PLAYER PROFILE

James Duckworth

6
AUSTRALIAN
RANKING
100
ATP
RANKING
  • Age28
  • Born21 January 1992
  • Birth PlaceSydney, New South Wales
  • LivesSydney, New South Wales
  • Height182 cm
  • PlaysRight-handed
  • CoachAnthony Lane
  • Pro Since2007
FOLLOW
“I‘m really pushing hard these few weeks to get my ranking as high as I can. Hopefully I can keep progressing.”

— James Duckworth, 2 Nov 2019

» Duckworth into Playford final

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, 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

Australian Open: Battling Polmans caps memorable day for Aussie men
A spirited Marc Polmans claims a first Grand Slam main draw win at AO 2020: Getty Images
21 January, 2020

A spirited Marc Polmans claims a first Grand Slam main draw win in a successful day for local men at Australian Open 2020.
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Australian Open: Millman wins through into second round
John Millman (R) congratulates Ugo Humbert after winning their Australian Open first-round match. (Getty Images)
21 January, 2020

John Millman sees off dangerous Frenchman Ugo Humbert to take his place in the second round of the Australian Open.
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Barty, De Minaur top seeds at Adelaide International
Ash Barty (L) and Alex de Minaur. (Getty Images)
12 January, 2020

Ash Barty and Alex de Minaur are among nine Australians contesting the main draw of the WTA/ATP Adelaide International at the revamped Memorial Drive.
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Biggest movers: vast improvement for Aussie men in 2019
(L-R) Alexei Popyrin, James Duckworth, Chris O'Connell and Andrew Harris were Australian men who enjoyed notable rankings improvements in 2019. (Getty Images)
26 November, 2019

We look back at a stellar 12 months for several of Australia's men in the ATP rankings -- and celebrate the biggest movers and improvers.
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