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 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.
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.
JP Smith starts a three week tour of California Challengers tomorrow. Napa Valley $50K is first up, with Sacramento $100K and Tiburon $100K following. His first round singles matchup is with a qualifier to be determined later today. Most interesting is the first round of doubles. JP is partnering with former Vol and fellow Australian Adam Hubble for the three weeks of doubles. Their first round match is against two other former University of Tennessee Vols: Rhyne Williams and Tennys Sandgren. That will be a great match!
JP has moved into the Main Draw of the ATP World Tour Masters 1000 BNP Paribas Open with a decisive win over the No. 13 seed Andrej Martin of Slovaki 63 75. His first round opponent is World No. 46 Robin Haase NED and their match will be played on Friday, 07 March.
For more information go to the BNP Paribas Open Website
JP has spent the last several weeks in Florida training to prepare for the next phase of the 2014 tennis season. Upon completion of that training, he learned that he was accepted into Singles Qualifying at the ATP Masters 1000 BNP Paribas Open held in Indian Wells, California. The top 20 players in the ATP have committed to play this tournament. Rafael Nadal was the 2013 Singles Champion and the Bryan Brothers were the 2013 Doubles Champions.
Qualifying rounds will be played on Tuesday, March 4 and Wednesday, March 5 and include a draw of 48 players. 12 of those players will advance to main draw singles, which has a field of 96 and begins on Thursday, March 6. The Tennis Channel will be covering much of the tournament beginning on Thursday, March 6.
JP is looking forward to this tournament as well as the rest of the 2014 season. Thanks for your support!
UPDATE 4 March: JP advanced to the Final Round of Qualifying Singles by defeating [12 Seed] Wayne Odesnik USA (World No. 133) 64 36 76(1) and will now play [13 Seed] Andrej Martin SVK (World No. 140) tomorrow, 5 March, second on after 12:30, for a spot in the Main Draw. See link above for BNP Paribas to find live scores.
JP reached his highest singles ranking of World No. 205 on 29 July 2013 and again on 30 September 2013 and his highest doubles ranking of World No. 69 on 29 July 2013.
Singles Titles: 1
$15K Manshield Canada Futures
Doubles Titles: 7 (with four different partners)
$50K Knoxville Challenger w/Samuel Groth; $100K Sacramento California Challenger with Matt Reid; $50K Napa California Challenger w/Bobby Reynolds; $125K Kun-Ming China Challenger w/Samuel Groth; $35K+H Rimouski Canada Challenger w/Samuel Groth; $50K Burnie International Australian Challenger w/Ruan Roelofse; $15K Australia Futures 2 w/Samuel Groth
It was a very successful second year on the professional tennis tour for JP, and he would like to thank everyone for supporting him! He is especially grateful to his parents Kevin and Susan Smith and brother Stephen Smith in Australia; in Knoxville: Ben Testerman, Scott Campbell, RICE GMC, Lisa Reagan, Sam Winterbotham, Chris Woodruff, University of Tennessee Men’s Tennis, Ben Rogers; Milos Popovic in Belgrade, Serbia; Dave Colvin in Pittsburg, PA, and Babolat for extraordinary support.
He looks forward to several weeks at home with his family for holiday and then training before the beginning of the 2014 season. Please come back next year as John-Patrick Smith begins his third season on tour. Great things are sure to come.
After a successful three weeks in California on the ATP Challenger Tour, JP Smith has reached World No. 208, the highest singles ranking of his pro career. His current doubles ranking is world No. 71.
JP is currently training in Knoxville, TN at his alma mater, University of Tennessee, before playing his final three tournaments of 2013. He has entered the $75K Charlottesville Challenger, the $50K Knoxville Challenger, and the $50K Champaign Challenger. He will be playing main draw singles and main draw doubles with partner Samuel Groth at all three tournaments.
JP will return to Australia in late November for a holiday visit with his family and for training before the 2014 season begins.