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Timothy Smyczek (/ˈsmɛk/ SMEE-chek; Polish pronunciation: [ˈsmɨtʂɛk]; born December 30, 1987) is a former American professional tennis player[1]. He made 3 quarterfinals on the main tour as well as the semi-finals of Newport in 2018. Additionally he won seven Challenger titles. He achieved a career-high singles ranking of World No. 68 in April 2015. Smyczek recorded wins over several notable players in his career including Kei Nishikori, John Isner, Ivo Karlovic, Sam Querrey, Robby Ginepri, Gilles Muller, and Benjamin Becker.[2]

Tim Smyczek
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Country (sports) United States
ResidenceDallas, Texas, U.S.
Born (1987-12-30) December 30, 1987 (age 31)
Milwaukee, Wisconsin, U.S.
Height5 ft 9 in (1.75 m)
Turned pro2006
PlaysRight-handed (two-handed backhand)
CoachDustin Taylor
Prize money$2,013,618
Singles
Career record42-83
Career titles0
7 Challengers, 1 Futures
Highest rankingNo. 68 (April 6, 2015)
Current rankingNo. 229 (l July 2019)
Grand Slam Singles results
Australian Open2R (2013, 2015, 2016, 2018)
French Open1R (2011, 2015)
Wimbledon1R (2015)
US Open3R (2013)
Doubles
Career record8–10
Career titles0
1 Challenger, 2 Futures
Highest rankingNo. 160 (24 February 2014)
Current rankingNo. - (1 July 2019)
Grand Slam Doubles results
Wimbledon1R (2013, 2015)
US Open3R (2014)
Last updated on: 13 July 2019.

Personal lifeEdit

Smyczek plays the violin and wants to be a lawyer when his tennis career is over. He is good friends with Mardy Fish. He is also a Roman Catholic and a cooperator of Opus Dei.[3] On November 21, 2015, Smyczek married Ana Pier.[4]

Tennis careerEdit

JuniorsEdit

As a junior, Smyczek reached as high as No. 14 in the world combined rankings in January 2005.

Pro tourEdit

Smyczek reached the quarterfinals of the SAP Open in 2011, beating Kei Nishikori en route, but lost to Gaël Monfils. He qualified again in 2012, but lost to Mardy Fish in the first round.

In April 2012, he won his first Challenger title, defeating Frank Dancevic in the Tallahassee final, Dancevic retiring after losing the first set 5–7.

For the 2013 Australian Open, Smyczek earned entry as the last entry in the field and lucky loser, the highest-ranked player (ATP ranking of no. 128) who lost in the finals of qualifying. After beating Ivo Karlović in the first round, he lost to world no. 4 David Ferrer in the second round in four sets.

Tim lost the first round of the 2013 French Open qualifying. He fared better at Wimbledon; he made it to the third round of qualifying for the first time, losing to Matt Reid in four sets. Tim reached the doubles final of the 2013 Hall of Fame Tennis Championships with Rhyne Williams as his partner. In the final the American duo fell to Nicolas Mahut and his partner and fellow Frenchmen Edouard Roger-Vasselin. Tim made it to the third round of the Citi Open. He qualified for the Rogers Cup and made it to the second round.

At the 2015 Australian Open, Smyczek entered the main draw as a qualifier, and lost in a four-hour match that ended 7–5 in the fifth set against World No. 3 Rafael Nadal in the second round. In the final game of the match, he graciously allowed Nadal to repeat a crucial first serve when Nadal’s serve landed out, possibly due to a disturbance by a member of the crowd. Smyczek (not the chair umpire) initiated the decision for Nadal to repeat the first serve. Smyczek’s sportsmanship resulted in praise from Nadal and the crowd after the match.[5] He would go on to achieve his career high rank of 68 in April.

In 2016 Smyczek made the quarterfinals in Houston and Delray Beach.[6]

In 2018 Smyczek attained his best main tour result by reaching the semi-finals of Newport.[7]

In 2019 Smyczek announced his plans to retire after the U.S. Open but was not granted a wild card. His last match was at the Citi Open.[8] [9]

ATP career finalsEdit

Doubles: 1 (0–1)Edit

Legend
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 (0–1)
Titles by surface
Hard (0–0)
Clay (0–0)
Grass (0–1)
Carpet (0–0)
Outcome No. Date Tournament Surface Partner Opponents Score
Runner-up 1. July 15, 2013 Campbell's Hall of Fame Tennis Championships, Newport, United States Grass   Rhyne Williams   Nicolas Mahut
  Édouard Roger-Vasselin
7–6(7–4), 2–6, [5–10]

Challenger tournament finalsEdit

Singles (7–6)Edit

Outcome No. Date Tournament Surface Opponent Score
Runner-up 1. June 29, 2009 Winnetka, US Hard   Alex Kuznetsov 4–6, 6–7(1–7)
Runner-up 2. March 22, 2010 Rimouski, Canada Hard   Rik de Voest 0–6, 5–7
Runner-up 3. July 3, 2010 Winnetka, US Hard   Brian Dabul 1–6, 6–1, 1–6
Winner 1. April 2, 2012 Tallahassee, US Hard   Frank Dancevic 7–5 RET
Winner 2. November 17, 2012 Champaign, US Hard(i)   Jack Sock 2–6, 7–6(7–1), 7–5
Runner-up 4. September 30, 2013 Sacramento, US Hard   Donald Young 5–7, 3–6
Winner 3. November 10, 2013 Knoxville, US Hard   Peter Polansky 6–4, 6–2
Runner-up 5. September 28, 2014 Napa, US Hard   Sam Querrey 3–6, 1–6
Winner 4. February 7, 2015 Dallas, US Hard(i)   Rajeev Ram 6–2, 4–1 RET
Runner-up 6. March 22, 2015 Irving, US Hard   Aljaž Bedene 6–7(3–7), 6–3, 3–6
Winner 5. October 4, 2015 Tiburon, US Hard   Denis Kudla 1–6, 6–1, 7–6(9–7)
Winner 6. November 5, 2017 Charlottesville, US Hard   Tennys Sandgren 6–7(5–7), 6–3, 6–2
Winner 7. November 19, 2017 Champaign, US Hard   Bjorn Fratangelo 6–2, 6–4

Doubles (0–1) Edit

Outcome No. Date Tournament Surface Partner Opponents Score
Runner-up 1. April 28, 2013 Savannah, US Clay   Michael Russell   Teymuraz Gabashvili
  Denys Molchanov
2–6, 5–7

Singles performance timelineEdit

Key
W  F  SF QF #R RR Q# A P Z# PO G F-S SF-B NMS NH
(W) Won; (F) finalist; (SF) semifinalist; (QF) quarterfinalist; (#R) rounds 4, 3, 2, 1; (RR) round-robin stage; (Q#) qualification round; (A) absent; (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 2018 French Open.

Tournament 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016 2017 2018 SR W–L Win %
Grand Slam Tournaments
Australian Open A A A A A Q2 Q3 2R 1R 2R 2R Q3 2R 0 / 4 4-5 44%
French Open A A A A A 1R Q1 Q1 Q3 1R Q1 Q2 Q1 0 / 2 0–2 0%
Wimbledon A A A A Q1 A Q2 Q3 Q3 1R Q2 Q2 0 / 1 0–1 0%
US Open A A Q1 Q2 1R Q1 2R 3R 2R 1R Q2 1R 0 / 6 4–6 40%
Win–Loss 0–0 0–0 0–0 0–0 0–1 0–1 1–1 3–2 1–2 1–4 1–1 0–1 1–1 0 / 13 7–13 35%

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ https://www.norcaltennisczar.com/2019/08/consummate-pro-smyczek-retires-at-31.html
  2. ^ https://www.atptour.com/en/players/tim-smyczek/sf62/player-activity
  3. ^ http://www.ncregister.com/daily-news/a-gentlemans-guide-to-pro-tennis-and-life/
  4. ^ "Smyczek Ties The Knot". ATP World Tour. November 21, 2015. Retrieved December 10, 2015.
  5. ^ "Another Loss for Nice Guys; This One Wins Praise". New York Times. January 21, 2015. Retrieved November 7, 2016.
  6. ^ https://www.atptour.com/en/players/tim-smyczek/sf62/player-activity?year=2016
  7. ^ https://www.atptour.com/en/players/tim-smyczek/sf62/player-activity?year=2018
  8. ^ https://www.norcaltennisczar.com/2019/08/consummate-pro-smyczek-retires-at-31.html
  9. ^ https://www.atptour.com/en/players/tim-smyczek/sf62/player-activity?year=2019

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