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John-Patrick Tracey "JP" Smith (born 24 January 1989) is an Australian professional tennis player who competes mainly on the ATP Challenger Tour, both in singles and doubles. He attended the University of Tennessee from 2007 through 2011 where he was a four-time All-American and made it to the college No. 1 ranking in both singles and doubles.[1]

John-Patrick Smith
John-Patrick Smith 5, 2015 Wimbledon Qualifying - Diliff.jpg
Full nameJohn-Patrick Tracey Smith[1]
Country (sports) Australia
ResidenceTownsville, Queensland
Born (1989-01-24) 24 January 1989 (age 30)
Townsville, Queensland
Height188 cm (6 ft 2 in)
Turned proJuly 2011
PlaysLeft-handed (two-handed backhand)
CoachCameron Whiting
Prize money$1,057,385
Singles
Career record5–19 (ATP Tour and Grand Slam main draws, and in Davis Cup)
Career titles0
Highest rankingNo. 108 (28 September 2015)
Current rankingNo. 193 (31 December 2018)[2]
Grand Slam Singles results
Australian Open1R (2013)
French OpenQ2 (2015)
Wimbledon1R (2015, 2018)
US Open1R (2015, 2017)
Doubles
Career record34–40 (ATP Tour and Grand Slam main draws, and in Davis Cup)
Career titles1
Highest rankingNo. 52 (11 September 2017)
Current rankingNo. 55 (30 July 2018)
Grand Slam Doubles results
Australian Open2R (2013, 2015)
French Open1R (2013, 2018)
Wimbledon2R (2013, 2014, 2017)
US OpenQF (2017)
Mixed doubles
Grand Slam Mixed Doubles results
Australian OpenF (2019)
Wimbledon1R (2017)
Last updated on: 26 January 2019.

Smith reached his highest ATP singles ranking of No. 108 on 28 September 2015, and his highest ATP doubles ranking of No. 52, on 11 September 2017. In July 2015, Smith won his maiden ATP tour match defeating fellow Aussie Bernard Tomic in the first round of the Hall of Fame Championships in Newport.[3] He went on to reach the semifinals.

In 2019, he reached the final of the Australian Open mixed doubles alongside fellow Aussie Astra Sharma.

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College careerEdit

Knoxville became Smith's home away from home when he enrolled at the University of Tennessee in August 2007. It was on those campus' hard courts that he became one of the most prolific athletes in Tennessee and Intercollegiate Tennis Association history.

Coached by Sam Winterbotham and American former tennis star Chris Woodruff, Smith became a mainstay in the college top 10 in singles and doubles while helping the Volunteers to their best four-year period in program history. Smith played No. 1 in the singles and doubles lineups nearly his entire career. He was voted the Southeastern Conference Player of the Year in 2010 and 2011 as a junior and senior. As a team, Tennessee won the conference title both those years and reached the NCAA final in 2010. Smith eventually became the Vols' career combined wins leader with 298 (152 singles wins, 146 doubles wins).[1]

He was consistently among the top tennis players year in, year out. He finished his career as the second player in college tennis history to earn singles and doubles ITA All-America honors all four years of his career, joining eventual world No. 1 doubles player Rick Leach of Southern California.

Smith enjoyed his best season as a junior in 2009–10. He swept the singles and doubles titles at the 2009 ITA All-American Championships, one of college tennis' "Grand Slams." His superb play during the fall's individual tournament season helped eventual propel Smith to the No. 1 national singles ranking on 17 April 2010. In addition to being ranked No. 1 in singles, he also held the No. 1 ITA national doubles ranking during portions of the 2009, 2010 and 2011 seasons. He was part of the ITA National Doubles Team of the Year with Davey Sandgren in 2009 and Boris Conkic in 2011. He reached the NCAA finals in doubles with Sandgren in 2010 and 2011.

One of Smith's major career accomplishments at Tennessee came off the court entirely. He earned his undergraduate degree in economics in May 2011. He was an academic award winner for the Vols, year in, year out. He earned an NCAA Postgraduate Scholarship and was a three-time ITA Academic Scholar Athlete.[4]

2011 SEC Athlete of the YearEdit

A month after his college career ended, Smith became the first Vol since Peyton Manning in 1998 to be voted SEC Athlete of the Year by conference athletic directors.[5] Other male athletes from Tennessee to earn this honor at the time included baseball star Todd Helton (1995) and football wide receiver Larry Seivers (1977).

Professional careerEdit

 
Smith in 2013

2012Edit

In April, Smith won the US F11, defeating Pedro Zerbini 6–2, 6–0 in the final. In July 2012, Smith won the Winnetka Challenger against Ricardas Berankis 3–6, 6–3, 7–6 in the final. This was his first challenger title, which he also had to qualify. [6]

2013Edit

In 2013, Smith competed mostly on the challenger circuit. His first title came on 25 August at the Canada F6, where he defeated Ante Pavic 3–6, 6–4, 6–3 in the final [7] Smith also enjoyed a successful week in Tiburon; with his quarterfinal finish he vaulted 15 spots to a new career-high ranking of No.208.

2014Edit

Smith made the second round of qualifying before losing to Denis Kudla in straight sets. He qualified for Indian Wells but lost in round 1 to Robin Haase.

Smith made the final of the Taipei Challenger, losing to Gilles Müller 3–6, 3–6. This increased his ranking to a career high of #181. He lost in the first round of Wimbledon qualifying to Farrukh Dustov. In the two Traralgon Challengers, Smith lost in the semi final to Bradley Klahn in 1 and in the quarter final to Ben Mitchell in 2.

In December, Smith narrowly missed out on a wild-card into the 2015 Australian Open, losing in the final of the Australian play off to Jordan Thompson 1–6, 3–6, 6–1, 7–6, 7–9. Smith ended 2014 with a ranking of 201.

2015Edit

 
Smith in 2015

Smith commenced 2015 at the inaugural Onkaparina Challenger, but lost in round one to Marcos Baghdatis. He was eliminated in the second round of qualifying for the Australian Open to compatriot Omar Jasika 7–6, 3–6, 10–12. In February, Smith headed to USA where he made the quarter final of the Dallas Challenger. He then played and qualified for the Delray Beach main draw. This was fourth ATP World Tour event for which he has qualified.[8] He drew No.1 seed Kevin Anderson and lost in round 1. Smith lost in round 1 of qualifying for Indian Wells before returning to the Challenger tour, where he won the Drummondville Challenger over crowd favourite, Frank Dancevic. This was his second career Challenger title and first since 2012. [9] This win gave Smith a near career high of 163. In June, Smith secured his first Grand Slam main draw entry via qualifying for the first time in his career at Wimbledon. [10] He lost in round 1 to Kenny de Schepper in 5 sets, despite leading 2 sets to 0. [11] In July, Smith entered the Newport Championships and defeated compatriot and third seed Bernard Tomic in round one, his first win on the ATP World Tour [12]on the way to the semi final where he lost to eventual champion Rajeev Ram. [13] At the US Open, Smith qualified before losing to Mikhail Youzhny in round 1. Smith ended 2015 with a ranking of 129.

2016Edit

Smith began 2016 with a wild card into the 2016 Brisbane International. He lost in round 1. Smith made the second round of qualifying at the Australian Open. In February, Smith qualified for Delray and defeated world number 26 and number 3 seed Ivo Karlović in round 1. He lost to Juan Martín del Potro in round 2. He lost in the qualifying rounds of Mexican Open, Indian Wells and Miami Masters. In April and May, Smith returned to the Challenger Circuit across Asia and Europe with limited success. In June, Smith lost in round 1 of Wimbledon qualifying. In July, Smith defeated compatriot Jordan Thompson in round 1 of Hall of Fame Tennis Championship, but lost to Marco Chiudinelli in round 2. Smith lost in round 1 of US Open qualifying before returning to the Challenger circuit in USA and Australia in September, October and November. Smith ended 2016 with a singles ranking of 226.

2017Edit

Smith began 2017 narrowly missing out on qualifying for 2017 Brisbane International and 2017 Australian Open, before playing a number of challengers in North America. His best result being a semi-final result at Drummondville in March. In April, Smith travelled to Europe and lost in the first round of qualifying for the 2017 French Open and Surbiton Challenger before qualifying for and making the quarter finals of the Nottingham Challenger in June. At Wimbledon, Smith lost in the last round of qualifying, 10–12 in the fifth set. In August, Smith qualified for the Cincinnati Masters but lost to Richard Gasquet in round 1. In September, Smith reached the 2017 US Open – Men's Doubles quarter final.

2018: First ATP World Tour Doubles titleEdit

Smith commenced the season qualifying for the 2018 Brisbane International. He lost in round one to Mischa Zverev. Smith lost in the final round of qualifying for the Australian Open. In March, Smith travelled to USA and played on the Challenger circuit, reaching the final of the León Challenger in Mexico. In May, Smith lost in the qualifying for the French Open. In June, Smith qualified for and lost in round 1 of 2018 Wimbledon Championships. In July, Smith won his first ATP World Tour doubles title in Atlanta Open. Smith competed on the Challenger circuit for the rest of 2018 with limited success.

Grand Slam finalsEdit

Mixed doubles (1 runner-up)Edit

Outcome Year Championship Surface Partner Opponents Score
Loss 2019 Australian Open Hard   Astra Sharma   Barbora Krejčíková
  Rajeev Ram
6–7(3–7), 1–6

ATP career finalsEdit

Doubles: 3 (1 title, 2 runner-up)Edit

Legend (Doubles)
Grand Slam Tournaments (0–0)
ATP World Tour Finals (0–0)
ATP World Tour Masters 1000 (0–0)
ATP World Tour 500 Series (0–0)
ATP World Tour 250 Series (1–2)
Finals by surface
Hard (1–1)
Clay (0–0)
Grass (0–1)
Result W–L    Date    Tournament Tier Surface Partner Opponents Score
Loss 0–1 Jul 2017 Hall of Fame Tennis Championships, United States 250 Series Grass   Matt Reid   Aisam-ul-Haq Qureshi
  Rajeev Ram
4–6, 6–4, [7–10]
Loss 0–2 Feb 2018 Delray Beach Open, United States 250 Series Hard   Nicholas Monroe   Jack Sock
  Jackson Withrow
6–4, 4–6, [8–10]
Win 1–2 Jul 2018 Atlanta Open, United States 250 Series Hard   Nicholas Monroe   Ryan Harrison
  Rajeev Ram
3–6, 7–6(7–5), [10–8]

ATP Challenger finals (17)Edit

Singles (6)Edit

Legend
ATP Challengers (6)
Finals by Surface
Hard (2–3)
Clay (0–0)
Grass (0–0)
Carpet (0–1)
Outcome No. Date Tournament Surface Opponents in the final Score
Winner 1. 7 July 2012 Winnetka, United States Hard   Ričardas Berankis 3–6, 6–3, 7–6(7–3)
Runner-up 2. 4 May 2014 Taipei, Taiwan Carpet   Gilles Müller 3–6, 3–6
Winner 3. 22 March 2015 Drummondville, Canada Hard   Frank Dancevic 6–7(11–13), 7–6(7–3), 7–5
Runner-up 4. 23 August 2015 Vancouver, Canada Hard   Dudi Sela 4–6, 5–7
Runner-up 5. 29 April 2018 León, Mexico Hard   Christopher Eubanks 4–6, 6–3, 6–7(4–7)
Runner-up 6. 05 May 2019 Puerto Vallarta, Mexico Hard   Sebastian Ofner 6-7(8-10), 6-3, 3–6.

Doubles: 17 (10 winners, 7 runners-up)Edit

Legend
ATP Challengers (17)
Finals by Surface
Hard (10–6)
Clay (0–1)
Grass (0–0)
Carpet (0–0)
Outcome No. Date Tournament Surface Partnering Opponents in the final Score
Winners 1. 4 February 2012 Burnie, Australia Hard   John Peers   Divij Sharan
  Vishnu Vardhan
6–2, 6–4
Winners 2. 11 February 2012 Caloundra, Australia Hard   John Peers   John Paul Fruttero
  Raven Klaasen
7–6(7–5), 6–4
Winners 3. 15 April 2012 León, Mexico Hard   John Peers   César Ramírez
  Bruno Rodríguez
6–3, 6–3
Runner-up 1. 7 July 2012 Winnetka, United States Hard   John Peers   Devin Britton
  Jeff Dadamo
6–1, 2–6, [6–10]
Runner-up 2. 5 August 2012 Vancouver, Canada Hard   John Peers   Maxime Authom
  Ruben Bemelmans
4–6, 2–6
Winners 4. 6 October 2012 Belém, Brazil Hard   John Peers   Nicholas Monroe
  Simon Stadler
6–3, 6–2
Winners 5. 4 November 2012 Charlottesville, United States Indoor Hard   John Peers   Jarmere Jenkins
  Jack Sock
7–5, 6–1
Winners 6. 2 February 2013 Burnie, Australia Hard   Ruan Roelofse   Brydan Klein
  Dane Propoggia
6–2, 6–2
Winners 7. 24 March 2013 Rimouski, Canada Indoor Hard   Samuel Groth   Philipp Marx
  Florin Mergea
7–6 (5), 7–6 (7)
Runner-up 3. 13 April 2013 Guadalajara, Mexico Hard   Samuel Groth   Marin Draganja
  Mate Pavic
7–5, 2–6, [11–13]
Runner-up 4. 21 April 2013 Mexico City, Mexico Hard   Jordan Kerr   Carsten Ball
  Chris Guccione
3–6, 6–3, [9–11]
Runner-up 5. 5 May 2013 Anning, China Clay   Samuel Groth   Victor Baluda
  Dino Marcan
7–6(7–5), 4–6, [7–10]
Winners 8. 12 May 2013 Kun-Ming, China Hard   Samuel Groth   Go Soeda
  Yasutaka Uchiyama
6–4, 6–1
Winner 9. 30 October 2016 Traralgon, Australia Hard   Matt Reid   Matthew Barton
  Matthew Ebden
6–4, 6–4
Winners 10. 12 February 2017 San Francisco, USA Hard   Matt Reid   Gong Maoxin
  Zhang Ze
6–7(4–7), 7–5, [10–7]
Runner-up 6 20 May 2018 Busan, South Korea Hard   Ruan Roelofse   Hsieh Cheng-peng

  Christopher Rungkat

4–6, 3–6
Runner-up 7. 20 May 2018 Calgary, USA Hard   Matt Reid   Robert Galloway
  Nathan Pasha
4-6, 6-4, [6-10]

Performance timelinesEdit

Current through the 2018 US Open.

SinglesEdit

Tournament 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016 2017 2018 SR W–L
Grand Slam tournaments
Australian Open Q1 1R Q1 Q2 Q2 Q3 Q3 0 / 1 0–1
French Open A A A Q2 A Q1 Q1 0 / 0 0–0
Wimbledon A Q1 Q1 1R Q1 Q3 1R 0 / 2 0–2
US Open Q1 A Q1 1R Q1 1R Q1 0 / 2 0–2
Total 0–0 0–1 0–0 0–2 0–0 0–1 0–1 0 / 5 0–5
Career statistics
Overall Win–Loss 0–0 0–1 0–2 3–5 2–4 0–3 0–4 5–18
Year-end ranking 244 221 201 129 226 219 23%

DoublesEdit

Tournament 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016 2017 2018 SR W–L
Grand Slam tournaments
Australian Open 1R 2R 1R 2R 1R 1R 1R 0 / 7 2–7
French Open A 1R A A A A 1R 0 / 2 0–2
Wimbledon A 2R 2R A A 2R 1R 0 / 4 3–4
US Open A 1R 1R A A QF 1R 0 / 4 2–4
Win–Loss 0–1 2–4 1–3 1–1 0–1 3–3 0–4 0 / 17 7–17
Career statistics
Titles / Finals 0 / 0 0 / 0 0 / 0 0 / 0 0 / 0 0 / 1 0 / 0 0 / 1
Overall Win–Loss 0–1 5–7 4–6 3–4 3–4 10–8 5–9 30–37
Year-end ranking 103 73 82 261 79 68 45%

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b c "John-Patrick Smith". UTSports.com. CBS Sports College Network. 1 August 2011. Retrieved 1 July 2012.
  2. ^ "John-Patrick Smith - Overview - ATP World Tour - Tennis". Retrieved 2 January 2019.
  3. ^ "ATP Tour Players – John-Patrick Smith". ATP World Tour. Retrieved 24 June 2013.
  4. ^ "Vols Named ITA All-Academic for 3rd Year". utsports.com. University of Tennessee. Retrieved 22 December 2012.
  5. ^ "Smith Voted SEC Athlete of the Year". utsports.com. University of Tennessee. Retrieved 22 December 2012.
  6. ^ "JP Smith wins Winnetka Challenger". www.tennis.com.au. 10 July 2012. Retrieved 15 July 2015.
  7. ^ http://www.atpworldtour.com/posting/2013/6396/mds.pdf
  8. ^ "JP Smith qualifies for 4th Career ATP Main Draw". wwwjpsmithtennis.com. 16 February 2015. Retrieved 2 April 2015.
  9. ^ "Townsville's John-Patrick Smith secures second Challenger title with hard-fought Drummondville triumph". Marc McGowan. www.acelandtennis.com.au. 23 March 2015. Archived from the original on 4 April 2015. Retrieved 2 April 2015.
  10. ^ "Australia dazzles on final day of Wimbledon qualifying". www.tennis.com.au/. 26 June 2015. Retrieved 26 June 2015.
  11. ^ Michael Chammas (30 June 2015). "Wimbledon 2015: Day one wrap up after 11 Australians begin their campaign". www.smh.com.au. Retrieved 15 July 2015.
  12. ^ "Smith upsets Tomic in Newport". www.tennis.com.au. 14 July 2015. Retrieved 17 July 2015.
  13. ^ "Smith's Run Ends in Newport Semis". www.tennis.com.au. 19 July 2015. Retrieved 20 July 2015.

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