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Audacity 06-23-2011 06:51 AM

J.P. Smith
Thought I'd start this thread. :shrug:

Born 24.01.1989. Was a top College player in America.. won just about every award you can name... earnt his first ATP point this week over compatriot Dayne Kelly in an impressive 6-1 6-0 win.

Will add more to this about him later.

RustyOz 06-23-2011 10:39 PM

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Welcome to the Men's Forum Jipper.
What a champion, carved up Kelly in his 1st match, after qualies that is.
In qualifying did not drop a set, conceding only 13 games in 8 sets...

From Townsville, Queensland, tennis has been this banana-bender's game since he was in primary school. JP represented Australia as a Junior at age 12 and was a Junior National Champion at some times over the years. I recall him playing against Nishikori, both aged 13, in the 14&U Nationals in Brisbane. Can't recall the result but JP gave Kei a good match.
He reached a high of 6 in the ITF World Junior's. A tall but slightly built guy, JP found it hard going against the big hitters of his age group such as Lindner, Nicholls, Jones and Klein in the latter part of the Juniors, and elected to go to College in the USA, Tennessee I think, where he has carved out a name for himself. At Tennessee he was the MVP (?) player for 4 years in a row, a USA Collegiate record and has, at various times over the four years, been the No. 1 ranked singles and doubles player, only the 2nd player to be ranked No.1 in both at the same time.
A crafty and intelligent player, JP will trouble many on the Men's circuit. I will follow his progress keenly.
Good luck Jipper.

RustyOz 06-24-2011 03:23 AM

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Jipper advances after dropping a set! Coming back to win the next two sets easily, winning 36 60 61.
On current form should win the next match against No.8 seed Ty Trombetta.

Audacity 06-24-2011 03:40 AM

Re: J.P. Smith
Nice overview of his career so far RustyOz, cheers! :yeah:

Good to see him get through R2.

Audacity 06-25-2011 02:00 AM

Re: J.P. Smith
J.P. went down 4-6 6-3 3-6 to 8th seed Ty Trombetta.

RustyOz 06-25-2011 12:23 PM

Re: J.P. Smith

Originally Posted by Audacity (Post 11156379)
J.P. went down 4-6 6-3 3-6 to 8th seed Ty Trombetta.

Pooh :mad:

Chris. 06-25-2011 01:11 PM

Re: J.P. Smith
Bad luck J.P i think we might have a player here.

Chris. 06-29-2011 04:34 AM

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JP has a solid first round win againt fellow Aussie Jonathan Cooper 6-1 6-0. Has a tough match up in the second round against number 7 seed Austin Krajicek.

RustyOz 06-29-2011 05:19 AM

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Good win by JP. He should get past Krajicek.

RustyOz 06-30-2011 09:57 PM

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But he didn't get past the 6 seed USA's Austin Krajicek, losing 75 62, in the round of 16.
Think Jipper needs more matches at the Pro level.

Into the final in the doubles.

Audacity 07-01-2011 04:07 AM

Re: J.P. Smith
Yeah he's had some pretty erratic performances. He will be winning these matches soon.

Snowwy 07-02-2011 12:14 PM

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Great accomplishment, for those who don't know who Cam Newton is, beating him for this award is very good.

RustyOz 07-02-2011 03:07 PM

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Quoted from the article link:

"Cam Newton is no Rafael Nadal.

But then, is John-Patrick Smith?

The SEC apparently holds Smith -- Tennessee's first four-time tennis All-American who finished the Vols' season ranked 10th in the nation -- in higher regard than the NFL's top draft pick, as the conference's athletic directors have made Smith the first Volunteer to win their male-athlete-of-the-year award since Peyton Manning in 1998.

Newton, meanwhile, will have to be content with the Heisman Trophy -- and a BCS national championship.

"The SEC is very proud to honor John-Patrick and Kayla, as they are outstanding examples of what a student-athlete can accomplish, both on and off the field of competition," SEC commissioner Mike Slive said in a news release this week of Smith and Kayla Hoffman, an Alabama gymnast. "Their hard work and dedication to excellence have made them fine representatives of their universities and this conference. We congratulate them and wish them the best in their future endeavors."

Vols tennis standout John-Patrick Smith trumped Heisman winner Cam Newton and hauled away the SEC's top individual prize, winning male athlete of the year award.
For his part, Australian native Smith was only the second player to be named All-American in singles and doubles every year of his career, repeating the feat of Southern California's Rick Leach (1984-87)."

Congratulations JP

Audacity 07-21-2011 02:03 PM

Re: J.P. Smith
J.P. is playing in another 10K Futures event in the USA. He beat J. Zavala in the first round 6-2 6-1, and now takes on unranked qualifier Z. Nguyen, who beat the 7th seed in straight sets..

Audacity 07-22-2011 12:04 PM

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J.P. wins easy 6-0 6-1! Next up is the world number 418 top seed.

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