PLAYER PROFILE

John-Patrick Smith

  • 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

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 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

Delray Beach: Ebden, Smith fall in openers
Matt Ebden; Getty Images
20 February, 2018

Matt Ebden fell in three sets to Frances Tiafoe at the Delray Beach Open on Monday before top seed Jack Sock got the better of John-Patrick Smith.
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Stosur a win away from Dubai draw
Sam Stosur; Getty Images
19 February, 2018

Playing in qualifying at a WTA event for the first time since 2008, Sam Stosur has won two matches and stands a win away from the main draw in Dubai.
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Aussies fall in final day of Open qualifying
Priscilla Hon remains upbeat despite her loss to Irina Falconi (Photo by Robert Prezioso/Getty Images)
14 January, 2018

A Aussie wrap from the final day of Australian Open qualifying.
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Hon, Smith continue main draw pursuits
John Patrick Smith's hopes of a first Australian Open main draw since 2013 remain alive. (Photo by Robert Prezioso/Getty Images)
11 January, 2018

Priscilla Hon was the only Australian victor in Australian Open women's qualifying draw, while Smith and Mousley advance in the men's.
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