JP maintains a sense of humor no matter what comes his way. He was knocked out of the first round of singles qualifying this year at the US Open by Tobias Kamke of Germany. He decided to stay upbeat and enjoy New York City to the fullest. One of his first stops was experiencing this chess match in the park. In JP’s own words, when asked if he won: “I got absolutely waxed by this guy. He’s been playing for 20 years and was trash talking me the whole time!”
Last night the US Open provided tickets for players and guests to the Broadway musical, Wicked. It was a great way to enjoy a night off and have some much needed fun. Thanks to the US Open for providing a great experience.
JP will be taking a short time off at the University of Tennessee to train and consider his upcoming schedule. Stay tuned.
JP Smith and Matt Reid partnered in doubles at the Binghamton $50k Challenger this week and took home the title. They won all four matches in straight sets, defeating Liam Broady and Guilherme Clezar in the final by a score of 64 62. This is the fourth championship for Smith and Reid, and the 17th doubles title for JP Smith on the Challenger Tour.
Smith will be playing qualifying singles at the BB&T Open in Atlanta beginning this Saturday, July 30th.
JP Smith and Matt Reid will play for their fourth Challenger doubles title together, and JP’s 17th Challenger title, tomorrow at the Binghamton $50K Challenger at 11:00 a.m local time. They defeated the No. 4 seeds Sekou Bangoura (USA) and David O’Hare (IRL) today 764 63 to reach the Final. Smith and partner Stefan Kozlov defeated Bangoura and O’Hare two weeks ago at the Winnetka Challenger to take that title.
JP Smith advanced to the Round of 16 in Newport, Rhode Island yesterday, beating countryman Jordan Thompson 64 64. It was an impressive serving display from Smith, who saved all 12 break points he faced, avenging his defeat to Thompson earlier in the grass court season.
Smith has shown an affinity for the Newport lawn in the past, reaching the semi-finals last year in a career best result. Today he faces Swiss Marco Chiudinelli, looking to reach the quarterfinals of an ATP tournament for the second time ever.
JP Smith and Stefan Kozlov paired up for the first time last week and made the partnership a winning one, taking home the Winnetka Challenger doubles title.
The duo beat Yoshihito Nishioka and Marco Chiudinelli in the first round by a score of 64 62, but the match of the tournament undoubtedly came in the second round, against top seeds Divij Sharan and Jeevan Nedunchezhiyan. The teams split the first two sets, with the Indian duo taking the first set 64, and Smith and Kozlov responding by taking the second set by a score of 75. In the 10 point tiebreak, the serving team won the first 18 points until at 9-9, Kozlov hit a winner that split the top seeds, and the duo closed the match on serve to win 11-9.
In the semifinals, Smith and Kozlov faced wildcards Alex Lawson and Jackson Withrow, again needing three sets to win 36 62 10-6. In the final, Smith and Kozlov made quick work of the three seeds, Dave O’Hare and Sekou Bangoura, winning 63 63 in just over an hour.
JP Smith and fellow Australian Matt Reid partnered for the seventh time in their pro careers this week at the Seoul $100K Challenger. They have previously won two titles together: the 2013 Sacramento Challenger and the 2014 Burnie, Australia Challenger, and have reached the semi-final round once and quarterfinals three times in their additional matches.
Smith and Reid defeated Mao-Xin Gong (CHN) and Chu-Huan Yi (TPE) in the LeCoq Seoul Open Challenger Doubles Final by a score of 63 75.
Omar Jasika and JP Smith at the Miami Open
JP Smith and Omar Jasika were awarded a Wild Card into the ATP Masters 1000 Miami Open this week. They defeated the No. 7 Seeds Edouard Roger-Vasselin and Nenad Zimonjic in a high energy match that ended with a super tiebreak 61 57 12-10. In their second round match, they faced David Marrero and Benoit Paire. This time Smith and Jasika defeated their opponents in a quick two set match by a score of 63 64.
Smith and Jasika face the No. 4 Seeds Mike and Bob Bryan on Wednesday, 30 March, second on after 3:00 p.m. The match will be televised on TennisTV.com.
JP Smith defeated Emirates World No. 26 Ivo Karlovic in his first round match on Monday, 15 February, at the Delray Beach ATP 250 event.
Karlovic, at 6’11” is the tallest tennis player of the Open era. In his second round match, Smith will play Juan Martin Del Potro, former World No. 4, who stands 6’6″ tall and is the tallest Grand Slam winner of the Open era.
Del Potro has faced four wrist surgeries in the last five years, one on his right hand and three on his left hand (he has a two handed backhand). This is his first tournament in almost a year. ESPN did a nice piece on his return to play here.
Handshake after the match
The second round match will most likely be played on Stadium Court at 8:00 p.m. on Thursday, 18 February. JP Smith and John Millman face the No. 1 Seeded Bryan Brothers on Wednesday, 17 February, at 8:00 p.m. in their first round doubles match which can be seen on the Tennis Channel.