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 spent the weekend qualifying for the ATP 250 Delray Beach Open, winning each of his two qualifying matches in three sets. He defeated Andrey Rublev (RUS) 46 63 60 in the first round, and Alejandro Falla (COL) 62 26 61 in the second round.
Tonight, in the first round of the Main Draw, JP defeated World No. 26 Ivo Karlovic (CRO) in three sets 63 36 62. Karlovic is known for his height (6’11”) and booming serves. He didn’t disappoint tonight serving 21 aces. JP, however, had an answer for his game with stellar returns and quick volleys at the net. The Tennis Channel commentators noted: “What we’re basically seeing here is a blueprint for success against Karlovic.”
JP faces the winner of Juan Martin Del Potro (ARG) v. Denis Kudla (USA) who play the feature match at 8:00 p.m. Tuesday, 16 February, local time.
JP is also playing doubles with fellow Australian John Millman later this week. They face the No. 1 Seeds Bob and Mike Bryan (USA).
JP Smith completed a successful run in the Men’s Qualifying Draw to reach the Round of 128 at the 2015 US Open. This is the second Grand Slam he has qualified for this year, with Wimbledon being the first.
On Day 2 of the US Open, JP faced Mikhail Youzhny of Russia for the second time in a few weeks. In a tight four set match, Youzhny prevailed 61 36 75 764. When the new Emirates ATP Rankings come out, JP will reach a new career high of around 110. It’s been a great 2015 for him with more to come!
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 defeated Alejandro Gonzalez (COL) 76(3) 61 this morning in the final round of qualifying at the Washington, D.C. Citi Open ATP World Tour 500 and joins tops seed Andy Murray, Kei Nishikori, Marin Cilic, Richard Gasquet, Kevin Anderson, and Grigor Dimitrov in the main draw. Smith will face either Ruben Bemelmans (BEL), Marcos Baghdatis (CYP), Alexander Zverev (GER), Go Soeda (JPN), Lleyton Hewitt (AUS), or James Duckworth (AUS). First round at the Citi Open starts tomorrow and draws, order of play, and live scores can be found at the Citi Open website.
JP’s highest Emirates ATP Ranking of 132 was reached this week. Looking for more good results to come!