PLAYER PROFILE

John-Patrick Smith

  • Born24 January 1989
  • Birth PlaceTownsville, Queensland
  • Height188 cm
  • PlaysLeft-handed
  • Pro Since2011
FOLLOW
“I was kind of playing a lot freer and just kind of going for my shots a lot more this week.”

— John-Patrick Smith, 15 Dec 2019

» JP Smith wins Australian Open 2020 wildcard

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
  • Made Australian Open 2019 mixed doubles final with Astra Sharma

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

2019 291
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

Social round-up: Aussie stars ready for clay-court swing
Alex de Minaur competing on clay in Rome this week. Picture:  Getty Images
17 September, 2020

What have Australia's top-ranked players been up to? We've collated tweets and posts from this week to keep fans up to date.
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John-Patrick Smith shows support for Townsville community
IN ACTION: John-Patrick Smith during the AO Wildcard Play-off in December. Picture: Tennis Australia
23 August, 2020

The top 100-ranked doubles player is offering coaching lessons in his hometown.
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Barty and top Queenslanders raise the roof in Cairns
Ash Barty helps launch the new roof structure at the Cairns International Tennis Centre.
1 August, 2020

Ash Barty, John Millman, Lizette Cabrera and John-Patrick Smith were delighted to help launch a new roof structure at the Cairns International Tennis Centre.
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Ash Barty and friends celebrate Cairns tennis community
World No.1 Ash Barty (front) with LIzette Cabrera, John Millman and John-Patrick Smith in Cairns.
31 July, 2020

World No.1 Ash Barty is delighted to spend time in the Cairns tennis community with John Millman, Lizette Cabrera and John-Patrick Smith.
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