John Millman

John Millman

John Millman
Country  Australia
Residence Brisbane, Australia
Born (1989-06-14) 14 June 1989
Brisbane, Australia
Height 1.83 m (6 ft 0 in)
Turned pro 2006
Plays Right-handed (two-handed backhand)
Prize money $227,602
Career record 2–7 (Grand Slam, ATP Tour level, and Davis Cup)
Career titles 0
Highest ranking No. 126 (1 April 2013)
Current ranking No. 159 (17 November 2014)
Grand Slam Singles results
Australian Open 1R (2013)
French Open Q2 (2010)
Wimbledon Q1 (2010, 2011)
US Open Q3 (2010)
Career record 1–2 (Grand Slam, ATP Tour level, and Davis Cup)
Career titles 0
Highest ranking No. 281 (15 April 2013)
Grand Slam Doubles results
Australian Open 2R (2013)
Last updated on: 10 November 2014.

John Millman (born 14 June 1989) is an Australian professional tennis player. He reached a career-high singles ranking of World No. 126 in April 2013. He is coached by Australian Gary Stickler.

Personal life

Millman was born in Brisbane, Australia, into a family of five children (four girls) and is the second youngest. During his schooling years he attended Brisbane Grammar School then the Anglican Church Grammar School.[1] Outside of tennis he enjoys soccer and supports Liverpool Football Club who compete in the Premier League.[2]

Junior career

Millman made his ITF junior tournament debut in Darwin as a 15 year old in 2004 and reached the quarterfinals. He made his junior Grand Slam debut at the 2006 Australian Open. He would win his first junior tournament in June 2006 at a tournament held in New Caledonia. He would then win his next two tournaments in a row held in Fiji and New Zealand respectively. He competed in his last junior tournament at the 2007 Australian Open.

Junior singles finals (3)

Legend (Singles)
Grand Slam (0)
Grade A (0)
Grade B (0)
Grade 1–5 (3)
Outcome No. Date Tournament Surface Opponent Score
Winner 1. 18 June 2006 Nouméa, New Caledonia Hard Matheson Klein 6–2 7–5
Winner 2. 26 June 2006 Lautoka, Fiji Hard Brendan McKenzie 6–3, 6–2
Winner 3. 4 July 2006 Auckland, New Zealand Hard Mark Verryth 4–6 6–4 6–2

Professional career


In 2008, Millman won the F8 Futures in Australia, was runner-up at an F1 in Romania losing to Răzvan Sabău and made the semis of a Morocco F5 tournament. In 2009, Millman's success on the junior circuit continued, making the final of an F2 in Bulgaria and claiming semi-final appearances in two Italian tournaments and another Bulgarian one. In the same year, Millman injured his back while training with the Australian junior Davis Cup team.[3] Millman improved his career ranking from close to 1,000 to the 300s in 2009. He achieved this by a semi-final performance in a Challenger tournament in Burnie. He won his second Futuresevent in Kalgoorlie defeating Matthew Ebden and Millman also made the second round of qualifying for the Australian Open.

Millman started 2010 by winning a wilcard entry into his hometown tournament, the Brisbane International. Unfortunately, he was drawn to play defending champion Radek Štěpánek in the first round and lost in straight sets. Millman reached the final round of qualifying at the Australian Open qualifying losing to Ukrainian Illya Marchenko. He won his third Futures title in Berri on grass defeating Greg Jones in the final in February. In September Millman returned to Australia to claim his fourth futures title of his career in Darwin with a 6–0 6–1 victory in the final. In October Millman won his first Challenger title in Sacramento over Robert Kendrick 6–3 6–2.


Millman was again awarded a wildcard into the 2011 Brisbane International main draw where he drew fellow Australian Matt Ebden but fell 6-4, 2-6, 4-6. He then competed in Sydney and Australian Open qualifying but fell in the second round in both tournaments. He would then compete in Challengers spread across Asia, Australia and Europe before injuring his shoulder during an Italian futures tournament in April. He continued playing injured until Wimbledon qualifying where he lost in the first round 6-2, 3-6, 5-7 to Fritz Wolmarans. Following the loss at Wimbedlon he returned to Australia and didn't compete in a tennis tournament again until 2012.

At the beginning of 2012 Millman used his protected ranking to enter the 2012 Brisbane International qualifying tournament and managed to win three matches to qualify into the main draw. In the first round of the Brisbane International he faced Santiago Giraldo but lost 3-6 3-6. He would then travel to Melbourne to compete in Australian Open qualifying but was ousted in the first round by Vasek Pospisil 6-3, 6-7(5), 2-6. After a year with mixed results on the future and challenger circuits Millman won his first title in over two years in Bendigo where he defeated Ben Mitchell in the final 6-3 6-3. He finished 2012 with a ranking of 199.


Millman began 2013 at the Brisbane International where he entered qualifying and recorded straight set wins over Luke Saville, Alex Bogomolov and Donald Young to make it into the main draw. He then recorded his first ever ATP win against Tatsuma Ito 6–4, 6–1 in the first round. Following his victory over Ito he was awarded a main draw wildcard into the 2013 Australian Open. In the second round of Brisbane he faced World No. 3 Andy Murray and lost in three sets 6–1 5–7 6–3.

Following an impressive performance at the Brisbane International, an Australian Writer/Sports Physiologist coined the term 'Millminions' to describe Millman's extensive and loyal fans base. This has since been adopted by the Australian tennis community.

Millman received a wildcard entry into the 2013 Apia International Sydney in the lead up to the Australian Open and drew Tommy Robredo in the first round, winning 6–3 6–4.[4] He next took on the third seed, Andreas Seppi for a place in the quarterfinals. Millman impressed taking a set off the world No. 23, but eventually lost in three sets 2–6 6–3 3–6.

Millman then competed at the 2013 Australian Open, which was the debut in the main draw at his home slam.[5] He played World No. 84 Tatsuma Ito in the first round. Millman had recently defeated Ito at the Brisbane International, but Ito got the better of Millman in an epic 5 set match 4–6 4–6 6–3 6–0 5–7. After the loss, Millman mentioned ambitions to make the top 100 by the end of the year.[6]

Millman then played a $50,000 Challenger event at the 2013 McDonald's Burnie International. He defeated compatriot Benjamin Mitchell in the first round despite losing the first set. Although having a first round scare, he cruised through to the final where he faced Stéphane Robert. Millman won the match 6–2 4–6 6–0. This became his second Challenger title.[7] Millman then headed to Adelaide to compete at the 2013 Charles Sturt Adelaide International where he again had to face Robert. This time though, it was in the first round and Robert won the tough match 6–3 3–6 6–7(3).

Attempting to build on his early success in Challenger events in 2013, Millman took part in the $35,000 Shimadzu All Japan Indoor Tennis Championships in Kyoto, Japan. Seeded 4th Millman dispatched two local qualifiers Toshihide Matsui and Hiroki Kondo although he required a third set tiebreaker against Hiroki Kondo. In the quarter-finals, Millman faced 7th seeded German Peter Gojowczyk and again needed a third set - defeating him 6–3, 3–6, 6–3. In the semi-finals, Millman again was pitted against Japanese local hope and 5th seeded Hiroki Moriya who defeated the top seed Yuichi Sugita. The first set was tight with Millman and Moriya trading breaks. Eventually, Millman prevailed in straight sets by the scoreline of 7–6(4), 6–1. In the finals, Millman faced Swiss 2nd seeded Marco Chiudinelli who defeated Millman's doubles partner Matthew Barton in the other semi-final. Millman ousted Chiudinelli in 2 hours and 26 minutes 4–6, 6–4, 7–6(2) to claim his second Challenger title in 2013 and third overall to cap a terrific start to the year.

Millman was awarded a wild card into the 2013 French Open but on 20 May 2013, Millman announced his withdrawal due to a shoulder injury. Millman will be replaced by fellow countryman and rising star Nick Kyrgios who previously had a wildcard for qualification rounds.[8][9]


Millman hadn't played a match since May 2013, but he announced via Twitter on the 19th of February 2014, that he 'hopefully' be back playing by the end of March.[10] It was later announced that his first competition in eleven months would be the Chengdu China F4, commencing on April 7, where he made the quarter final. His ranking as of June 2014 had fallen to #1193. In August 2014, Millman won the Korea F10 and F11. These were his first titles in 17 months. In September, Millman made the semi final of the Sacramento Challenger, losing in three sets to world number 54 Sam Querrey. The following week, Millman made the final of the Tiburon Challenger, but again lost to Sam Querrey in two sets. He rose 241 ranking positions in these two weeks; up to 285. In November, Millman won his fourth career challenger title at the Traralgon 2 against James Ward. [11]

Fan Popularity

Millman applauding his fans after a match at the 2013 Brisbane International.

Millman revealed in early 2012 that support he received while injured and contemplating retirement in 2011 gave him the drive to continue pursuing tennis as a career.[12] While competing at the his hometown tournament, the 2013 Brisbane International, Millman received an immense amount of support at every match he competed in. It was later revealed his supporters had developed a reputation in the locker room. Millman is well known for thanking his supporters following each match and often hands out drinks from the fridge to his fans at the conclusion of his matches. Following his match against Andy Murray, the hashtag term '#Millman' began trending worldwide on Twitter for several hours.


Following Millman's first round victory at the 2013 Brisbane International, Brisbane Times Journalist Phil Lutton coined the term 'Millmania' to describe the sudden and large hysteria surrounding his abrupt success.[13] Major Australian newspaper Sydney Morning Herald has since begun using the term with Millman's continued success in the Apia International.

Challenger and Futures finals

Singles: 21 (12 Titles, 9 Runner-Ups)

ATP Challengers (5–2)
ITF Futures (7-7)
Outcome No. Date Tournament Surface Opponent in the final Score
Runner-up 1. 18 April 2008 Bucharest Clay Răzvan Sabău 5–7, 3–6
Winner 2. 6 October 2008 Traralgon Hard Andrew Coelho 6–2, 6–3
Runner-up 3. 11 June 2009 Stara Zagora Clay Predrag Rusevski 2–6, 3–6
Runner-up 4. 21 September 2009 Darwin Hard Jamie Baker 4–6, 6–2, 3–6
Runner-up 5. 16 November 2009 Esperance Hard Matthew Ebden 3–6, 4–6
Winner 6. 23 November 2009 Kalgoorlie Hard Matthew Ebden 6–2, 7–6(1)
Winner 7. 22 February 2010 Berri Grass Greg Jones 1–6, 6–4, 6–4
Runner-up 8. 6 April 2010 Little Rock Hard Brydan Klein 3–6, 6–3, 3–6
Winner 9. 13 September 2010 Darwin Hard Hiroki Moriya 6–0, 6–1
Runner-up 10. 20 September 2010 Alice Springs Hard Colin Ebelthite 5–7, 6–7(2)
Winner 11. 10 October 2010 Sacramento Hard Robert Kendrick 6–3, 6–2
Runner-up 12. 26 March 2012 Bundaberg Clay Jason Kubler 4–6, 6–1, 1–6
Runner-up 13. 7 May 2012 Busan Hard Tatsuma Ito 4–6, 3–6
Winner 14. 4 November 2012 Bendigo Hard Benjamin Mitchell 6–3, 6–3
Winner 15. 28 January 2013 Burnie Hard Stéphane Robert 6–2, 4–6, 6–0
Winner 16. 10 March 2013 Kyoto Carpet Marco Chiudinelli 4–6, 6–4, 7–6(2)
Winner 17. 11 August 2014 Chuncheon Hard Jose Rubin Statham 6–3, 6–7(4), 7–6(5)
Winner 18. 18 August 2014 Anseong Clay (i) Jose Rubin Statham 6–1, 7–5
Runner-up 19. 12 October 2014 Tiburon Hard Sam Querrey 4–6, 2–6
Winner 20. 3 November 2014 Traralgon 2 Hard James Ward 6–4, 6–1
Winner 21. 16 November 2014 Yokohama Hard Kyle Edmund 6–4, 6–4


  1. ^ Mason, James (2011). Churchie: The Centenary Register. Brisbane, Australia: The Anglican Church Grammar School.  
  2. ^ "Local Millman makes Brisbane main draw".  
  3. ^ "Queensland Academy of Sport".  
  4. ^ Millman on a roll ahead of Open - ABC Grandstand Sport - ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)
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  11. ^ Federico Coppini (9 November 2014). "Millman triumphant in Traralgon". Retrieved 10 November 2014. 
  12. ^ John Millman - Post Match - 2012 McDonalds Burnie International. 
  13. ^ Phil Lutton accessdate=3 January 2013 (3 January 2013). "Tennis's night of nights for underdog Millman". Brisbane Times. 

External links

  • John Millman profile on ATP World Tour
  • John Millman profile on Tennis Australia