PLAYER PROFILE

John-Patrick Smith

  • Born24 January 1989
  • Birth PlaceTownsville, Queensland
  • Height188 cm
  • PlaysLeft-handed
  • Pro Since2011
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“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
  • 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

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

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

Bernard Tomic qualifies for Australian Open 2021
FOCUSED: Bernard Tomic during the Australian Open 2021 qualifying event in Doha. Picture: Samer Alrejjal, Tennis Australia
14 January, 2021

Bernard Tomic has sealed his spot in the Australian Open 2021 main draw, capping off a successful qualifying campaign with victory against compatriot John-Patrick Smith in Doha.
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Three Aussies set for final Australian Open 2021 qualifying round
CONTENDERS: Dane Sweeny, John-Patrick Smith and Bernard Tomic are the last Australians left in the Australian Open 2021 qualifying draws. Pictures: Tennis Australia
13 January, 2021

Dane Sweeny, John-Patrick Smith and Bernard Tomic are the last remaining Aussie hopes in Australian Open 2021 qualifying.
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Sweeny, Tomic, Smith march on in AO 2021 qualifying
DETERMINED: Dane Sweeny during Australian Open 2021 qualifying in Doha. Picture: SAMER ALREJJAL, TENNIS AUSTRALIA
12 January, 2021

As we approach the final round of Australian Open 2021 qualifying, there are still several Aussie players in contention to earn a main draw place.
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Aussies ready to continue AO 2021 qualifying quests
ON SERVE: Jason Kubler during his first-round win at Australian Open 2021. PHOTO: SAMER ALREJJAL, TENNIS AUSTRALIA
12 January, 2021

Australian Open 2021 qualifying continues, with nine Aussie players competing in second-round matches today.
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