John-Patrick Smith

  • Born24 January 1989
  • Birth PlaceTownsville, Queensland
  • Height188 cm
  • PlaysLeft-handed
  • Pro Since2011
“It'd be huge, I'm telling you. It would be the best feeling.”

— John-Patrick Smith, 12 Jan 2021

» Sweeny, Tomic, Smith march on in AO 2021 qualifying

On court

  • Started playing tennis aged seven
  • The drive to follow a professional tennis career kicked in at age 17
  • 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 in 2012 at Winnetka; earned a second Challenger crown at Drummondville in 2015
  • Peaked at a career-high singles ranking of No.108 in September 2015, the same year he won through qualifying to the main draw of Wimbledon and the US Open
  • Qualified again at the US Open in 2017, and at Wimbledon in 2018
  • Won first career ATP doubles title in Atlanta in 2018 (with Nicholas Monroe)
  • Reached Australian Open 2019 mixed doubles final with compatriot Astra Sharma
  • 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
  • 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

2021 390
2020 310
2019 291
2018 200
2017 221
2016 232
2015 129
2014 201
2013 222
2012 246
2011 441
2010 NR
2009 NR
2008 1148

John-Patrick Smith in the news

Ranking movers: Storm Hunter hits new career-high in singles
Storm Hunter. Picture: Getty Images
1 April, 2024

In-form Australian Storm Hunter rises to a new career-high in the latest WTA Tour singles rankings.
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Aussie weekly wrap: Celebrating three title-winning runs and a 24-year first
Jacob Bradshaw in action. Picture: Getty Images
1 April, 2024

Jacob Bradshaw was among the Australian players to post career-best results and achieve record-breaking feats this week.
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Aussie No.1 Alex De Minaur charges into fourth round at Miami Open
MIAMI GARDENS, FLORIDA - MARCH 25: Alex De Minaur of Australia returns a shot to Jan-Lennard Struff of Germany during his men's singles match during the Miami Open at Hard Rock Stadium on March 25, 2024 in Miami Gardens, Florida. (Photo by Megan Briggs/Getty Images)
26 March, 2024

Australian Alex de Minaur moves into the fourth round of the Miami Open with a 7-6(3) 6-4 win over world No.25 Jan-Lennard Struff.
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De Minaur leads star Sydneysiders thriving at Miami Open
25 March, 2024

Alex de Minaur, Alexei Popyrin and Chris O'Connell are relishing their opportunities at the ATP Masters 1000 event in Miami.
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