JP Smith and Matt Reid captured their 7th doubles title yesterday in Toyota, Japan at the Dunlop Srixon World Challenge. It was Smith’s 20th title on the ATP Challenger Tour. This pairing advanced to the final by winning their last three matches in straight sets. Their heavy serving, coupled with solid net play, proved to be an unbeatable combination this week.
The Toyota Challenger Title gives them a great chance to book a spot in the doubles main draw of the 2017 Australian Open. Best of luck guys!
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.
JP Smith travelled from Taipei, Taiwan to Busan, South Korea this weekend to begin two weeks playing hard court Challengers in Korea. The Busan Open is a $100K+H Challenger that he played in 2013 and 2014. He was a finalist in 2014 in doubles with Jamie Delgado. This year JP will partner with Jordan Thompson of Australia in doubles.
JP’s first round singles match at the Busan Open is scheduled for today: second on after 2:00 p.m. local time on center court against [WC] Chan-yeong Oh (KOR). The Busan Open is streamed on the ATP Livestream site. Smith and Jordan Thompson will face Edward Corrie (GBR) and Frederik Nielsen (DEN) in first round doubles later this week.
POSTED on 10 May 2015
This week continues on hard courts with the Seoul $50K+H Challenger in South Korea. JP did not play the Seoul tournament last year, but instead chose to come to the University of Tennessee after the Busan Open to prepare for the grass court season in England. His first round opponent is American Jarmere Jenkins, who played four years of college tennis at the University of Virginia.
Lecoq Seoul Open Singles Draw, daily Order of Play, and ATP Livestream.
JP Smith claimed a new career high singles ranking of World No. 148 this week after reaching the quarterfinals of the Guadalajara $100K+H Challenger in Mexico. He flew to Taiwan yesterday and will begin play at the Santaizi $75K+H Challenger in Taipei on Tuesday, 28 April. The Santaizi Challenger is played indoors on synthetic carpet and is a great surface for JP’s game. Last year he reached the final in singles, falling to Giles Muller, and was also in the doubles final with partner Austin Krajicek. Smith/Krajicek lost a very close match to fellow Australians Sam Groth and Chris Guccione 46, 75, 8-10.
Smith’s first round opponent in Taipei is Qualifier Cheng-Yu Yu (TPE). Yu reached the main draw by defeating his first round opponent (WC) Hao-Yang (TPE) 64 62. Yu then received a walkover when his final round opponent, Danai Udomchoke (THA), was moved from qualifying singles to the main draw.
JP could face Australian Sam Groth, who is currently ranked World No. 85, in the second round of singles. Groth and Smith played doubles together in ten tournaments in 2013 and one in 2014, and are fairly familiar with each other’s game. Smith v. Groth would be a great match. You can view live scoring at the ATP Website. Main Draw here. Order of Play here. *Note: there is no livestream for this tournament.
Smith and Hubble in Yokohama Keio Challenger
JP Smith and Adam Hubble are playing in the Yokohama Keio $50K Challenger together this week. In their first round doubles match they faced Yuki Bhambri IND and Hiroki Moriya JPN. Smith and Hubble got the win with a score of 76(2) 63, but from the handshake at the net, it’s obvious that the match was enjoyable for both teams.
Smith and Hubble face Mao-Xin Gong CHN and Hsien-Yin Peng TPE today, not before 1:30 local time. The match will be streamed on the ATP Livestream Site.
JP Smith at the Yokohama Keio Challenger
Photo Courtesy Keio Challenger
JP Smith began the first of two weeks in Japan at the Yokohama $50K Keio Challenger today on outdoor hard courts. He will play the Toyota $50K Challenger on indoor carpet next week. Smith has entered singles and will also play doubles with Adam Hubble both weeks.
Smith defeated his first round opponent Liang-Chi Huang of Taipei 62 60, and will face Yoshihito Nishioka in the second round. Nishioka is the 7 seed and is ranked World No. 164. Smith and Hubble face Yuki Bhambri IND and Hiroki Moriya JPN in their first round of doubles.
The Yokohama tournament is being live streamed on the ATP Livestream site. The draws and current order of play are located at the ATP Challenger Tour site.
Jamie Delgado and JP Smith
Busan Open Doubles Finalists
Jamie and JP Enjoying the Trophy Presentation
Great Crowd for the Finals
Jamie Delgado of Great Britain and John-Patrick Smith partnered in doubles last week at the Busan Open $75K Challenger in South Korea. They fell 46 46 to twin brothers Sanchai Ratiwatana and Sonchat Ratiwatana from Thailand in JP’s 30th doubles final since he turned pro. JP’s doubles ranking moved up to 83 from 87 last week.
JP will return to Knoxville, TN this week for training before traveling to England for the upcoming grass court tournaments, including qualifying at Wimbledon.