, 2019

Australia's women have gone five-from-five on the opening day of US Open qualifying, with Priscilla Hon, Lizette Cabrera, Maddison Inglis, Arina Rodionova and Jaimee Fourlis…
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