04-10-2006, 07:21 PM
As I was looking up Rankings I found Tim's name. While he is only ranked #834 as of 04/10/06 at the ATP site that is up 137 positions ;)
04-10-2006, 07:21 PM
As I was looking up Rankings I found Tim's name. While he is only ranked #834 as of 04/10/06 at the ATP site that is up 137 positions ;)
07-29-2006, 11:17 PM
Tim's so nice!
And pretty cute. I posted some pictures of him in the Saturday OOP thread in the Legg Mason forum.
08-06-2006, 04:12 PM
Tim won his 2nd round after recieving a bye in Kalamazoo 6-2 6-4. Go Tim!
08-07-2006, 03:26 AM
C'mon Tim! Get that WC!
08-07-2006, 07:48 PM
Tim won his 3rd round 6-2 6-1 today!!! Great Job Smee!!! Good luck next round!
08-07-2006, 09:09 PM
I take it you're a big fan of Tim? :D
Congrats Tim :bounce: keep it up!
08-08-2006, 07:29 PM
I take it you're a big fan of Tim?
Yeah. I actually know him well. He is a good friend of mine, so I love it when he is doing well!
08-09-2006, 03:39 AM
Tim Smyczek def. Cory Parr 5-7 6-3 6-3 :D into the round of 16 (5th round)
tougher than I would have liked, but a win is a win. next up is Houston Barrick, the 16th seed.
08-09-2006, 12:22 PM
Go Timmy!!! You can take this whole thing...just need to relax and go for your shots!
08-09-2006, 05:49 PM
Tim won his 4th round match 6-2 6-4 and is in the QF!!!!!!!
08-09-2006, 05:51 PM
Tim should get the wildcard, he's better than any of the other guys in the field.
08-10-2006, 03:21 AM
Tim won his 4th round match 6-2 6-4 and is in the QF!!!!!!!
5th round ;)
08-10-2006, 03:22 AM
Next up is Alex Clayton, who's a pretty good player. The first major test for Tim.
08-11-2006, 02:57 AM
Here's hoping Tim wins tomorrow! C'mon!
08-11-2006, 07:47 PM
I called the tournament office....
Tim Smyczek def. Alex Clayton 6-4 6-2 :woohoo:
solid win :D
08-12-2006, 04:26 AM
Next he plays Jesse Levine :scared: I'm a little scared of him, he won his match 6-1 6-1 and has torn through all his opponents. :o
08-12-2006, 08:23 PM
I just called, it's 5-4 in the third for Levine :sad:
I don't know who's serving...
08-12-2006, 09:21 PM
Jesse Levine def. Tim Smyczek 6-7(2) 6-1 6-4 :sobbing:
good match, though, Tim :)
08-12-2006, 09:56 PM
Awww Tim. Great Tourney. Hopefully I will be seeing you in the US Open Qualies!
08-13-2006, 04:17 AM
I hope he's in them, too.
08-17-2006, 11:47 PM
Tim got a qualifying WC for the US Open :yeah:
good luck, Tim!
08-19-2006, 02:34 PM
Tim!!!!!! Cant wait to see you next week!!!
08-19-2006, 09:01 PM
take some pictures for me ;)
and make sure to report on his matches! :wavey:
08-22-2006, 12:57 AM
Smyczek drew the #1 seed in qualifying, Frank Dancevic.
08-22-2006, 01:03 AM
That sucks :(
08-22-2006, 04:28 AM
@#%@ :fiery: :sobbing:
08-22-2006, 07:32 PM
Dancevic def. Smyczek 6-1, 6-4. Bummer.
08-22-2006, 09:46 PM
Oh well. :(
08-22-2006, 09:47 PM
I guess he can still play juniors.
08-23-2006, 03:32 AM
Is he still eligible? I thought that the U.S. Open had a different age requirement than Kalamazoo, but I'm not sure.
08-23-2006, 04:01 AM
I'm not sure. I think maybe since he turned 19 after the season was over he can continue to play? I'm not sure. I don't know a lot about the rules for that.
12-30-2006, 01:25 PM
Tim is starting his year in the Miami future
02-17-2008, 07:03 AM
Have you forgotten about TIM???
He is in San Jose qualies and wins his first mathes with Bruno Echagaray and Scoville Jenkins in straight sets!!!
He'll face Odesnik for a place in a main draw!!!
02-17-2008, 07:06 AM
Oooo, that's a tough match. Would be a good one to watch. Wayne's experience will probably help him though.
02-17-2008, 11:45 PM
He WON!!!!! He beat Wayne 6-3, 6-4. This is so impressive for Tim, 5 prequalifying matches to win the wildcard, then 3 qualifying matches! His first ATP main draw, and he earned it the hard way. WOW. Well done Smeeeeeeee!
02-18-2008, 02:30 AM
Great stuff. :yeah: I'm so proud of him.
02-18-2008, 11:01 AM
He'll face Mardy Fish in 1st round... Its gonna be tough one, but Tim is really strong now!!!
02-20-2008, 05:03 AM
3-6 4-6 :sad: :hug:
but not terrible.
still a great tournament :yeah:
04-12-2008, 05:12 PM
tim is into the semis of the Puerto Rico 50k this week..a big result for him..looks like he is getting it together!!! go smeee
04-12-2008, 05:19 PM
I think this may be his best result ever.
keep it up, Tim! :D
04-13-2008, 04:47 PM
5-7 6-3 6-7 to Miranda in the SF :sad:
very close, but still a GREAT tournament for Tim. he's having a wonderful year, hopefully he keeps it up. :yeah:
04-14-2008, 08:45 PM
he will be playing the tallahassee challenger this week..keep it up timmy!
05-14-2008, 03:36 AM
into the second round of the bradenton 50K this week..he is doing great!
07-24-2009, 01:10 AM
Tim is in the $50,000 Lexington Challenger double main draws this week! He is qualifying for singles. In doubles, he and Kuznetsov lost round 1 75 64.
07-24-2009, 01:11 AM
Tim qualified for the singles main draw!! He then defeated qualifier Krajicek 64 63 in the opening round. He now faces Agostinelli
07-24-2009, 01:12 AM
He is leading his second round match 62 20:)
08-03-2009, 03:58 AM
This week: 8/3-8/9
Vancouver Challenger $100,000 (Hard)
Timmy entered the qualies in western Canada as 7 seed. He won 64 62, then advanced to the qualy final where he beat Mamiit 64 62 to go to the main draw!! Way to work:yeah:
In the singles main draw, Tim will have a tough task and will face 4 seed Harel Levy of Israel. Great chance for Tim to show his stuff!!:)
Singles & Doubles Draws - http://www.atpworldtour.com/posting/2009/254/x.pdf
08-05-2009, 01:55 AM
TIMMAAYYY!!!! Tim downs 4 seed Harel Levy 16 64 63 in the first round! Huge win, opening lots of eyes!! Tim will now face Kyu-Tae Im in the second round. Go Tim!!:)
08-13-2009, 01:56 AM
Tim is having an amazing couple of weeks.
08-13-2009, 02:08 AM
He sure is. Great win over Ball in the first round!!
08-15-2009, 01:17 PM
He lost in the second round but he must be tired. I hope he is really going to have the breakthrough now that he is so capable of.
08-25-2009, 03:50 PM
WC for US Open Qualies!!!
tough 1st rd against Clement...Hope Tim can do it...I really want to see him breakthrough!!
09-16-2009, 10:06 PM
Tim prevailed against Strode in first round of Tulsa Challenger!!
He faces Dent next
03-03-2010, 02:32 PM
great finally seeing this guy play!!! Tim is better than his ranking 4 sure...hope he comes back 2 Delray again next year!!!
03-14-2010, 06:01 AM
What a great run! but little disappoint by the lost to Moya (7-6 7-6 very close match)
Hope he gets best luck next time
03-16-2010, 12:59 AM
What made him improve that much? Anyone got the answer
06-30-2010, 02:20 PM
Timmy has defeated Jesse Witten 61 64 in the first round of the Winnetka Challenger in North Chicago. Great stuff. Btw, Tim has a great website and a facebook page. http://timsmyczek.com/
Smee's current ranking is 179:bigclap:
07-25-2010, 02:37 AM
Smee is playing lights out right now. He dismisses #1 seed Arnaud Clement 36 62 64 in Los Angeles Farmers Classic ATP250
07-26-2010, 08:39 PM
Smee is on fire! He deated Arnaud Clement (1) 36 62 64, then defeated Kei Nishikori 63 64, and now is ahead of Nick Lindahl 6-2, 1-0* in the qualifying final match for the Los Angeles Farmers Classic- 2nd stop on the USO series.
07-30-2010, 05:53 AM
Tim Smyczek played like a Top 20 guys against Andy Murray tonight. what a great match even he ends with a lose
07-30-2010, 05:56 AM
I've got to start following him more...I like him.
08-08-2010, 01:52 AM
Tim just downed world #37 and ATP 500 Hamburg champ Golubev 63 76!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! In Rogers Cup qualies. Amazing win:worship: He's been lights out lately. I really hope he can qualify for the md. That will be HUGE. USO wildcard would be very possible if that happens. I encourage everyone to watch this guys game. Not a lot of weapons, but an amazing scrappy baseliner who can pop winners from anywhere:worship:
08-22-2010, 02:17 AM
Big time Timmy jims entered the annual 8-am all-American USO main draw wildcard playoff tourney as 1 seed...
08-22-2010, 02:18 AM
Smee defeated Chase Buchanan first round, then Alex Domijan second round, then stomped (2) Ryan Harrison in the final round 64 64 64:worship:
Looks like a tremendous performance. Main draw of USO is huge for Tim, and well deserved. Whatta win over Harrison. Let's hope for a good draw.
08-28-2010, 06:34 AM
Breakout year for Tim
08-30-2010, 09:30 PM
I think this is the best he has been playing since I started this thread a LONG time ago :eek: ;)
08-31-2010, 04:56 AM
Tim should've snatched that third set :( . Respectable showing, let's hope he keeps moving on up
09-16-2010, 08:20 AM
he's in the QF in Tulsa and plays Daniel Yoo.
02-11-2011, 01:40 AM
Timmy is in the QUARETRS of the SAP Open with the win over Nishikori 61 in the 3rd. Sick
02-12-2011, 02:57 AM
This Tim is good. My brave prediction would be to see him near top 50 by the end of 2012 season. :)
02-14-2011, 06:37 AM
He lost to Monfils in San Jose, then had to retire in Memphis against Russell. Hope its nothing major might just be a little fatigue. Hopefully he'll continue to have some positive results.
01-27-2012, 10:17 PM
Sock and Smyczek upset seeds to advance into Quarterfinals (http://www.hawaii.usta.com/Pro-Tennis---New/sock_and_smyczek_upset_seeds_to_advance_into_quart erfinals/)
Tim Smyczek upset No. 4 Alex Kuznetsov, 6-3, 6-3, for his spot in the quarterfinals.
“We know each others game very well,” said Smyczek who trains together with Kuznetsov at the Saddlebrok Resort in Tampa Florida. “Today, I think I was feeling a little bit better, moving a little better.”
“He just got the better of me today,” said Kuznetsov, No. 167, last year’s singles Honolulu finalist who recently lost to Rafafel Nadal in the first round of the Australian Open.
“Perhaps the conditions at our last few tournaments were better for my game,” said Smyczek who has won their last three encounters. “We are very close in ability and I don’t think anyone would be surprised if either one of us won against each other but the last couple have gone my way.”
He will take on No.7 Yuichi Sugita from Japan tomorrow.
01-27-2012, 11:58 PM
Lost to Yuichi Sugita.
02-12-2012, 08:56 PM
Tim defeated Ball in the 2nd round of qualifying of San Jose Open 6-1 6-2 :worship:
02-13-2012, 08:40 PM
He is through to the main draw after defeating Berankis 6-3 4-2 Ret'd.
02-15-2012, 01:52 AM
Gilles Muller def. Tim 2-6 7-6(5) 6-3. I don't know what Tim's 3 set record is but probably not very good. I feel like he is not a very good 3-setter.
02-27-2012, 10:32 PM
Tim def. Jack Sock 76(1) 62 to qualify for Delray Beach main draw. Congrats.
02-29-2012, 01:37 AM
Tim def Melzer 7-5 in the third. Great win, Melzer was probably tired from his run last week. Up next is Tomic.
02-29-2012, 11:38 PM
Has been granted a qualifying wc into Indian Wells.
03-08-2012, 12:57 AM
Has been granted a qualifying wc into Indian Wells.
Into the main draw with a win over Russell 62 60.
03-19-2012, 02:15 AM
Will play Michael Russell in the 1st round of qualifying in Miami.
03-31-2012, 09:56 PM
Got into 50k Tally b/c of an withdrawal, will play Alex Kuznetsov in the 1st round.
04-03-2012, 11:03 PM
Won 63 76(4), up next is Dutra Silva of Brazil. Good luck.
04-05-2012, 01:14 AM
Into the quarterfinal against Kunitsyn, GL.
04-07-2012, 01:06 AM
Semi Tim Smyczek d. Rajeev Ram 6-4, 3-6, 6-3
04-08-2012, 08:32 PM
Probably not the way he wanted his first challenger title, but congrats to Tim with his 75 Ret'd win over Dancevic.
04-12-2012, 01:45 AM
Glad to see Tim take the title, being a Florida-based guy, it meant a lot to him and he was very motivated. Of course, it's not the way you want to win, by retirement. That doesn't take away from the fact Tim has been progressing very nicely this season and continues to improve. Hopefully he can keep it going through the clay and grass seasons, which aren't his best surfaces.
04-15-2012, 04:22 AM
WC into Sarasota Challenger
Will play Matosevic in the first round: Draw (http://assets.usta.com/assets/1/15/singles_draw154.PDF)
04-17-2012, 10:33 PM
He won 67(4) 64 76(6). Way to fight back :yeah:.
04-21-2012, 07:11 PM
Will play Kudla in the 1st round in 50k Savannah (Maindraw (http://www.atpworldtour.com/posting/2012/5067/mds.pdf))
04-26-2012, 09:10 PM
Lost in the 2nd round to Strode 26 36.
05-21-2012, 11:17 PM
Federico Delbonis ARG (14) vs Tim Smyczek USA
Maximo Gonzalez ARG vs Laurynas Grigelis LTU
Peter Torebko GER vs Jamie Baker GBR
Julio Silva BRA vs Daniel Munoz-De La Nava ESP (21)
06-08-2012, 11:39 PM
 Maxime Authom BEL - BYE
Jan-Lennard Struff GER - Alex Kuznetsov USA
Andre Ghem BRA - John Millman AUS
BYE -  Tim Smyczek USA
06-18-2012, 12:15 AM
Rogerio Dutra Silva BRA  vs. Tim Smyczek USA
Matteo Viola ITA vs. Alexandre Kudryavtsev RUS
Romain Jouan FRA vs. Mischa Zverev GER
Agustin Velotti ARG vs. Florent Serra FRA 
07-03-2012, 09:30 PM
Tim is through to the 2nd round of Winnetka challenger.
Full draw: http://www.atpworldtour.com/posting/2012/228/mds.pdf
07-11-2012, 12:57 AM
Tim qualified and upsetted No.4 seed Istomin in ATP Newport, but faces a daunting match with Hewitt next.
08-04-2012, 06:50 PM
Aptos Q Draw: http://www.atpworldtour.com/posting/2012/467/qs.pdf
08-25-2012, 03:20 AM
Tim qualified for the USO and will play Bobby Reynolds.
08-27-2012, 10:41 PM
Awesome job Tim, got his first GS win from a break down in the fifth set.
08-27-2012, 10:46 PM
09-14-2012, 02:35 AM
10-30-2012, 11:02 PM
12-13-2012, 03:20 AM
Tomorrow's order of play for the AO wildcard playoffs. Will the mustache man strike again? :lol: Btw congrats to Tim on a career high (128). Edit: meant to say Friday's order of play.
2012 Australian Open Wild Card Playoffs Men’s and Women’s Draws, Friday Order of Play
ORDER OF PLAY: FRIDAY, DECEMBER 14, 2012
2012 Australian Open Wild Card Playoffs
Lifetime Tennis, Norcross, GA
COURT 7 (Center Court)
10:00 a.m. Madison Keys (3) vs. Bethanie Mattek-Sands
N.B. 2:00 p.m. Tim Smyczek (1) vs. Christian Harrison
11:00 a.m. Irina Falconi vs. Mallory Burdette (4)
N.B. 1:00 p.m. Denis Kudla (2) vs. Chase Buchanan
11:00 a.m. Alexa Glatch (2) vs. Alison Riske
N.B. 2:00 p.m. Bradley Klahn vs. Tennys Sandgren (4)
10:00 a.m. Julia Cohen (1) vs. Grace Min
N.B. 1:00 p.m. Daniel Kosakowski vs. Rhyne Willams (3)
12-15-2012, 04:06 AM
(1) Tim Smyczek d. Christian Harrison, 7-6 (3), 6-1 (video: http://livestre.am/4g2of)
Will play Sandgren next.
12-15-2012, 09:15 PM
Tim will play Williams in the final (def. Sandgren 62 62).
12-16-2012, 04:45 AM
Williams/Smyczek To Battle Yet again, This Time For A Ticket To Melbourne (http://tenniseastcoast.com/2012/12/15/williamssmyczek-to-battle-yet-again-this-time-for-a-ticket-to-melbourne-aowc-aussiewildcard/)
12-24-2012, 04:27 PM
10 Things: Tim Smyczek
Tim Smyczek is knocking on the door of the top 100. Learn more about this rising American player.
By Erik Gudris
Tim Smyczek (December 20, 2012) -- Tim Smyczek has a unique last name (that's SMEE-check) and is probably familiar to some fans because he's been on the tour for a few years. Smyczek famously took a set off Andy Murray at the Countrywide Classic in 2010. This year, he's won two Challenger-level events: in Tallahassee in the spring and last month in Champaign. Smyczek also participated in last week's USTA Australian Open 2013 playoffs, losing to Rhyne Williams in the final.
Here are ten things you may not know about Smyczek:
1. Milwaukee Man: Smyczek was born on December 30, 1987 in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. He still resides there.
2. Turning Pro: Smyczek turned pro in 2006.
3. Friend of Fish: Smyczek is good friends with fellow American Mardy Fish. Smyczek even stayed at Fish's house for a year during his early years on tour.
4. 2012 Results: Smyczek qualified for this year's U.S. Open and won his first ever main draw match at a Major when he beat Bobby Reynolds in five sets. He later went on to win the ITF event in Champaign, Illinois.read more (http://www.tennisnow.com/News/Featured-News/10-Things-Tim-Smyczek.aspx)
12-28-2012, 05:16 PM
(1) Gilles Muller vs Igor Kunitsyn (RUS)
James Duckworth vs (WC) Nick Kyrgios (AUS)
Denis Kudla vs (WC) John-Patrick Smith (AUS)
Dominik Meffert (GER) vs (5) Ricardas Berankis (LTU)
(2) Ryan Harrison (USA) vs Ivan Sergeyev (UKR)
(WC) Matt Reid (AUS) vs Bastian Knittel (GER)
Ivo Minar (CZE) vs Simon Greul (GER)
Di Wu (CHN) vs (7) Tim Smyczek (USA)
(3) Olivier Rochus (BEL) vs Donald Young (USA)
Ryan Sweeting (USA) vs Mischa Zverev (GER)
John Millman (AUS) vs (WC) Luke Saville (AUS)
Robert Farah (COL) vs (8) Alex Bogomolov Jr. (RUS)
(4) Jesse Levine (CAN) vs Oleksandr Nedovyesov (UKR)
Frank Dancevic (CAN) vs Rhyne Williams (USA)
Jack Sock (USA) vs Hiroki Moriya (JPN)
Steve Johnson (USA) vs (6) Thiemo De Bakker (NED)
12-30-2012, 02:51 AM
I was really disappointed in Tim. I thought he would defeat Wu, but no :sad:
01-11-2013, 12:49 AM
Tim def. Barton 36 64 61 and will play Stebe for a spot in the AO maindraw.
01-12-2013, 05:04 PM
Tim got in as a LL, will take on Karlovic, good luck.
01-14-2013, 09:55 PM
MELBOURNE, Australia -- Tim Smyczek owes his good friend John Isner dinner.
The 25-year-old Milwaukee native twice came within a match of earning a slot in the main draw in the season's first Grand Slam event -- first in last month's playoff for the wild card allotted to the Americans and again in the qualifying tournament a few days ago.
But Smyczek did win a mini-game of chance by drawing No. 1 in the "lucky loser" draft and filled the one and only vacancy left by the withdrawal of none other than Isner, sidelined by bone bruising in his right knee.
Elsa/Getty ImagesIf not for John Isner, Tim Smyczek might be on a different continent right now.
That was an interesting enough coincidence, but the wiry 5-foot-9 Smyczek then found himself paired with Croatia's 6-10 Ivo Karlovic in the first round and his hours of practice with the 6-9 Isner suddenly came in very handy. Smyczek didn't lose a single service game, hung in and broke twice against Karlovic's out-of-a-tree delivery and won in straight sets 6-4, 7-6 (5), 7-5. Isner texted his pal shortly afterward and implied there should be a quid pro quo.
"I knew I was going to be watching the ball go by me a lot, so I just prepared myself for that mentally, and really just tried to get myself in a calm place and tell myself if I did get any opportunities, I was just going to have to be ready for them,'' said Smyczek, who trains in Tampa and is part of a close-knit group of pros there, including veteran Mardy Fish.
"With Ivo, it wasn't so much the speed of the serve as really just the angle it was coming from. He can put it real short in the box. A lot of times I covered one serve and it just didn't matter; he hit it too good. Practicing with John a lot did prepare me for that, for sure.''
Smyczek, ranked 125th in the world, will next play Spain's relentless fourth-seeded David Ferrer, who is more his size but obviously many cuts above him in stature. Smyczek said he was looking forward to the "thrill" of facing Ferrer on a show court.
"I've watched a lot of video of Ferrer over the last couple of months,'' the American said. "He's a guy I look up to a lot; he's more my body type. He's got a game I'm working toward.''
Smyczek's upset was part of a generally strong day for the six U.S. men in action -- although the draw now pits two of them against each other.
01-15-2013, 12:11 AM
MELBOURNE, Australia — Roommates often share all sorts of things with one another, from bathrooms to cable bills to peanut butter.
On less frequent occasions, they can even share berths in major tennis tournaments.
Tim Smyczek, ranked 125th, appeared on his way out of the Australian Open in Melbourne after a 6-4, 6-2 loss to Cedrik-Marcel Stebe in his final qualifying round match. Smyczek had also lost in the final round of the wild card playoff held by the U.S.T.A. in December, which would have also given him a spot in the main draw.
But the 125th-ranked Milwaukee native’s name was pulled first out of a drawing of those who had fallen at the final qualifying hurdle, and he was entered into the main draw as a so-called “lucky loser.”
The spot Smyczek entered had been vacated by his Florida housemate John Isner, the top-ranked American who pulled out of the tournament with an injury shortly after qualifying had begun.
“He sent me a text that said I owe him a dinner,” Smyczek said after his first-round match, which he won in straight sets, 6-4, 7-6(5), 7-5 over big-serving Croatian Ivo Karlovic.
Smyczek, 25, who at a listed height of 5 foot 9 is over a full foot shorter than the 6 foot 10 Karlovic, said he benefited from having practiced often with Isner, who is 6 foot 9.
“I think that does help,” Smyczek said of having a similarly tall practice partner. “Because with Ivo it wasn’t so much the speed of the serves, really, just the angle it was coming from. He can put it real short in the box, and a lot of times I covered one serve and it didn’t matter, he just hit to good. And yeah, practicing with John a lot did prepare me for that, for sure.”
Smyczek next gets to try to pick on someone his own size, when he faces fellow David Ferrer, the fourth-seeded Spanish veteran, in the second round. Ferrer is also listed at 5 foot 9.
“I’ve watched a lot of video of Ferrer in the last couple of months,” Smyczek said. “He’s a guy I look up to a lot, because he’s more my body type, and he’s got a game that I am working towards.”
01-24-2013, 12:48 PM
He is now in the Maui Challenger and winning there so far!
01-24-2013, 09:59 PM
Def. Williams in 3, up next is Johnson or Alves in the 1/4
02-03-2013, 02:23 AM
(1) Jesse Levine (CAN) vs Bradley Klahn (USA)
Marcelo Demoliner (BRA) vs Izak Van Der Merwe (RSA)
Michael Yani (USA) vs Qualifier
Frank Dancevic (CAN) vs (7) Vasek Pospisil (CAN)
(4/WC) Rajeev Ram (USA) vs Daniel Kosakowski (USA)
(WC) Austin Krajicek (USA) vs Rhyne Williams (USA)
Tennys Sandgren (USA) vs Mischa Zverev (GER)
Alex Kuznetsov (USA) vs (5) Matthew Ebden (AUS)
(8) Alex Bogomolov Jr. (RUS) vs Denys Molchanov (UKR)
Steve Johnson (USA) vs Bobby Reynolds (USA)
(WC) Robby Ginepri (USA) vs Rik De Voest (RSA)
Ryan Sweeting (USA) vs (3) Tim Smyczek (USA)
(6/WC) James Blake (USA) vs Qualifier
Denis Kudla (USA) vs Qualifier
Pierre-Hugues Herbert (FRA) vs Qualifier
Jimmy Wang (TPE) vs (2) Michael Russell (USA)
02-11-2013, 12:40 AM
Will play Chvojka for a spot in the main draw of San Jose, good luck.
02-11-2013, 09:50 PM
Into the maindraw with a 3-set win :)
02-13-2013, 10:15 PM
63 63 over Verdasco :eek: totally unexpected, congrats :)
02-14-2013, 11:41 PM
02-24-2013, 01:36 AM
63 63 over Verdasco :eek: totally unexpected, congrats :)
It would have been more impressive if Verdasco wasn't a clay court player who as late hasn't done well on clay :rolleyes:
02-25-2013, 02:12 AM
Final qualifying round in Delray Beach tomorrow against Kudla, close to top 100.
02-25-2013, 06:46 PM
Came back from 0-3 in the 3rds set to advance to the maindraw.
03-05-2013, 11:15 PM
Wildcard into IW, first round against Lu. Good luck.
03-17-2013, 03:34 PM
03-18-2013, 01:27 AM
Miami Qualifying: Elias and then Odesnik/Bachinger. Good luck.
03-19-2013, 10:06 PM
57 63 61 over Bachinger, congrats to Tim for qualifying :)
03-20-2013, 02:29 AM
(q)Dmitry Tursunov (RUS) vs (q)Tim Smyczek (USA), good luck.
04-09-2013, 09:57 PM
Tim Smyczek (USA) d. Josselin Ouanna (FRA) 6-1 6-2
Congrats to Tim on his first ATP win on clay :)
04-11-2013, 12:54 AM
Christopher Williams @CpatWilliams 23h
@RhyneWilliams and @timsmyczek visited the Children's Memorial Hermann Hospital today. #Houston #USClay pic.twitter.com/S94wpbBicG
04-19-2013, 06:00 PM
Lost in the 2nd round of Sarasota Challenger.
05-01-2013, 10:05 PM
Into Tallahasee challenger quarterfinal, will play Alex Kuznetsov. I'm rooting for Tim since he is the defending champ.
05-02-2013, 05:24 AM
Good luck Tim
05-03-2013, 11:17 PM
Lost to Stebe today 75 60....had a chance to serve for the first set. Not sure what happened in the 2nd set.
05-21-2013, 03:39 AM
It is 4:30 am in Paris and Tim's coach is up watching hockey :unsure:
Tim's qualifying section at RG
Tim Smyczek (USA)  vs. Paul Capdeville (CHI)
Guilherme Clezar (BRA) vs. Pavol Cervenak (SVK)
Maxime Teixeira (FRA) vs. David Guez (FRA)
Robby Ginepri (USA) vs. Flavio Cipolla (ITA) 
05-24-2013, 02:29 AM
Tim and his sister :awww:
05-30-2013, 01:23 AM
I didn't know that Tim is of Polish descent - http://read.dmtmag.com/i/132139/37
06-02-2013, 07:57 PM
(4) Kenny De Schepper (FRA) vs. Rhyne Williams (USA)
James Duckworth (AUS) vs. Tim Smyczek (USA)
(WC) Alex Bogdanovic (GBR) vs. Michael Berrer (GER)
Donald Young (USA) vs. (8) Vasek Pospisil (CAN)
06-04-2013, 09:42 PM
7-5 6-3 De Schepper next, Tim needs to return well. Good luck.
06-08-2013, 09:16 PM
(4) Tim Smyczek (USA) vs. Rik De Voest (RSA)
Yuichi Sugita (JPN) vs. (WC) Joshua Milton (GBR)
(WC) David Rice (GBR) vs. Bradley Klahn (USA)
(Q) vs. (8) Go Soeda (JPN)
06-16-2013, 07:39 PM
SMYCZEK, Tim USA v MENENDEZ-MACEIRAS, Adrian ESP
BASIC, Mirza BIH v YANG, Tsung-Hua TPE
POLANSKY, Peter CAN v WEINTRAUB, Amir ISR
REID, Matt AUS v DEVVARMAN, Somdev IND
06-17-2013, 10:14 PM
62 64, young Basic next. Good luck.
06-18-2013, 07:01 PM
Tim won in straights again and will play Matt Reid in the FQR. Go Tim.
06-18-2013, 11:37 PM
Good luck Tim
07-07-2013, 04:43 PM
Newport Draw Party
07-08-2013, 10:03 PM
Warming up in Newport before the doubles. Tim and Rhyne won their 1st round match 63 62 over Matosevic/Moser.
07-09-2013, 12:52 AM
Warming up in Newport before the doubles. Tim and Rhyne won their 1st round match 63 62 over Matosevic/Moser.
great play by Tim and Rhyne
07-09-2013, 07:07 PM
Congrats to Tim on his win over Querrey 64 76(8) in the 1st round of Newport.
07-09-2013, 09:25 PM
07-11-2013, 10:32 PM
Tim lost to Mahut.
Thanks, bro: http://www.newportri.com/newportdailynews/tennis_week/thanks-bro/article_033652e6-f574-5792-a6c1-2eb74e13e522.html#.Ud8AA_lhweE.twitter
07-11-2013, 10:40 PM
Fashion show pictures: https://www.facebook.com/HallofFameTennisChamps/photos_stream
07-12-2013, 11:00 PM
Your chance for a signed racket.
Tim Smyczek @timsmyczek 8h
Guys, I'm in a race to get @CpatWilliams to 500 followers. If he gets there I'll send a signed racquet to someone who follows both of us
07-13-2013, 12:37 AM
Into the doubles final with Williams after a 76 67 10-8 win over Karlovic/Sharan.
07-15-2013, 08:08 AM
OMFG Those jackets that Tim and Denis are wearing :spit:
07-15-2013, 08:10 AM
Don't think I saw this press conference after the win over Querrey posted yet.
07-15-2013, 11:59 PM
Lost in the super tiebreaker, but a really nice week for Tim :)
07-16-2013, 12:09 AM
07-16-2013, 02:34 AM
Can't even get the home crowd support :hug: Would love to see Tim team up with Rhyne again. Their coaches' twitter war is quite amusing :lol:
ATP Newport Doubles Final Recap
Seldom does a tennis fan get to see a professional tennis championship match for free. Lucky enough, due to darkness the double’s final at the Hall of Fame Tennis Championships in Newport was postponed until today. The tournament allowed fans to get into the match for free, which is a very rare opportunity. I decided to capitalize on this opportunity, what made it so much sweeter was that two of my favorite players Tim Smyczek and Rhyne Williams were competing in the doubles final. They were to face off against Frenchman Nicolas Mahut and Edouard Roger-Vasselin. Mahut, who had won the singles championship the day before was hoping to add another trophy to take home, and be the first man in 2013 to win both the doubles and singles championship.
The Americans were hoping to stop Mahut’s streak and took the first set 7-6(4) but were unable to keep the momentum going, and the Frenchmen took the second set 6-2. A super tiebreak was to be played, the first I’d even seen live, unfortunately the match started to slip away for the team of Smyczek and Williams in the Super Tiebreak and soon enough Mahut and Roger-Vasselin were up 7-3, finally they capitalized on the match at championship point when they were up 9-4.
Nicolas Mahut who’s a big fan of the grass courts in Newport had the week of his life, and that can’t be taken away from him. But from a fan’s standpoint, as a huge American tennis fan, I was gutted when Rhyne and Tim lost. It also seemed that the crowd was cheering louder for the Frenchmen, which didn’t quite make sense to me.
It was the first time that Williams and Smyczek had ever played doubles together. And it was also both of their first ATP finals, something they’ll never forget. Both had a great attitude throughout the match, and I hope they can continue to play doubles together for the rest of the season. The American summer season will definitely do them some good, and they could very well find themselves in another ATP doubles final. As anyone who knows Rhyne knows that grass is clearly not one of his best surfaces, but as he continues to play on it seems that he’s starting to overcome it. Here’s to hope both Rhyne and Tim will have great summers. I surely won’t forget this summer, as I had the chance to watch my first ever ATP final.
07-16-2013, 09:03 AM
:lol: Any photos of Tim with a mustache?
07-16-2013, 10:14 PM
:lol: Any photos of Tim with a mustache?
His profile pic on twitter :p The picture was posted after he lost the bet last year. Many people joked that it was a lucky charm b/c he started having great results afterwards.
07-22-2013, 02:39 PM
Tim will play Donald Young in the FQR in Atlanta
07-23-2013, 12:58 AM
Won in straight sets and will play Blake tomorrow. Not a very good draw.
07-27-2013, 03:03 AM
Plays Peya, winner gets Jenkins or Dustov.
07-28-2013, 12:37 AM
Ben Rothenberg @BenRothenberg 1m
After 2.5 hour rain delay, took Tim Smyczek 10 minutes to come back and reel off four straight games and win third set, 6-3 over Peya.
Up next, Jenkins.
07-28-2013, 01:43 AM
Tim Smyczek @timsmyczek 26 Jul
“@ubersenseapp: Awesome time shooting w/ @timsmyczek while wearing @GoogleGlass. Video to come later! pic.twitter.com/YfF8z6IFSn” very cool!
07-28-2013, 09:27 PM
57 62 62 good job qualifying.
07-28-2013, 09:51 PM
Tim always very luck
but no big improve
07-28-2013, 10:51 PM
There are 2 places for lucky loseres in Washington so Tim knew that he is in MD before his match started.
07-28-2013, 11:49 PM
Tim draws Grega Zemlja, which I think is manageable. Winner gets Tommy Haas.
07-29-2013, 07:42 AM
Tim is on the verge of the Top 100 yet again. Let's go :unsure:
07-31-2013, 02:44 AM
61 67(8) 61 :)
08-02-2013, 07:53 AM
another biggest chance miss
loss to Haas
good match but bad result
08-10-2013, 11:17 PM
Defeated Ramos in Cincy QR1, Andujar or Quigley next.
08-14-2013, 09:29 PM
Ben Rothenberg @BenRothenberg 1h
#USOpen wild card update: Rajeev Ram has gotten in directly, so Tim Smyczek given main draw wild card. Junior Gage Brymer gets qualies WC.
08-17-2013, 12:01 AM
WSO R1: Russell
08-21-2013, 01:45 AM
Tim lost to Verdasco in the 2nd round 63 36 36
08-22-2013, 10:14 PM
PAIRE, Benoit FRA  - BOGOMOLOV JR., Alex RUS
SMYCZEK, Tim USA (W) - DUCKWORTH, James AUS (W)
ZOPP, Jurgen EST - GRANOLLERS, Marcel ESP
RAM, Rajeev USA - FOGNINI, Fabio ITA 
Good luck Tim!
08-29-2013, 01:38 AM
Tim won his 1st round match in 4 :)
08-30-2013, 09:59 PM
Into the 3rd round after defeating Bogomolov in 5 sets. Saw only the last set. Alex called a med time out in the middle of his service game and was broken after the resumption. Hopefully it is nothing serious for him. Nice hug at the end.
With this win, Tim should be close to the top 100 :cheerleader:
09-02-2013, 02:29 AM
Lost 46 64 60 36 57. Had so many opportunities to win the match :hug:
09-02-2013, 03:53 PM
After the other 14 American men bowed out in the first six days of the United States Open, the burden of 133 years rested on the shoulders of Tim Smyczek.
From the action on the hardcourts to what's being served at the food courts, Straight Sets is ready to serve your U.S. Open coverage.
Smyczek, a 109th-ranked wild-card entry, was one of only three American men to make the third round in the singles draw. After John Isner and Jack Sock lost Saturday, Smyczek stood alone on the seventh day of the tournament.
Smyczek, who had never made the third round of a Grand Slam event or even been ranked inside the top 100, looked to be enjoying the role of torchbearer. But his run, as well as that of the American men, ended in a 3-hour-24-minute heartbreaker to 43rd-ranked Marcel Granollers, 6-4, 4-6, 0-6, 6-3, 7-5.
The result silenced a crowd that had been chanting “U-S-A!” for much of the night, and featured five well-prepared fans who spelled out “S-M-Y-!-!” on their shirts.
It also meant the American men would not be represented in the Round of 16 here for the first time since the event began in 1881.
“Couldn’t be much more disappointed right now,” Smyczek said after the loss. “But, you know, these are kind of the types of situations that you dream about. I mean, it was pretty cool to be the last American in the draw, male, for a day.”
Smyczek had looked in command of the match after winning the third set, 6-0, and then taking a 4-1 lead in the final set. Three times, he was a point from match point at 5-4 in the third set, but Granollers held, broke and then held at love to seal the victory.
The first United States Championships tournament in 1881 featured a 25-player singles draw, compared with this year’s 128-player draw. In that first year, the event made a net profit of $4.32, not even enough to buy a cup of gelato at this year’s tournament. But through all the changes, an American man in the Round of 16 had been a constant.
The season’s final Grand Slam event ends a year in which no American man made the Round of 16 at any of the four Grand Slams. Only one American man reached the third round of each of the first two Grand Slams: Sam Querrey at the Australian Open and Isner at the French Open; they each defeated a fellow American in the second round of those tournaments. At Wimbledon, no American men reached the third round, the first time that had happened since 1912.
Smyczek, however, was largely sanguine about the country’s hopes.
“At the very top of the game American tennis is a little bit behind where it has been in years past,” he said. “I know we got really spoiled with Pete, Andre, all those guys — and Andy — for so many years. But, you know, I think it’s also a really exciting time, because there’s five, six, seven guys that are hovering right around 100 and have a good chance to make a big breakthrough.”
When asked about the American men’s lack of success at majors this year, Smyczek pointed to a bigger picture.
“I think it’s tough being judged by just the Grand Slams,” he said, citing recent success by Isner, who won a title in Atlanta and made the finals in Washington and Cincinnati.
But with Isner out, Smyczek was the one left to turn the lights out on his country’s biggest tournament, an unfamiliar experience for a player who has spent most of his career at Challenger events and qualifying draws.
“I’d never heard somebody yell out from the stands, ‘You’re our last hope!’ ” he said with a smile. “That was new.”
09-03-2013, 02:21 AM
I can relate. Tim is so likeable :) it is hard to root against him.
It was a Monday morning in February 2012 when I saw Tim Smyczek for the first time. A friend and I were going to our first ATP World Tour tournament, the SAP Open in San Jose, California. We had no idea who Smyczek was, but on initial glance he looked like a pretty cool guy. The atmosphere in the indoor arena known as the “shark tank” was similar to a golf course; utterly silent. His match wasn’t even in the main draw, he was playing in the final round of quallies. He beat Ricardas Berankis that day, and with very few fans in the arena, I was able to get an autograph from Tim. His ranking at the time of that match? Number 301 in the world.
From that day I on I started to follow Smyczek’s results week to week. They were up and down. One week he would win a couple main draw matches, and the next he would lose first round of a challenger. A huge step in his career was this year at the Australian Open. After being awarded a lucky loser, Tim won his first round of the main draw and played David Ferrer in the second. Ferrer has a game that Smyczek strives to have, with both players being very small. Tim took a set in that match, and I personally began to believe that Tim could be a great player.
My friends and I bought tickets to the US Open in June. We really are “Tennis Nerds”, and I was pumped to experience my first Grand Slam. When I saw that Tim could potentially get to the third round, I started to think of what we could do to support him. Our friends from Ithaca College a year ago had done shirts for S-O-C-K, and I thought that doing the same for “S-M-Y” would be even better because very few fans actually know Tim. After watching great tennis all weekend, it was Sunday evening, around 6 p.m. Smyczek and Marcel Granollers were walking onto court, and we had front row seats. As I looked around the Grandstand, I was disappointed. Most fans had elected to instead watch the Haas-Youzhny match on Armstrong. Smyczek was the last American man left in the draw, and no more than 1000 people were there to watch.
I shrugged my shoulders and told my friends, “Looks like we’re going to have to carry them(the crowd).” From the opening game, all five of us were in full support of the man we like to call Smy. Tim lost the first set after being up a break, which was disappointing. He got down a break to open the second, but broke right back to 1-2. At that point, somebody from Smyczek’s camp came over to us and said, “We need you guys to get this place nuts.” That was all we needed. I was going to wear the “M” with more pride than ever.
From that point on, after every changeover, we lead a different chant. From “Let’s go tim”, to “Smy-Czek”, to “U-S-A”. Smy started to play better, absolutely crushing his forehand like I had never seen him do before. He took the second set 6-3. At the end of the set, Mike Haber, a High Performance Evaluator for the USTA, came over and told us to “make this like a college match”, with the Grandstand being Smy’s home court. Things were starting to get crazy.
Tim started playing the best tennis I’ve ever seen from him. He won the third set 6-0 and he was doing so it some style. He was painting lines and crushing serves, not exactly what you expect from a guy who is 5’9 (and that’s generous). The crowd was not only getting behind Smy but behind us; they were engaging like I’ve never seen at a US tennis match. We ran around the Stadium, getting people out of their seats and into uproar. The atmosphere was electric. It could even be described at epic. People started to file into the Grandstand, hearing how loud we were getting.
Granollers played a very strong fourth set, and took it 6-3. Still, we believed. Tim played inspiring tennis to go up 4-1. We were going nuts; a couple of us including myself voices were shot. That didn’t matter, we were so invested into the match that nothing else mattered. We were literally heartbroken when Smy dropped the match 5-7 in the fifth.
But looking back on it all, it was the greatest sporting experience of my life. Tim Smyczek is exactly the kind of player you want to root for. He plays the game the right way, has a funny personality, and is pure class. His tweets today represented exactly the kind of guy he is.
Tim Smyczek @timsmyczek
Touched by all the messages I've received. Last night was the most disappointing loss of my life but also the best experience of my career.
Tim Smyczek @timsmyczek
Never felt an atmosphere like that. Thanks to everyone behind me. Sorry I couldn't do it for America. Can't wait to try again next year.
I’ve never rooted for a player harder than I did last night. Tim will likely move into the top 100 for the first time when the rankings come our next monday, something most people will take for granted. I certainly won’t. People shouldn’t be Smyczek fan’s just because he’s an American, but because he’s everything an American should be.
One last time: FIGHT SMY!
09-04-2013, 01:00 AM
Amazing US Open Experience!
I just want to start out by thanking everyone who’s made the past couple of weeks such an incredible experience. The outpouring of love and support has been both humbling and heartwarming. It’s such an amazing feeling to have so many people behind you.
Saturday night was a three and a half hour adrenaline rush. I’ve never been a part of something that special on a tennis court. I found it impossible to feel tired with a crowd like that carrying me the entire way. I can tell that feeling is addictive and I can’t wait to be in that same position again. I got chills every time the crowd started chanting, “USA, USA!” I wanted so badly to win that match for all the people cheering me on, but it just wasn’t meant to be.
There’s a reason that Pete and Andre and Andy used to love coming to New York every summer and I feel like I can in some small way relate to that. And I can’t wait to be back next year to do it all over again.
09-05-2013, 01:47 AM
Video version in the link: http://www.usopen.org/en_US/news/interviews/2013-09-01/201309021378087822927.html
An interview with: TIM SMYCZEK
Sunday, September 1, 2013
Q. What was that like for you out there?
TIM SMYCZEK: It was pretty cool. I mean, obviously it was pretty disappointing to lose, especially being up a break in the fifth. But, yeah, you know, I can't wait to come back next year. It's a really cool feeling. You know, like I said, couldn't be much more disappointed right now, but, you know, these are kind of the types of situations that you dream about. I mean, it was pretty cool to be the last American in the draw, male, for a day. But, you know, got a little taste of it. It's where I want to be. Can't wait to do it again.
Q. What was that like, being the last American guy?
TIM SMYCZEK: I mean, just 'cause of the schedule, I was later in the week. But, no, it was a cool feeling. You know, got a little taste of maybe what John or Sam or Andy went through for so many years, or James sometimes just a little taste. Love to have more of it.
Q. What in your mind did he do well or you not do well in the fifth set?
TIM SMYCZEK: He came up with some amazing shots, like some passes. You know, I didn't feel like I played a bad game to get broken back, but maybe one or two loose errors. He just came up with some stuff, I think. Before I knew it, we were back on serve after I missed like a mid court forehand. But, you know, I had a chance to break the next game, I think. He served his way out of it. I might have missed a return, too.
Q. Were you surprised he could hang in there? He played two five setters coming in.
TIM SMYCZEK: I think he's considered one of the fitter guys on tour. I was a little surprised that I won the third set so easily 'cause I did think then he showed signs of slowing down. But he came right back out and he was as good as ever, so...
Q. You were talking about having another chance to break. There was one point I think you were down to one challenge where it looked like I think it was a backhand might've caught the line. Do you remember if you thought about asking for that one?
TIM SMYCZEK: I don't remember.
Q. It was 4-3, two breakpoints, and it was the second one.
TIM SMYCZEK: I think I missed a backhand a 15-40. As soon as I hit it, I thought I missed it. So I don't know if I should have challenged. Did you think it was pretty close?
Q. You only had one left. It was sort of a tough one.
TIM SMYCZEK: You know, I think at deuce he hit an ace wide and I thought about challenging. I realized I was down to my last challenge.
Q. Didn't cross your mind then?
TIM SMYCZEK: No, not on the backhand. Felt like I missed that one.
Q. Obviously it's not on you that you were the last American in there. Since you are, do you go around thinking about American tennis very much or are you just doing your own thing?
TIM SMYCZEK: Yeah, not really. I talked about this with Doug a couple weeks ago, and I told him then that I think, you know, at the very top of the game American tennis is a little bit behind where it has been in years past. I know we got really spoiled with Pete, Andre, all those guys, and Andy for so many years. But, you know, I think it's also a really exciting time because there's five, six, seven guys that are hovering right around 100 and have a good chance to make a big breakthrough. You have Harrison back in the top 100, you have Sock who is doing really well, and a bunch of guys just outside. I think you can look for American tennis to be on the upswing again real soon. And John and Sam, you know, I think John fell out of the Top 20 for a week; now he's at 13. Sam will be back there soon. He's too good a player not to be. I think we're in a pretty solid place right now.
Q. This is the first time there's not been an American man in the fourth round of a Grand Slam ever.
TIM SMYCZEK: This year, yeah. You know, I think it's tough being judged by just the Grand Slams. 'Cause if you look at it, John has had an unbelievable summer. He won Atlanta; he finaled Cincinnati; he finaled Washington. He just had a rough match third round against Kohlschreiber here. I think to be judged on just the Grand Slams alone isn't quite fair. But I do understand Grand Slams are what makes a career. I think you can expect that to change next year.
Q. What were some of the new experiences for you being the last American guy here?
TIM SMYCZEK: I never heard somebody yell out from the stands, You're our last hope. That was new (smiling). But it really happened pretty fast 'cause those other guys just lost yesterday, so...
Q. Were you feeling any pressure out there? Didn't look like it.
TIM SMYCZEK: I don't think so. Played second round and this round guys ranked ahead of me, guys that have been into the second week of slams before. I didn't feel pressure like that. I mean, maybe when I got broken back in the fifth I might have felt a little pressure, but not so far as that I should dial it back a little bit. Early on in the first set, I was just working points and playing real consistent with him, and he was killing me at that. I knew that to win points I had to not necessarily play higher risk but, you know, maybe big targets, up the pace a little bit.
Q. What was it like to have the entire place cheering for you?
TIM SMYCZEK: It was really neat. You know, I never had to step up to the baseline with goosebumps so many times. Like I said earlier, I got a taste of it. I can't wait to come back again next year and do it because it was a really special feeling. You know, I used to hear James and Andy talk about how playing Davis Cup was one of the greatest experiences of their careers. I didn't quite get that before. But I think now, you know, it's a pretty special feeling to have everybody behind you like that.
Q. Not to pin it on you again, but you see some positive signs. It's fair to say we're sort of hitting bottom here and the only way is up.
TIM SMYCZEK: Yeah, for sure. I've, this summer, been up a break against three or four guys and lost. You know, gonna take a couple days off and maybe take a step back and think about some things and just really take the positives. I think it might be hard to think about them right now, but I think there are some. But, yeah, I'll definitely take a step back and analyze.
Q. I was talking a little bit more about American tennis, men's tennis in general.
TIM SMYCZEK: No, no, I mean, I think John is 13.
TIM SMYCZEK: Oh, 17. Okay. Well, 17, 13. I really don't. I really think we're in a good place. I think that you can expect some guys that are ranked around 80, 90, 100, to really make a jump later this year and in the early part of next year. You know, I think John and Sam are really going to come back in a big way.
Q. How did this tournament make you reassess yourself?
TIM SMYCZEK: I saw a stat earlier that there's something like 10 guys in the third round that are over 30. Does that sound right? I mean, I think I'm not a young guy anymore, but it's really inspiring to see some of these players play their best tennis after 30. Hopefully my body stays healthy. That might be an opportunity for me to extend my career and hopefully my best tennis is ahead of me.
Q. Fall schedule?
TIM SMYCZEK: Got a couple weeks off and then those challengers in Northern Cal. Then I'm not quite sure after that. Either play some of the tour events in Europe or the challengers, the indoor challengers.
Q. Will you eagerly be awaiting the rankings next week?
TIM SMYCZEK: No, I actually I'm pretty sure I didn't, because I was defending a qually and won a round last year.
Q. There's no rankings this week, so you have to wait.
TIM SMYCZEK: Yeah, no, I mean, I got a couple weeks with no points coming off. Good chance next few weeks, I hope.
09-05-2013, 07:15 AM
Tim already done great Job but just one game away from 4th Round, THis maybe his only chance to make 4th Round in a slam
09-08-2013, 10:17 AM
Yes true. Felt so sad about him in this match vs the Spanish vulture. Do you have any information of his upcoming commitments. He is not in the list for any of the challengers this week or the ATP 250 events whose entry list is weak and his ranking can secure him a direct MD spot. He seems like playing just ATP 250 or 500 events in the USA. Saw some of his tweets he made a joke of taking a boat to Australia in January because he hates the air travel.
09-08-2013, 05:43 PM
Not sure but I think Tim will play the American challengers this fall (has quite a bit of points to defend).
09-12-2013, 09:42 PM
Question and Answer: Tim Smyczek
As many of our readers know, Tim Smyczek is one of our favorite players. We were able to support him in his epic third round encounter against Marcel Granollers. He’s done so much for us at The Tennis Nerds, and he’s back again. He is the second American Man in this installment of our Q and A series. He gave us some incredibly good answers and even though it was through email, it was the greatest interview I’ve been apart of. We hope you enjoy this as much as we do!
Player: Tim Smyczek (USA)
Current Ranking: 104
Turned Professional: 2006
Q: When you’re playing in front of crowds that are going crazy in support of you, how does it affect you and your game? Does it inspire you? Do you get nervous?
A: I think a supportive crowd can only help you. It’s inspirational. I had some great crowds my first two rounds of the Open this year, but nothing could compare to the third round. From the moment I walked onto the Grandstand I could feel them carrying me. I told someone last week that I’ve never had to play with goosebumps for so long. They were doing the wave during changeovers, chanting “USA, USA” and “SMY-CZEK.” I had so much adrenaline pumping. In a long five setter I never felt tired and I was so wired after the match that I don’t think I got to sleep until about 5am.
Q: I recently found out that as a Junior player you often played doubles with your coach, Billy Heiser. First off, that is so cool. Second, how is your relationship with Billy as your coach? Does the fact that you guys competed together in the past help or hurt the way you’re coached?
A: Billy has been my best friend for a long time. I first played him in a tournament in East Lansing, Michigan when I was 10 or 11 and we had a three set battle. When we first started working together last summer, it was a little bit difficult to navigate our relationship because we were going from being best friends to player/coach. I had trouble telling him to do things at first, and I’m sure he struggled with the same things. But in the long run I think it has helped us to be so close. We’ve gotten good at compartmentalizing. It’s a lonely life out on tour and it helps to have your best friend with you.
Q: Speaking of the Juniors, you had quite a bit of success in the ITF’s as a young kid. You got up to a career high #14 in 2005. What challenges did you face in translating Junior success to making it on the professional tour?
A: Tennis at the professional level is just a different game than at the junior level. It was nice to play all of the grand slams as a junior, and when I got to them at the professional level it was helpful to have seen the sights and played on the courts, but for me that’s really where it ended. Unfortunately, I came out of the juniors thinking that making it in the pros would be easy. Needless to say, I was in for a rude awakening.
Q: At 25, you can’t really be called a “young gun”, but with so many guys 30+ having great results, how excited are you for the rest of your career? Do you think tennis really is getting “older”?
A: Absolutely. I think I saw a stat that said there were 10 players 30 or older in the round of 32 at the US Open. That’s pretty incredible. Doing really well at a young age is becoming more and more rare. I think I saw another stat that said there are no players under 20 in the top 200. It’s really inspiring to see some players playing their best tennis later on in their careers, as well as extending their careers well into their 30′s. I think that’s definitely the direction that tennis is going at the moment. I’ve developed later than a lot of other players and I’m really excited for this next stage in my career.
Q:You’ve been asked this repeatedly over the last week and a half, but how does reaching the third round of a grand slam for the first time give you confidence for the rest of the year?
A: It was incredible to reach the third round. It just instills some belief in myself and reenforces what I’ve been trying to convince myself of for a long time. I’m hitting the ball great, but competing even better. Winning a tough four setter and then coming back and winning a four hour five setter gives me a lot of confidence in my physical condition. I’m looking forward to playing five or six more tournaments this year and really continuing to compete and improve and set myself up for next year.
Q: You’re a short guy. You’ve said in the past that one of your strengths is your speed. Were you a great natural athlete growing up, or did you have to work more in the weight room and off the court to improve your quickness?
A: I’ve been blessed with some athleticism, but being a small guy I have a lot to make up for and I spend a lot of time in the gym and on the field. I’ve been fortunate to have had some great strength and speed coaches, most of all Jason Riley at the Performance Compound in Tampa.
Q: You’re up to 104 in this weeks rankings, and you’ve been as high as 101. How much would it mean to you to break the top 100?
A: It’s been my goal for as long as I can remember to break into the top 100. Earlier this year, I’m pretty sure I was one ranking point from being number 99. It would mean a lot to reach that milestone, but at this point I’m really trying to focus more on improving certain parts of my game and setting my sights even higher.
Q: If given a Wildcard, you said you will be playing the Napa challenger starting September 21st. With your current ranking, how do you decide when to enter ATP World Tour events, and when to enter Challengers?
A: A lot of it depends on which tournaments I get into without having to play qualifying. Also, two of the challengers in California are 100K’s so there are some good opportunities to make some valuable points.
Q: What are some short and long term goals you have set for yourself? And what parts of your game are you trying to improve the most?
A: Short term, I want to ensure I’m in the main draw of the Australian Open. Long term I want to set myself up for a long career and stay healthy enough to play into my 30′s. Watching Ferrer and Haas and some of these other guys who are playing so well late in their careers gives me hope.
Q: And finally, a fun one. What is your favorite tournament(I hope you say New York or San Jose…) and where is the best place to eat at that tournament?
A: New York is definitely my favorite place to play. I’ll never forget the feeling of having so many people pulling for me last week. I’ve eaten at this place La Esquina a couple of times there which has incredible Mexican food. San Jose will always be special to me because it was the first ATP tournament I qualified for. Indian Wells has to be my other favorite tournament. It’s one of the most player friendly tournaments of the year. Finally, it’d be silly not to mention the Australian Open. They know how to put on a tournament in Melbourne. (And the buffet at the Hyatt is probably the best breakfast of the year.)
We want to give a huge thanks to Tim for his great, articulate answers and for everything he’s done for our blog. I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again: Tim Smyczek is everything an American should strive to be.
09-22-2013, 04:40 AM
Napa Draw: http://assets.usta.com/assets/1/15/singles_draw287.PDF
If Tim does not make the quarterfinal with this draw, I will be disappointed.
09-25-2013, 11:53 PM
Will play Bradley Klahn in the quarterfinal.
09-27-2013, 02:35 AM
10-05-2013, 05:14 PM
Tim is into the semis of Sacramento, will play Nick Krygios. Also congrats to Tim on a new career-high, top 100 debut.
Pic from last week.
10-05-2013, 07:48 PM
10-06-2013, 10:35 PM
Bahhh, bad performance in the final.
It's hard to believe this was his first challenger final of the year. Should have been a title, though...
10-06-2013, 11:05 PM
Didn't see the match but from twitter, it sounded like a mess + some choking :hug:
Edit: from his 1st round match
10-07-2013, 06:47 AM
Not sure about that. His serve wasn't particularly effective but Young was driving the balls deep and making Smy run for every single ball. Young's really in darn good form right now and it was hard to tell if Smyczek played poorly or if Young was just that good. My impression is that Young just kept hitting the ball deep near the baseline and rarely missed on Tim's serve and while Tim was able to break him several times he was never able to get a rhythm going on his own serve because Young kept the pressure up.
If both of them are not too exhausted by so much tennis in the last two weeks they are slated to meet for the 3rd time in the last 3 weeks if they both make the QF of Tiburon.
Smyczek has struggled against Young.
Young leads the head to head 8-3. It's 8-4 if you count the French Open Wild Card tournament where Smyczek beat Young in the Wild Card playoff a couple of years ago.
Young and Smyczek look like the hottest players on the US Challenger tour right now and are really taking advantage of the absence of some of their usual obstacles with Russell, Sock, and Harrison all over seas. Gotta give them both credit for taking advantage.
By my math Smyczek will be up to around 91st(ish) when the new rankings come out shortly, though he has 109 points falling off in November so these positive results in Napa and Sacramento will just offset the loss of those points unless he can keep up the solid efforts. Needs a couple more SF's or a runner up to stay in the top 100 before the year is up. He's got 3/4ish more chances.
10-09-2013, 02:29 AM
In his first round match at Tiburon, Tim swept away Matt Reid in a mere 46 minutes. 6-1, 6-1.
Encouraging showing after what must have been a frustrating loss to Young in the Sacramento Finals given he also lost to Young in the SF in Napa.
10-09-2013, 02:34 AM
Keep going Tim!
10-12-2013, 12:29 AM
Two consecutive tough 3 setters for Tim.
In the second round of Tiburon he beat Denys Molchanov in a tough 3-6, 6-4, 6-3 match which lasted 1 hour and 56 minutes.
In the Quarter Finals Tim got revenge on Young beating him in another very rough 3 set match, 6-4, 4-6, 6-4 in a match that featured a combined total of 25 break points, 9 breaks, and lasted 2 hours and 6 minutes.
Tim will have a tough time after back to back 2 hour 3 setters tomorrow having to play yet again in the Semi Finals. If he can recover he's got a decent chance at another Finals appearance. He'll play Peter Polansky whose ranked 222 but is likely far more rested and has a big forehand, if Peter is hitting it well tomorrow it will be a tough match.
10-12-2013, 04:17 PM
First time I heard that Polanksy has a big forehand. Good luck Tim.
11-03-2013, 11:11 PM
Won doubles title with Johnson today in Charlottesville.
Knoxville, gets Q in 1st round: http://www.protennislive.com/lshd/main.swf?year=2013&wkno=45c&lang=en&tour=1&eventid=0363&tabno=3&ref=www.atpworldtour.com
Charity event in Milwaukee (December)
11-08-2013, 12:57 AM
Good win by Tim today.
11-09-2013, 02:29 AM
Good win by Tim today.
Wow .. what a point http://www.klix.ba/forum/images/smilies/hot.gif
11-09-2013, 11:42 PM
Tim will play against Polansky in Knoxville Finally. Good luck Tim
11-10-2013, 08:44 PM
Tim Smyczek won Knoxville title
11-22-2013, 09:46 PM
Local tennis legend is now serving others - and his game
MILWAUKEE - He was the last American man standing at this Summer's U.S. Open in New York, and he's all ours. Milwaukee's Tim Smyczek, a former tennis star at Brookfield Academy, had the crowds chanting on into the third round at Flushing Meadows. And although Symczek's hopes were dashed in a heartbreaking fifth set to Spaniard Marcel Granollers, what Smyczek was able to do was finally score the breakthrough that had eluded him through the first seven years of his career.
"Cracking the top one hundred (world ranking) has been a lifetime goal of mine," Smyczek says. "In my head it always seemed like if you cracked the top hundred, you kind of made it in tennis."
So what happens when you crack it all the way down to 63rd in the world, where Smyczek found himself last week? For Smyczek, that meant coming home to Wisconsin from his training headquarters in Tampa, to put the finishing touches on his passion project, Serves for Summit.
"Summit is an after school tutoring program for at-risk kids in Milwaukee," Smyczek said shortly before meeting with a group of junior players at Brookfield's Western Racquet Club on Monday. "They focus on one-on-one tutoring, and through helping these kids with their studies, their main focus is really character building."
Of course, that is a subject that Smyczek knows all about after struggling through the first several years of his career, begging the question of whether or not he ever wanted to just give up.
"Many times," he admits without hesitation. "I've been out on tour for seven or eight years now, and the first probably three years of my career were really rough. I battled some injuries, (and) just really didn't have any good results, didn't win too many matches. More than once I thought about hanging it up."
But instead Smyczek dug deeper, and after his run at the U.S. Open this year, even attracted the attention of one of the greatest of all time, Andre Agassi, who was in town earlier this year opening up his new charter school on Milwaukee's South Side.
"His game has come a long way," Agassi said of Smyczek in September. "I think he has a big game. Anybody who can step on the court and put fear into their opponent on any given day has a real look at a future."
Like Agassi has done for many years, Smyczek will be giving back, hosting his second professional tennis exhibition for "Serves for Summit" on December 7 at Wisconsin Lutheran College, with a reception the night before at the Hilton City Center. Among those that will be participating in the event, professional tennis players Dennis Kudla, Rhyne Williams, and Rajeev Ram, along with Wisconsin tennis legend Tom Gullickson. Tickets can be purchased at any local tennis shop or at ServesForSummit.com
"Maybe if I hadn't experienced those lows," Smyczek reflected, " stuff like this wouldn't feel so good."