John-Patrick Smith

  • Born24 January 1989
  • Birth PlaceTownsville, Queensland
  • Height188 cm
  • PlaysLeft-handed
  • Pro Since2011
“I was very surprised (at the score in the fourth). I think my level picked up - I think I only missed one or two serves in that set, and that really helped me.”

— John-Patrick Smith, 16 Dec 2016

» Smith, Jasika through to AO Play-off final

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



2015 Drummondville Challenger

2013 Canada F6 ITF

2012 U.S.A F11 ITF, Winnetka Challenger

2011 U.S.A F19 ITF


2015 Vancouver Challenger

2014 Taipei City Challenger

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

John-Patrick Smith in the news

Groth replaces Millman in Brisbane
Sam Groth; Getty Images
30 December, 2016

John Millman was unfortunately forced to withdraw from the Brisbane International today, yet another Aussie, Sam Groth, takes his place.
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Memorable weekend for Jasikas in Melbourne
19 December, 2016

The December Showdown concluded in fine style for the Jasika family at the weekend, with Omar claiming the AO Play-off title and younger brother Amor winning the 12/u crown.
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Jasika back in Australian Open main draw
Omar Jasika celebrates a winning point during his four-set AO Play-off final victory over John-Patrick Smith; photo credit Elizabeth Xue Bai
18 December, 2016

Omar Jasika defeated John-Patrick Smith in the AO Play-off on Sunday, ensuring he will return in January to Melbourne Park, the site of his best major result in 2016.
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Smith, Jasika through to AO Play-off final
John-Patrick Smith in action; photo credit Elizabeth Xue Bai
16 December, 2016

John-Patrick Smith and Omar Jasika advanced to the final of the Australian Open Play-off after contrasting victories on Friday at Melbourne Park.
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