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04-03-2016 12:33 PM
TalkonTennis
Re: J.P. Smith

Yes, I think it's a case of JP playing the percentages - even if he were to enter some clay events, would he really succeed against others who are much more comfortable on the surface? So he may believe that by sticking with hardcourts and then moving straight onto grass that he stands a better chance of advancing his ranking.

Of course, this is the same guy who thought (maybe not that unreasonably) that the best path to cracking the Top 100 after the USO last year was going to do the European indoor swing rather than heading to Asia, which just didn't work at all...

But perhaps his unexpected run to the doubles QFs in Miami with Omar has put a bit of pep in the Jipper's step. Here's hoping!
04-03-2016 08:43 AM
Kateoz
Re: J.P. Smith

Quote:
Originally Posted by azza View Post
Looks like JP, is totally missing the clay season, not even playing RG Quallies, bit weird...
Well he's never played a lot of clay - literally only a couple of futures, literally only a couple of challengers and three rounds of qualies. Still, a bit odd I agree given did actually win one of those futures, and won a round of qualifying at RG last year.

Have to assume he just really doesn't like clay...bit of a shame though, would have liked to see him team up with Omar again, though would have struggled to get in I guess.
04-03-2016 08:24 AM
azza
Re: J.P. Smith

Looks like JP, is totally missing the clay season, not even playing RG Quallies, bit weird

04 April // Le Gosier Challenger

25 April // Taipei Challenger

02 May // Busan Challenger

09 May // Seoul Challenger

16 May // Bangkok 3 Challenger

30 May // Manchester Challenger

06 June // Surbiton Challenger

13 June // Ilkley Challenger

21 June // Wimbledon Qualifying
02-17-2016 08:30 AM
Arsenalex
Re: J.P. Smith

Massive underdog against the man ranked hundreds of spots below him. Lets hope he gives a good showing, though maybe not too good since I'm on the comeback bandwagon

Nah, great match and like to see how his game matches against one of the best. Let's just hope he plays his best tennis. Don't be a Kudla.
02-16-2016 06:59 AM
azza
Re: J.P. Smith

Into R2 at Delray beach beat Karlovic now plays Kudla or Del Potro
02-15-2016 08:07 PM
RustyOz
Re: J.P. Smith

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Originally Posted by Goffan View Post
I had my first experience with JP Smith today, being a towel ball kid at his match against Falla through the most of second and third set. He was the first player to ever thank me for giving/taking the towel from him. Apologized to me when he hit me with his serve, which was another first. Overall, he's just the nicest guy, playing a game pleasing to the eye and I'm a fan from now on.
Great to hear this report, coz that's JP.

Comes from a good caring, family.
Has empathy and great manners, always has time to say g'day.
A bit insular and gawky to some but is a fantastic person all round.
02-15-2016 12:35 AM
Goffan
Re: J.P. Smith

I had my first experience with JP Smith today, being a towel ball kid at his match against Falla through the most of second and third set. He was the first player to ever thank me for giving/taking the towel from him. Apologized to me when he hit me with his serve, which was another first. Overall, he's just the nicest guy, playing a game pleasing to the eye and I'm a fan from now on.
02-15-2016 12:29 AM
Goffan
Re: J.P. Smith

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Originally Posted by RustyOz View Post
JP grinds out a first round win over qualifier, peer Eric Quigley (ATP297), from the USA. with a close 76(6), 63 win.

Next up is 29 year-old Slovakian Grega Zemlja (ATP179), who is definitely beatable for JP.

Go JP Smith
*Sloveninan
02-14-2016 11:46 PM
azza
Re: J.P. Smith

Much needed confident booster after squandering this MP's last week

Face Ivo Karlovic who had to retire at the AO, hopefully JP can concentrate on his own service games and get the win!
02-14-2016 08:09 PM
Ritz Jipper qualifies for Delray. Much needed wins. Hopefully he can win a round or two.
02-02-2016 11:05 PM
RustyOz
Re: J.P. Smith

JP grinds out a first round win over qualifier, peer Eric Quigley (ATP297), from the USA. with a close 76(6), 63 win.

Next up is 29 year-old Slovakian Grega Zemlja (ATP179), who is definitely beatable for JP.

Go JP Smith
11-19-2015 08:11 PM
RustyOz
Re: J.P. Smith

JP goes down to 21 year-old American Mitchell Krueger in a tight two set match 57 67(3), in Champaign. A pity for him as he strived to get positioned for the Oz Open, and the top 100.
Is that JP's last tournament for this year?
11-12-2015 05:02 AM
n8
Re: J.P. Smith

Solid 6-4 6-4 win over up and coming Fritz in the first round of the Knoxville Challenger.
10-21-2015 09:17 PM
Kateoz
Re: J.P. Smith

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Originally Posted by TalkonTennis View Post
Doing the American swing probably would have made more sense in hindsight - but JP is usually pretty good in indoor conditions and I can understand why going on that path may have appealed, as it also meant possible entry into qualies for some of the European indoor ATP events...it hasn't worked out at all for him, but I guess he isn't going to lose that much ground either.

Surely he still has done enough to put himself firmly at the top of TA's thinking for a discretionary wildcard into the AO, anyway. Given the rather heartbreaking nature of his efforts in the wildcard playoff and qualies of late, I'd say he is deserving of a chance.
I can see why he took the chance - trying something different to see if it worked out. And worst case scenario, get to see some visit places, interact with a lightly different crowd!

There are still a couple more late challengers whose entry lists haven't come out yet so still some possibilities, though in retrospect doing Traralgon and Canberra might have been better options.

I agree he should be a good chance for a wc though - much prefer it to go to him than Ebden for example.
10-21-2015 01:44 PM
TalkonTennis
Re: J.P. Smith

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It was a strange decision to go and play Rennes and Brest, when he has in the past had a lot of success in the US
Doing the American swing probably would have made more sense in hindsight - but JP is usually pretty good in indoor conditions and I can understand why going on that path may have appealed, as it also meant possible entry into qualies for some of the European indoor ATP events...it hasn't worked out at all for him, but I guess he isn't going to lose that much ground either.

Surely he still has done enough to put himself firmly at the top of TA's thinking for a discretionary wildcard into the AO, anyway. Given the rather heartbreaking nature of his efforts in the wildcard playoff and qualies of late, I'd say he is deserving of a chance.
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