PLAYER PROFILE

John-Patrick Smith

  • Born24 January 1989
  • Birth PlaceTownsville, Queensland
  • Height188 cm
  • PlaysLeft-handed
  • Pro Since2011
FOLLOW
“It's been a phenomenal week. Not only just going deep in the Slam ... we had a great environment out there and a great challenge in front of us today.”

— John-Patrick Smith, 27 Jan 2019

» Sharma, Smith fall short in AO mixed 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 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 CH

2013 Canada F6 ITF

2012 U.S.A F11 ITF, Winnetka CH

2011 U.S.A F19 ITF

Finals

2019 Puerto Vallarta CH

2018 Leon CH

2015 Vancouver CH

2014 Taipei City CH

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

John-Patrick Smith in the news

Biggest movers: Cabrera at career high, Sanders back
Lizette Cabrera (Getty Images)
5 November, 2019

Lizette Cabrera sets a new career-high ranking as Storm Sanders returns to the top 500 following her stunning return to singles.
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Aussies in action: US Open Day 3
Alex de Minaur (L) and Ash Barty at the US Open (Getty Images)
28 August, 2019

Ash Barty and Alex de Minaur are aiming for a place in the third round of the US Open when they play on Wednesday at Flushing Meadows.
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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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