PLAYER PROFILE

John-Patrick Smith

  • Born24 January 1989
  • Birth PlaceTownsville, Queensland
  • Height188 cm
  • PlaysLeft-handed
  • Pro Since2011
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“"Obviously I would have liked to have done it in two sets in the breaker, but that's tennis, you know?"”

— John-Patrick Smith, 29 Jun 2017

» Smith, Whittington on cusp of main draw

On court

  • Started playing tennis aged seven
  • The drive to follow a professional tennis career kicked in at age 17
  • Trains at the Knoxville Racquet Club in Knoxville, Tennessee
  • Enjoyed a successful junior career, peaking at No.6 in the ITF Junior rankings
  • Represented the University of Tennessee from 2007 to 2011
  • Named an All-American in singles and doubles for four straight years, one of only two players in National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) history to achieve the feat
  • Ranked No.1 in both singles and doubles during his American college career
  • Named Southeastern Conference Athlete of the Year in 2011
  • Won his first ITF Futures Pro Circuit event in 2011, securing the Oklahoma F19 title
  • Broke into the world’s top 300 for the first time in May 2012
  • Won his first Challenger title at the 2012 Winnetka Challenger
  • Tennis idol is Andre Agassi
  • Favourite surface is hard courts
  • Feels his game most closely resembles that of John McEnroe
  • Names Marcos Baghdatis as the toughest opponent he’s ever faced
  • Dream tennis scenario would be to take on Rafael Nadal at the Australian Open
  • Ultimate professional goal is to reach the world’s top 50
  • Would want Taylor Swift, Ariana Grande, Russell Crowe and Will Ferrell sitting in his entourage during an Australian Open match at Rod Laver Arena

Off court

  • Nickname is “JP” or “J-bomber”
  • Enjoys rugby, surfing, and swimming
  • Graduated from the University of Tennessee with a degree in Economics
  • Names democracy and capitalism as two of his loves
  • His perfect day would involve sitting by the beach
  • Would have followed a career on Wall Street had he not been a tennis player

Year-end ranking history

2018 200
2017 221
2016 232
2015 129
2014 201
2013 222
2012 246
2011 441
2010 NR
2009 NR
2008 1148

Titles/Finals

Titles

2015 Drummondville Challenger

2013 Canada F6 ITF

2012 U.S.A F11 ITF, Winnetka Challenger

2011 U.S.A F19 ITF

Finals

2018 Leon Challenger

2015 Vancouver Challenger

2014 Taipei City Challenger

2011 U.S.A. F26 ITF, U.S.A. F27 ITF

John-Patrick Smith in the news

AO Playoff: Duckworth recovers to see off Ellis
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)
10 December, 2018

Trailing 5-2 in the third set, James Duckworth reeled off seven straight games to completely turn his match against Blake Ellis on its head. He's through to the Australian…
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Bolt, Rodionova head AO Play-off draws
Alex Bolt (R) and Arina Rodionova are the No.1 seeds in the men's and women's AO Play-off draws (Getty Images)
9 December, 2018

The 16-player men's and women's draws for the Australian Open Play-off were finalised on Sunday, with Alex Bolt and Arina Rodionova heading the fields as the No.1 seeds.
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Australian Open wildcards up for grabs at 2019 Play-off
Arina Rodionova
6 December, 2018

Wildcards are the prize on offer as 32 of the country's top players head to Melbourne for the Australian Open 2019 Play-off.
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Biggest movers: Popyrin cracks top 150
Alexei Popyrin in action at the ATP Swiss Indoors in Basel; Getty Images
30 October, 2018

Alexei Popyrin continues his rapid ascent in the rankings after reaching the second round of the ATP Basel event as a qualifier. Priscilla Hon is also nearing the top 150 after…
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