PLAYER PROFILE

John-Patrick Smith

9
AUSTRALIAN
RANKING
187
ATP
RANKING
  • 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 singles ranking history

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

2015 Vancouver Challenger

2014 Taipei City Challenger

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

John-Patrick Smith in the news

Youzhny too strong for Smith
John-Patrick Smith; Getty Images
20 September, 2017

Russian veteran Mikhail Youzhny has stopped Australian qualifier John-Patrick Smith's run at the ATP indoor tournament in St Petersburg.
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JP Smith qualifies in St Petersburg
John-Patrick Smith in action; photo credit Elizabeth Xue Bai
19 September, 2017

Australia's John-Patrick Smith has continued his impressive form on the ATP World Tour, qualifying for the main draw at the indoor event in St Petersburg, Russia.
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Peers, Kontinen into US Open semifinals
John Peers in action at the 2017 US Open; Getty Images
6 September, 2017

John Peers has now reached the semifinals at three of four Grand Slam tournaments in 2017 after he and partner Henri Kontinen beat John-Patrick Smith and Nicholas Monroe on…
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Peers v Smith in US Open doubles quarterfinal
John Peers (L) and Henri Kontinen at the US Open; Getty Images
5 September, 2017

There will be one Australian in the US Open men's doubles semifinals after John Peers and Henri Kontinen set up a last-eight clash with JP Smith and Nicholas Monroe.
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