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

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: Vukic vaults into top 200
Aleksandar Vukic (Getty Images)
10 March, 2020

Aleksandar Vukic's run to the ATP Challenger final in Monterrey, Mexico has boosted the 23-year-old to a career-high ranking.
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Australian Open 2020 run ends for Sharma and Smith
Astra Sharma and John-Patrick Smith compete in the mixed doubles at Australian Open 2020; Getty Images
31 January, 2020

Astra Sharma and John-Patrick Smith's hopes of reaching a second Australian Open mixed doubles final are dashed by Bethanie-Mattek Sands and Jamie Murray in the semifinal.
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Tough start for Aussies on Australian Open Day 1
Sam Stosur (L) congratulates Caty McNally after the American won their first-round match at Australian Open 2020. (Getty Images)
20 January, 2020

Former world No.4 Sam Stosur and wildcards Lizette Cabrera, Andrew Harris and John-Patrick Smith bow out in the first round of Australian Open 2020.
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JP Smith wins Australian Open 2020 wildcard
John-Patrick Smith reacts following his victory over Max Purcell in the final of the AO Play-off. (Photo: Elizabeth Bai/Tennis Australia)
15 December, 2019

John-Patrick Smith overwhelms Max Purcell in the AO Play-off final on Sunday, securing his place in the main draw at Australian Open 2020.
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