James Duckworth (tennis)

James Duckworth (born 21 January 1992) is an Australian professional tennis player currently ranked world No. 71 by the Association of Tennis Professionals (ATP). As a junior, Duckworth enjoyed a successful career which included winning three titles and reaching the semi-finals of the 2010 French Open. In January 2012, he competed in his first ATP main-draw event at the Brisbane International.

James Duckworth
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Country (sports)Australia
Born (1992-01-21) 21 January 1992 (age 28)[1]
Sydney, Australia
Height1.83 m (6 ft 0 in)
Turned pro2010
PlaysRight-handed (two-handed backhand)
CoachMark Draper
Prize money$1,652,348
Career record25–49 (33.8%)
Career titles0
Highest rankingNo. 71 (17 February 2020)
Current rankingNo. 83 (16 March 2020)
Grand Slam Singles results
Australian Open2R (2012, 2013, 2015)
French Open1R (2013, 2014, 2015, 2018)
Wimbledon2R (2015)
US Open2R (2016)
Career record9–20 (31.0%)
Career titles0
Highest rankingNo. 185 (10 February 2020)
Current rankingNo. 192 (16 March 2020)
Grand Slam Doubles results
Australian OpenQF (2020)
French Open1R (2015)
Last updated on: 22 March 2020.

Personal lifeEdit

Duckworth was born in Sydney. He attended Sydney Church of England Grammar School, where he was on the school tennis first team from Year 7 and went on to win several AAGPS Premierships. He was offered a scholarship to the Australian Institute of Sport. where he was able to further develop his tennis. Duckworth is a keen supporter of the Newcastle Knights in the National Rugby League.[2]

Junior careerEdit

Duckworth played his first ITF under-18 tournament in December 2005 as a 13-year-old, the event was held in Perth and Duckworth lost in the first round to Sebastian Bell. Duckworth's first big result came in December 2007 when he made his first final in Manila, Philippines but had to retire in the third set against Francis Casey Alcantara. Duckworth's first title came in August 2010 at the Oceania Closed Championship held in Fiji, he beat fellow Australian Maverick Banes in the final. Out of the nine junior tournaments Duckworth entered in 2010 he managed to reach three finals that resulted in two titles won in Kuching, Malaysia and Manila, Philippines respectively. Duckworth's best junior result came at 2010 Roland Garros Junior Championships where he reached the semi-finals. He reached as high as No. 7 in the combined world rankings in July 2010.

Junior singles titles (3)Edit

Legend (Singles)
Grand Slam (0)
Grade A (0)
Grade B (1)
Grade 1–5 (2)
No. Date Tournament Surface Opponent Score
1. 21 August 2010 Lautoka Hard Maverick Banes 6–4, 6–4
2. 21 March 2011 Kuching Hard Andrew Whittington 6–4, 4–6, 6–4
3. 28 March 2011 Manila Hard Tobias Blomgren 6–3, 6–2

Professional careerEdit


Duckworth entered his first professional tournament in September 2006 as a 14-year-old in Happy Valley, South Australia where he was defeated in the first round of qualifying. He entered his second pro tournament in September 2007; the event was held in Sawtell, New South Wales, and Duckworth made it to the final round of qualifying, but fell at the last hurdle. In November 2008, Duckworth received a wildcard into a Futures tournament held in Perth and made the most of his opportunity; he recorded his first main draw victory in the first round. He followed up the victory with a surprise win over the fifth seed. In the quarterfinals, he fell to fourth seed and eventual champion Andrew Coelho. The following week, Duckworth received another wildcard into an event held in Sorrento, Western Australia, but could not keep the form going as he fell in the first round to James Lemke. Despite entering four Australian Futures toward the end of 2009, Duckworth only won one match and finished 2009 ranked no. 1712.[3]


The 2010 season began for Duckworth with a qualifying wildcard into his hometown ATP event in Sydney where he lost in the first round to fellow Australian Marinko Matosevic 1–6, 3–6. He also received a wildcard into the qualifying tournament of the 2010 Australian Open but fell in the first round to Somdev Devvarman 2–6, 1–6. While not competing in junior tournaments Duckworth played several futures tournaments held in Australia, Netherlands, USA and New Zealand. His best result came in November when he reached the semi-finals of a futures tournament held in New Zealand. Duckworth finished the year ranked 742 in the ATP rankings.


Duckworth began the year playing in the 2012 Brisbane International and the 2012 Australian Open qualifying tournaments after receiving wildcards into each event. Following the Australian summer series of tournaments Duckworth headed to Europe in hopes of boosting his ranking. Duckworth's choice of tournaments would prove successful with four titles and two runners-up in tournaments held across Poland and Italy.[1]

His latest futures title was in Este Padova where he defeated Australian Jason Kubler en route to the final against Daniele Giorgini. These results have enabled him to enter the top 300 and is now also one of Australia's top 10 players.[4] Duckworth capped off the year by reaching the final of the 2012 Australian Open Men's Wildcard Playoff, falling to Marinko Matosevic 6–4, 6–1, 6–2.[5]


Following a successful 2011 season Duckworth was granted main draw wildcards into the Brisbane International, Apia International Sydney and the Australian Open. In the first round of the 2012 Brisbane International Duckworth drew Frenchman Nicolas Mahut. After trailing 0–4 in the first set Duckworth came back and won his first ever ATP match 6–4, 6–4. In the second round of Brisbane Duckworth fell to world no. 12 Gilles Simon 3–6, 5–7 on Pat Rafter Arena. In the 2012 Apia International Sydney Duckworth fell to qualifier and eventual champion Jarkko Nieminen 2–6, 2–6. On his Grand Slam debut Duckworth drew Estonian Jürgen Zopp in the first round, Duckworth came out victorious in straight sets 6–3, 6–4, 6–4. In the second round Duckworth faced world number 9 Janko Tipsarević and got off to a quick start taking the first set. Duckworth would eventually lose in four sets 6–3, 2–6, 6–7, 4–6. Following the Australian Open Duckworth entered the Burnie Challenger where he was a first round casualty to Ben Mitchell 6–4, 3–6, 4–6. A week later Duckworth was seeded third in the Caloundra challenger and lived up to his seeding by reaching his first ever challenger semi-final. He was defeated by eventual champion Marinko Matosevic in the semi-finals 6–7, 3–6.


Duckworth started his year at the 2013 Brisbane International where he lost in the second round of qualifying. He then played in the 2013 Apia International Sydney, where as a wildcard he almost made an upset against world number 46 Denis Istomin 7–6(4), 4–6, 6–7(3). Duckworth then played in the 2013 Australian Open after receiving a wild card. He defeated fellow Australian and good friend Ben Mitchell in the first round 6–4, 7–6(8), 4–6, 5–7, 8–6. He then played another long five set match in the second round, losing to world number 93 player Blaž Kavčič 6–3, 3–6, 4–6, 7–6(3), 8–10.[6] After two first round losses against James Ward at the 2013 McDonald's Burnie International and the Charles Sturt Adelaide International, Duckworth reached the final of the Australia F1 Futures in Melbourne going down against Stephane Robert 6–7(3), 3–6. Duckworth then competed in the 2013 Nature's Way Sydney Tennis International losing to compatriot Samuel Groth in the quarterfinals 6–7(2), 6–7(5).

Duckworth reached the second round at the 2013 All Japan Indoor Tennis Championships after defeating Jose Rubin Statham 6–4, 4–6, 6–3. He went down to second seed Marco Chiudinelli 6–7(5), 7–6(7), 2–6. Duckworth returned to Australia to compete in the Australia F5 tournament in Bundaberg. He reached the final and won it defeating Jason Kubler 7–6(9), 6–2. This was his fifth ITF title and his first in Australia.

After qualifying, Duckworth lost to Blaž Kavčič in round 1 of the 2013 French Open. At Wimbledon, Duckworth progressed through qualifying again, but lost in the first round to fellow qualifier Denis Kudla in 5 sets. In October, Duckworth made the semi-finals of Melbourne Challenger, which improved his ranking to a career high of 132.


Duckworth started his year at the 2014 Brisbane International after being awarded a wildcard. He was defeated in round 1 by Jarkko Nieminen[7]

On 8 January, Duckworth was awarded a wild card into the 2014 Australian Open. His first round opponent was Roger Federer. He lost in straight sets.[8]

In April, Duckworth reached the final of the Cachantún Cup. This was his second Challenger final, but lost to Thiemo de Bakker. Duckworth qualified for the 2014 French Open but lost in round one to Leonardo Mayer. In June, Duckworth qualified for the 2014 Aegon Championships and made round 2, where he lost in a close three-set match against the No. 2 seed, Tomáš Berdych, 4–6 in the third set. Duckworth qualified for 2014 Wimbledon Championships and in round 1, lead Richard Gasquet 2 sets to 1, before ultimately losing in 5.

In July, Duckworth competed in the Lexington Challenger where he defeated countrymen Jordan Thompson in round 2 and Thanasi Kokkinakis in the semi-final. He defeated Brit James Ward, 6–3, 6–4 in the final. This was his first Challenger Title.

Duckworth was beaten in round 2 of qualifying at the US Open. In November, Duckworth made the final of the Charlottesville Challenger. He defeated Brit Liam Broady in the final on 2 November, this was his second career challenger tour. Duckworth finished 2014 with a career-high ranking of No.127.

2015: Top 100Edit

As with the previous three years, Duckworth commenced his season at the 2015 Brisbane International after being awarded a wild card. In round 1, he caused an upset, defeating world no.21 Gilles Simon, 6–2, 6–2. He then defeated Jarkko Nieminen reaching the quarter-finals in an ATP Tour event for the first time in his career.[9] But then he lost to Roger Federer in straight sets 0–6, 1–6.[10] Duckworth was given a wild card into the 2015 Australian Open, where he defeated Blaž Kavčič in round 1 but lost to the 24th seed Richard Gasquet in the second round. In February, Duckworth was the no.1 seed at the Delhi Challenger and Kolkata Challenger. He lost in round 2 at Delhi and lost in the final of Kolkata to Radu Albot. At Indian Wells, Duckworth qualified and defeated Dominic Thiem in round 1 before losing to Fernando Verdasco, as a result of his performance, he secured a top 100 ATP ranking for the first time in his career.[11] Duckworth then qualified for the 2015 Miami Open and reached the second round where he again lost to Verdasco. He then returned to the challenger tour playing in San Luis, Anning and Bordeaux where he lost in the semi-finals, quarter-finals and second round respectively. Duckworth then played in the Tour 250 event in Nice where he defeated lucky losers Frances Tiafoe and Quentin Halys to reach his second ATP tour quarterfinal of 2015 and his career. He then lost to Borna Ćorić in straight sets. At Wimbledon, Duckworth came back from 2 sets to 0 down again Malek Jaziri to win in five sets, posting his first win at Wimbledon.[12] He lost to compatriot Sam Groth in round 2.[13] At the US Open, Duckworth lost in round 1 to Hyeon Chung in straight sets. He played a number of challenger events to finish the season making the quarter finals in Ho Chi Minh, Ningbo and Knoxville. Duckworth ended the year with a ranking of 120.

2016: Elbow injury and ranking dropEdit

Duckworth again commenced the year at the 2016 Brisbane International, but lost in round 1 to Dominic Thiem. He played doubles with Chris Guccione where they made the final losing to Henri Kontinen and John Peers. Duckworth was awarded a wild card into Sydney, where he defeated Íñigo Cervantes and lost to Jérémy Chardy in round 2. At the 2016 Australian Open, Duckwork lost to Lleyton Hewitt in round 1. Duckworth tore a flexor tendon in his right elbow after the Australian Open, he then broke his left wrist doing sprints and sidelined Duckworth for four months. His ranking dropped to outside the top 200.[14] He returned to play in May and won the China F6 in Wuhan and Bangkok Challenger. Duckworth's grass season was unsuccessful, winning just one match in qualifying. In July, Duckworth qualified for the main draw at the 2016 Citi Open, losing in the second round to the number 1 seed, John Isner. Duckworth lost in the final round of qualifying for Rogers Cup and again in Atlanta Open, both in final set tie-breaks. At the US Open, Duckworth was awarded a wild-card. He defeated Robin Haase in round 1. In November, Duckworth won his second and third Challenger titles of the year, defeating compatriot and maiden finalist Marc Polmans in Canberra and Tatsuma Ito in Japan.[15] Duckworth ended the year with a ranking of 103.

2017: Foot surgeryEdit

Duckworth commenced the season at the 2017 Australian Open where he received direct entry for the first time in his career. He lost to Paolo Lorenzi in round 1. Shortly after the loss, Duckworth underwent a foot surgery.[16] Duckworth didn't play again in 2017, ending the year with a ranking of 992.

2018: ReturnEdit

In January, Duckworth attempted to play the Brisbane International and Australian Open, falling in qualifying in both. Duckworth next played the French Open losing to Marin Cilic in round 1. In June, Duckworth reached and retired in the final of the ITF Turkey F22]. Duckworth lost to Alexander Zverev in the first round of Wimbledon. In July Duckworth won his first match on the ATP World Tour in over 18 months at the 2018 Citi Open.[17] Duckworth lost to Andy Murray in the first round of the US Open.[18] Immediately after the US Open, Duckworth qualified for and won the Cary Challenger. This was his first title in 2 years.[19] Duckworth ended 2018 with an ATP singles rank of 234.


In January, Duckworth lost in the first round of the Brisbane International, Sydney International and Australian Open, before returning to the Asian challenger tour, winning the 2019 Bangkok Challenger II. In May, Duckworth lost in the first round of qualifying for the 2019 French Open and in June, the second round of qualifying at Wimbledon. In July, Duckworth returned to the challenger tour in Asian challenger tour reaching the final of the Yokkaichi Challenger and winning Baotou.

2020: First ATP Semi-finalEdit

In February 2020, Duckworth reached his first ATP Tour semi-final in Pune, India.[20]

Singles performance timelineEdit

(W) Won; (F) finalist; (SF) semifinalist; (QF) quarterfinalist; (#R) rounds 4, 3, 2, 1; (RR) round-robin stage; (Q#) qualification round; (A) absent; (P) postponed; (Z#) Davis/Fed Cup Zonal Group (with number indication) or (PO) play-off; (G) gold, (F-S) silver or (SF-B) bronze Olympic medal; a (NMS) downgraded Masters Series/1000 tournament; (NH) not held. SR=strike rate (events won/competed)
To avoid confusion and double counting, these charts are updated at the conclusion of a tournament or when the player's participation has ended.

Current through to the 2019 US Open (tennis).

Tournament 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016 2017 2018 2019 2020 W–L
Grand Slam Tournaments
Australian Open Q1 Q1 2R 2R 1R 2R 1R 1R Q2 1R 3–7
French Open A A Q1 1R 1R 1R A A 1R Q1 0–4
Wimbledon A A Q2 1R 1R 2R Q1 A 1R Q2 1–4
US Open A A Q2 1R Q2 1R 2R A 1R Q1 1–4
Win–Loss 0–0 0–0 1–1 1–4 0–3 2–4 1–2 0–1 0–3 0–1 5–19
Year-End Ranking 742 275 209 136 127 120 103 992 241 100

Doubles Performance timelineEdit

Tournament 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016 2017 2018 2019 2020 W–L
Grand Slam Tournaments
Australian Open 1R 1R 1R 1R 1R 1R A A 1R 0–7
French Open A A A A 1R A A A A 0–1
Wimbledon A A A A A A A A A 0–0
US Open A A A A A A A A 0–0
Win–loss 0–1 0–1 0–1 0–1 0–2 0–1 0–0 0–0 0–1 0–8

ATP career finalsEdit

Doubles: 1 (1 runner-up)Edit

Grand Slam Tournaments (0–0)
Year-End Championships (0–0)
ATP World Tour Masters 1000 (0–0)
ATP World Tour 500 Series (0–0)
ATP World Tour 250 Series (0–1)
Outcome W–L Date Tournament Tier Surface Partner Opponents Score
Loss 0–1 Jan 2016 Brisbane International, Brisbane, Australia 250 Series Hard Chris Guccione Henri Kontinen
John Peers
6–7(4–7), 1–6

Challenger and Futures finalsEdit

Singles: 28 (18–10)Edit

Legend (Singles)
ATP Challenger Tour (11–6)
ITF Futures Tour (7–4)
Titles by Surface
Hard (10–5)
Clay (6–4)
Grass (0–0)
Carpet (1–0)
Result W–L    Date    Tournament Tier Surface Opponent Score
Win 1–0 May 2011 Poland F1, Kraków Futures Clay Grzegorz Panfil 6–3, 6–4
Loss 1–1 May 2011 Poland F2, Katowice Futures Clay Marcin Gawron 4–6, 2–6
Win 2–1 Jun 2011 Poland F4, Bytom Futures Clay Peter Torebko 6–3, 3–6, 6–4
Loss 2–2 Jul 2011 Italy F16, Bologna Futures Clay Daniele Giorgini 6–7(4–7), 6–7(3–7)
Win 3–2 Jul 2011 Italy F17, Sassuolo Futures Clay Thomas Fabbiano 6–1, 6–2
Win 4–2 Aug 2011 Italy F23, Este Futures Clay Daniele Giorgini 6–2, 6–3
Loss 4–3 Feb 2013 Australia F1, Melbourne Futures Hard Stéphane Robert 6–7(3–7), 3–6
Win 5–3 Mar 2013 Australia F5, Bundaberg Futures Clay Jason Kubler 7–6(11–9), 6–2
Win 6–3 May 2013 Chile F3, Santiago Futures Clay Christian Garín 6–1, 6–3
Loss 6–4 Jul 2013 Lexington, USA Challenger Hard James Ward 6–4, 3–6, 4–6
Loss 6–5 Apr 2014 Santiago, Chile Challenger Clay Thiemo de Bakker 6–4, 6–7(10–12), 1–6
Win 7–5 Jul 2014 Lexington, USA Challenger Hard James Ward 6–3, 6–4
Win 8–5 Nov 2014 Charlottesville, USA Challenger Hard (i) Liam Broady 5–7, 6–3, 6–2
Loss 8–6 Feb 2015 Kolkata, India Challenger Hard Radu Albot 6–7(0–7), 1–6
Win 9–6 May 2016 China F6, Wuhan Futures Hard Yusuke Takahashi 6–3, 6–2
Win 10–6 May 2016 Bangkok, Thailand Challenger Hard Sam Barry 7–6(7–5), 6–4
Win 11–6 Nov 2016 Canberra, Australia Challenger Hard Marc Polmans 7–5, 6–3
Loss 11–7 Nov 2016 Kobe, Japan Challenger Hard (i) Chung Hyeon 4–6, 6–7(2–7)
Win 12–7 Nov 2016 Toyota, Japan Challenger Carpet (i) Tatsuma Ito 7–5, 4–6, 6–1
Loss 12–8 Jun 2018 Turkey F22, Antalya Futures Clay Thomas Statzberger 3–6, 0–1 ret.
Win 13–8 Sep 2018 Cary, USA Challenger Hard Reilly Opelka 7–6(7–4), 6–3
Win 14–8 Feb 2019 Bangkok, Thailand Challenger Hard Alejandro Davidovich Fokina 6–4, 6–3
Loss 14–9 Aug 2019 Yokkaichi, Japan Challenger Hard Yuichi Sugita 6–3, 3–6, 6–7(1–7)
Win 15–9 Aug 2019 Baotou, China Challenger Clay (i) Sasikumar Mukund 6–4, 6–3
Loss 15–10 Oct 2019 Las Vegas, USA Challenger Hard Vasek Pospisil 5–7, 7–6(13–11), 3–6
Win 16–10 Nov 2019 Playford, Australia Challenger Hard Yasutaka Uchiyama 7–6(7–2), 6–4
Win 17–10 Nov 2019 Pune, India Challenger Hard Jay Clarke 4–6, 6–4, 6–4
Win 18–10 Feb 2020 Bangalore, India Challenger Hard Benjamin Bonzi 6–4, 6–4

Doubles: 3 (1–2)Edit

Legend (Doubles)
ATP Challenger Tour (1–2)
ITF Futures Tour (0–0)
Titles by Surface
Hard (0–2)
Clay (1–0)
Grass (0–0)
Carpet (0–0)
Result W–L    Date    Tournament Tier Surface Partner Opponents Score
Loss 0–1 Feb 2013 West Lakes, Australia Challenger Hard Greg Jones Sam Groth
Matt Reid
2–6, 4–6
Win 1–1 Apr 2013 Itajaí, Brazil Challenger Clay Pierre-Hugues Herbert Guilherme Clezar
Fabrício Neis
7–5, 6–2
Loss 1–2 Feb 2015 Kolkata, India Challenger Hard Luke Saville Jeevan Nedunchezhiyan
Somdev Devvarman


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