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. (Updated schedule posted in 2016 Schedule/Results in Menu)
JP Smith has had quite a season of improvement in his fourth year on tour. He made a tough and crucial decision at the beginning of this year to focus mainly on playing singles, even though he has had great success on the doubles side of tennis. His career high doubles ranking was 68 on 17 March 2014, and he ended 2014 with a doubles Emirates ATP Ranking of 82, having won 14 Challenger titles with seven different partners. His 2015 success in singles and reaching his career high ranking of 108 in September proves that his decision was the correct one.
Highlights of 2015
The 26 year old Australian qualified for Wimbledon and the US Open Grand Slams. He defeated his first top 100 ranked player this year, Andrey Golubev, at the Apia International Sydney ATP 250. He defeated his first top 25 ranked player, Bernard Tomic, at the Newport Hall of Fame ATP 250, where he also captured his first ATP Tour Event win and reached the semifinal. He qualified for the Citi Open ATP 500, the Delray Beach Open ATP 250, won the Drummondville, Canada $50K Challenger title, and was finalist in the Vancouver $100K Challenger.
JP finished 2015 with a ranking of 127 and looks forward to further success in 2016. He is grateful for all the support he receives from so many and wishes everyone a wonderful holiday season as he travels later this month to Australia to spend time with his family.
JP Smith has qualified for the US Open by defeating Guilherme Clezar of Brazil. In his third and final qualifying match, JP won in straight sets 63 62 to claim his place in the Main Draw.
The qualifiers were placed this evening into the Singles Draw and JP faces Mikhail Youzhny. Youhzny was ranked as high as Emirates ATP No. 14 last year, and is currently ranked 90. They met for the first time at the Coupe Rogers ATP Masters 1000 in Montreal earlier this month with Youhzny defeating Smith 61 766. They will play their First Round match on Tuesday.
JP Smith – Photo Courtesy @VanOpen
JP Smith had a great run at the Odlum Brown VanOpen in Vancouver last week. Reaching the final helped him climb 15 places to his career best Emirates ATP Ranking of 121 just before US Open Qualifying starts tomorrow. JP will be accompanied by coaches Chris Woodruff and Jacob Meyer as he plays this week to qualify. The draw and schedule will be out this evening.
UPDATE: JP will play his first of three rounds on Wednesday against Jesse Witten. JP is seeded 18th in the draw of 128.
Joel Peters, Sam Winterbotham, JP Smith, & Milos Popovic
JP Smith played doubles with Austin Krajicek at the US Open today. They lost a tough first round match against Tim Smyczek USA and Bradley Klahn USA 26 75 64. JP is deciding on the tournaments he will play during the next several months and will have a schedule confirmed in a few days. Check the Playing Schedule tab on the home page for updates.
After the match today, JP got to spend time with his former University of Tennessee coach and teammates: Head Coach Sam Winterbotham, Joel Peters, and Milos Popovic (who also served as a traveling coach for JP in 2013). Great to share memories and stories from their times together in Knoxville, TN, and it was great to have the support from them today. Go Vols!
Coach Chris Woodruff, University of Tennessee Men’s Tennis Associate Head Coach
Dave Colvin, ATC, MS, and DPT at University of Pittsburgh 2015
John-Patrick Smith will compete at the US Open this year in Qualifying Singles, which start tomorrow, 19 August. He is joined at the Open by Coach Chris Woodruff, former World No. 29, and Physio Dave Colvin.
JP faces Emilio Gomez ECU in his first round match, third on after 11:00 ET on Court 10. He will need to win three rounds to qualify for main draw singles. The main draw begins next Monday, 25 August, with the draw being released on Thursday, 21 August.
JP is also partnering in main draw doubles at the US Open with Austin Krajicek, who is ranked World No. 64. They recently played together and were champions at the $100,000 Van Odlum Vancouver Challenger, and semi-finalists at the $100,000 Aptos Comerica Bank Challenger. Main draw doubles is a field of 64 at the Open and will begin next Tuesday, 26 August. The draw should be released on Sunday, 24 August.