John-Patrick Smith

John-Patrick Smith

John-Patrick Tracey Smith[1]
John-Patrick Smith playing at Wimbledon 2013
Country  Australia
Residence Townsville, Queensland
Born (1989-01-24) 24 January 1989
Townsville, Queensland
Height 1.88 m (6 ft 2 in)
Turned pro July, 2011
Plays Left-handed (Two-handed backhand)
Prize money US$ 296,329
Career record 0–3 (in ATP World Tour and Grand Slam main draw matches, and in Davis Cup)
Career titles 0 (ATP World Tour and Grand Slam)
Highest ranking No. 172 (28 July 2014)
Current ranking No. 199 (17 November 2014)
Grand Slam Singles results
Australian Open 1R (2013)
French Open A
Wimbledon Q1 (2013, 2014)
US Open Q1 (2012, 2014)
Career record 9–14 (in ATP World Tour and Grand Slam main draw matches, and in Davis Cup)
Career titles 0 (ATP World Tour and Grand Slam)
Highest ranking No. 68 (17 March 2014)
Current ranking No. 82 (17 November 2014)
Grand Slam Doubles results
Australian Open 2R (2013)
French Open 1R (2013)
Wimbledon 2R (2013, 2014)
US Open 1R (2014)
Last updated on: 22 November 2014.

John-Patrick "JP" Smith (born 24 January 1989) is an Australian professional tennis player and 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]

Smith reached his highest ATP singles ranking, No. 172 on 28 July 2014, and his highest ATP doubles ranking, No. 68, on 17 March 2014.[2]

College career

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 former American 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.[3]

2011 SEC Athlete of the Year

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.[4] 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 career


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.


In 2013, Smith competed mostly on the challenger circuit. His first title came on August 25 at the Canada F6, where he defeated Ante Pavic 3–6, 6–4, 6–3 in the final [5] 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.


Smith made the second round of 2014 Australian Open before losing to Denis Kudla. Smith 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. Smith lost in the first round of Wimbledon qualifying to Farrukh Dustov.

ATP career finals (14)

Singles (1)

ATP Challengers (1)
Finals by Surface
Hard (1–0)
Clay (0–0)
Grass (0–0)
Carpet (0–0)
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)

Doubles (13)

ATP Challengers (13)
Finals by Surface
Hard (8–4)
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

Doubles performance timeline

Tournament 2012 2013 2014 SR W–L
Grand Slams
Australian Open 1R 2R 0 / 2 1–2
French Open 1R 0 / 1 0–1
Wimbledon 2R 0 / 1 1–1
U.S. Open 1R 0 / 1 0–1
Win–Loss 0–1 2–4 0 / 5 2–5


  1. ^ a b c "John-Patrick Smith".  
  2. ^ "ATP Tour Players - John-Patrick Smith". ATP World Tour. Retrieved 24 June 2013. 
  3. ^ "Vols Named ITA All-Academic for 3rd Year". University of Tennessee. Retrieved 22 December 2012. 
  4. ^ "Smith Voted SEC Athlete of the Year". University of Tennessee. Retrieved 22 December 2012. 
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