Timothy Smyczek (// SMEE-chek; Polish pronunciation: [ˈsmɨtʂɛk]; born December 30, 1987) is a former American professional tennis player. 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.
|Country (sports)||United States|
|Residence||Dallas, Texas, U.S.|
|Born||December 30, 1987|
Milwaukee, Wisconsin, U.S.
|Height||5 ft 9 in (1.75 m)|
|Plays||Right-handed (two-handed backhand)|
7 Challengers, 1 Futures
|Highest ranking||No. 68 (April 6, 2015)|
|Current ranking||No. 229 (l July 2019)|
|Grand Slam Singles results|
|Australian Open||2R (2013, 2015, 2016, 2018)|
|French Open||1R (2011, 2015)|
|US Open||3R (2013)|
1 Challenger, 2 Futures
|Highest ranking||No. 160 (24 February 2014)|
|Current ranking||No. - (1 July 2019)|
|Grand Slam Doubles results|
|Wimbledon||1R (2013, 2015)|
|US Open||3R (2014)|
|Last updated on: 13 July 2019.|
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. On November 21, 2015, Smyczek married Ana Pier.
As a junior, Smyczek reached as high as No. 14 in the world combined rankings in January 2005.
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. 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.
In 2018 Smyczek attained his best main tour result by reaching the semi-finals of Newport.
ATP career finalsEdit
Doubles: 1 (0–1)Edit
|Runner-up||1.||July 15, 2013||Campbell's Hall of Fame Tennis Championships, Newport, United States||Grass||Rhyne Williams|| Nicolas Mahut
|7–6(7–4), 2–6, [5–10]|
Challenger tournament finalsEdit
|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
|Runner-up||1.||April 28, 2013||Savannah, US||Clay||Michael Russell|| Teymuraz Gabashvili
Singles performance timelineEdit
Current through 2018 French Open.
|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%|
- "Smyczek Ties The Knot". ATP World Tour. November 21, 2015. Retrieved December 10, 2015.
- "Another Loss for Nice Guys; This One Wins Praise". New York Times. January 21, 2015. Retrieved November 7, 2016.