JP Smith and Matt Reid played the $50,000 Traralgon, Australia Challenger this week and captured their 6th doubles title together. In an all Australian final, the Smith-Reid duo defeated Matthew Ebden and Matthew Barton 64 64. This was JP Smith’s 19th Challenger doubles title since turning pro.
Smith and Reid also partnered this month in the $100,000 Tiburon, California Challenger, winning the title by defeating Quentin Halys (FRA) and Dennis Novikov (USA) 61 62. They were finalists, one week later in Stockton, California, losing a close match to Samuel Groth and Brian Baker.
JP and Matt are planning to play together next week in Canberra, Australia and then finish the year with two weeks in Japan. Their goal is to enter the Australian Open together in January.
Practice at Indian Wells
JP Smith will play his first qualifying singles match tomorrow, 10 March, at the BNP Paribas ATP Masters 1000 in Indian Wells, California. He faces the No. 8 Seed Filip Krajinovic (SRB) third on after 3:00 p.m. local Pacific Daylight Time (UTC/GMT -7). There is no live stream of qualifying events, but live scoring and the full Qualifying Singles Draw and Order of Play can be found on the tournament website or the ATP website.
JP Smith and Adam Hubble defeat Peter Polansky and Adil Shamasdin for Sacramento $100k Doubles Title
JP Smith and Adam Hubble, playing just their seventh match together, defeated the No. 2 Seeds, Canadians Peter Polansky and Adil Shamasdin, in straight sets 63 62 to win the doubles title at the Sacramento $100K Challenger. JP was the reigning doubles champion with Matt Reid last year.
Smith and Hubble will partner again this week at the Tiburon $100K Challenger where they face the No. 3 Seeds James Cluskey IRE and Frederik Nielsen DEN in the first round. JP will play singles in the main draw and faces Thomas Fabbiano ITA in the first round. Monday, 6 October, will be a well deserved day off in singles and doubles for Smith and Hubble.
JP Smith joined “Voice of the ATP Pro Circuit” Mike Cation in the commentary booth yesterday at the Sacramento $100K Challenger. For a great read on Mike Cation and the excellent coverage he and the team from Live Sports LLC provide at US Challengers, see ‘MARATHON MIKE’ LEADS HARDEST-WORKING TEAM IN TENNIS by Josh Meiseles, writer for the ATP World Tour. The job they do is much harder than the way they make it look online. You can follow Mike and Josh on Twitter: @MikeCTennis and @jmeistennis. The site for the ATP Livestream is located here.
JP is preparing today with Adam Hubble for their semi-final doubles match tomorrow. They face the 1 Seeds Marcus Daniell and Artem Sitak, both from New Zealand (JP and Austin Krajicek defeated Daniell and Sitak for the title at the Vancouver $100K Challenger). Hoping for a Center Court match to enjoy the commentary skills of Mike Cation while JP and Adam are in action.
JP Smith defeats Bradley Klahn 62 26 63
Photo Courtesy of @sacchallenger
JP Smith at Sacramento Challenger
JP Smith played his first round in singles and doubles this week at the Sacramento $100K Challenger and came up with wins in both. First up was doubles with partner Adam Hubble. They defeated former Vol teammate Tennys Sandgren and his partner Sekou Bangoura, former player for University of Florida. Yesterday, JP faced Bradley Klahn, former player for Stanford University, and World No. 118 in first round singles. JP defeated Klahn in three sets by a score of 62 26 63. Great start to this tournament!
Today Smith is first on Centre Court facing Stefan Kozlov USA at 11:00 PST with online viewing at the ATP Livestream. He and Adam Hubble play their quarterfinal round against Thiemo De Bakker NED and Wesley Koolhof NED, 4th on after 11:00 PST on Centre Court with online viewing at the link above.