John-Patrick “JP” Smith
Birth Date: 24/01/1989
Birth Place: Townsville, Queensland
Resides: Townsville, Queensland
Plays: Left Handed – Two-handed Backhand
Favourite Surface: Hard
Age Started Tennis: 6
Turned Pro: 2011
JP attended the University of Tennessee from 2007 to 2011 where he was a four-time All-American on their hard courts, coached by Sam Winterbotham & Chris Woodruff, making it to the college No. 1 ranking in both singles and doubles.
He was voted the Southeastern Conference Player of the Year in 2010 and 2011 as a junior and senior. He became the Vols’ career combined wins leader with 298 (152 singles wins, 146 doubles wins).
JP 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.
In April 2012, JP won the US F11, defeating Pedro Zerbini 6-2, 6-0 in the final. In July 2012, he won the Winnetka Challenger against Ricardas Berankis 3-6, 6-3, 7-6 in the final. This was his first Challenger title. In 2013, JP competed mostly on the challenger circuit. His first 2013 title came on August 25 at the Canada F6, where he defeated Ante Pavic 3–6, 6–4, 6–3 in the final. 2014 was a highly successful year which saw him reach his then highest ATP singles ranking, 177, on 7 July, and his highest ATP doubles ranking, 68, on 17 March.
In doubles, JP and partner Matt Reid made a great start to the year by winning the Burnie International Challenger in Australia, beating Matsui and Udomchoke 6-4, 6-2 in the final. They then reached the semis at West Lakes, Australia. In singles, JP also made the quarter final of the West Lakes event. JP then partnered Michael Venus to reach the final of the Irving, Texas Challenger, eventually losing in three tight sets to Gonzalez and Lipsky.
In April, JP reached the singles final of the Taipei Challenger, losing to Gilles Müller 3-6, 3-6. This increased his ranking to a career high of 181. Another change of doubles partners to Austin Krajicek was also successful with the pair reaching the doubles final of the Taipei Challenger, this time losing narrowly to Guccione and Groth. In May JP next partnered Jamie Delgado to battle through to the finals at Busan, South Korea. At the Winnetka Challenger in the US he also reached the semis of the singles, losing narrowly to Denis Kudla.
JP and Krajicek next enjoyed success in the US in July making the semis of the Newport, Rhode Island championships, this time losing to Guccione and Hewitt. Championship success eventually came at Vancouver in July where the pair beat Daniell and Sitak 6-3, 4-6, 10-8 to clinch the title there. They also reached the semis of the Aptos Challenger in the US. Once more changing partners, JP linked with Adam Hubble to win through at Sacramento 6-3, 6-2 against Polansky and Shamasdin. Back in Australia, In October, at Traralgon, he had a good run to the semis of the singles event where he lost in a close match to Bradley Klahn.
Year to Date
Another highlight this season was capturing his second career Challenger title in Drummondville, Canada. JP claimed the tournament title with an incredibly tight win over Canadian favorite Frank Dancevic 6-7(11), 7-6 (3), 7-5. He has also made a number of quarter finals appearances. JP narrowly missed on on qualifying to Roland Garros but went one better by making it to his first singles Wimbledon event. The US Open was another success, where he made the main draw after coming through qualifying.
JP’s most successful event came in Newport, where he reached the semi final beating fellow Aussie Bernard Tomic before narrowly missing out to eventual winner Rajeev Ram. JP continued to impress on the Challenger circuit, making the final of a $100k event in Vancouver taking out further top players on the way. JP finishes the year at a ranking of 122 after reaching a career high earlier in the year of 108. Strong improvements for JP in 2015.
His nicknames are “JP” and “J-Man”and speaks both Indonesian and English. JP started playing tennis aged seven with his brother. Parents, Kevin and Susan, are both teachers; brother, Stephen, is an engineer.
JP likes playing on a fast hard-court and favourite shot is his serve. His favourite tournament is the Australian Open and his idol growing up was Ivan Lendl. Hobbies include swimming, rugby and cricket. He supports New York Yankees (baseball) and Tom Brady Outside of sport he supports the Habitat for Humanity charity, which helps build homes for families in need. JP has two degrees in Economics.