James Duckworth (tennis)

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James Duckworth
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Country  Australia
Residence Sydney, Australia
Born (1992-01-21) 21 January 1992 (age 22)[1]
Sydney, Australia
Height 1.82 m (6 ft 0 in)
Turned pro 2007
Plays Right-handed (two-handed backhand)
Prize money $371,568
Singles
Career record 5–12
Career titles 0
Highest ranking No. 132 (4 November 2013)
Current ranking No. 154 (26 August 2014)
Grand Slam Singles results
Australian Open 2R (2012, 2013)
French Open 1R (2013, 2014)
Wimbledon 1R (2013, 2014)
US Open 1R (2013)
Doubles
Career record 1–6
Career titles 0
Highest ranking No. 329 (27 January 2014)
Current ranking No. 806 (19 May 2014)
Grand Slam Doubles results
Australian Open 1R (2013)
Last updated on: 24 May 2014.

James Duckworth (born 21 January 1992) is an Australian professional tennis player who as of 19 May 2014 is ranked World No. 167 by the Association of Tennis Professionals (ATP). He reached a career high ranking of 132 on 4 November 2013. As a junior, Duckworth enjoyed a successful career which included winning three titles and reaching the semi-finals of the 2010 French Open. In January 2012, he competed in his first ATP main draw event at the Brisbane International. Duckworth is the grandson of Beryl Penrose, who won the Australian Open singles and doubles titles in 1955.[2]

Education[edit]

Duckworth attended Sydney Church of England Grammar School where he was in the 1sts since Year 7. Whilst he was at Sydney Church of England Grammar School he won several AAGPS Premierships. From there he gained to scholarship to the Australian Institute of Sport where he was able to further develop his tennis.

Junior career[edit]

Duckworth played his first ITF under 18 tournament in December 2005 as a 13 year old, the event was held in Perth and Duckworth lost in the first round to Sebastian Bell. Duckworth's first big result came in December 2007 when he made his first final in Manila, Philippines but had to retire in the third set against Francis Casey Alcantara. Duckworth's first title came in August 2010 at the Oceania Closed Championship held in Fiji, he beat fellow Australian Maverick Banes in the final. Out of the nine junior tournaments Duckworth entered in 2010 he managed to reach three finals that resulted in two titles won in Kuching, Malaysia and Manila, Philippines respectively. Duckworth's best junior result came at 2010 Roland Garros Junior Championships where he reached the semifinals. He reached as high as No. 7 in the combined world rankings in July 2010.

Junior Performance Timeline[edit]

Tournament 2007 2008 2009 2010
Junior Grand Slam Tournaments
Australian Open 1R Q2 3R QF
French Open A A A SF
Wimbledon A A A QF
US Open A A A 1R

Junior singles titles (3)[edit]

Legend (Singles)
Grand Slam (0)
Grade A (0)
Grade B (1)
Grade 1–5 (2)
No. Date Tournament Surface Opponent Score
1. 21 August 2010 Fiji Lautoka Hard Australia Maverick Banes 6–4, 6–4
2. 21 March 2011 Malaysia Kuching Hard Australia Andrew Whittington 6–4, 4–6, 6–4
3. 28 March 2011 Philippines Manila Hard Sweden Tobias Blomgren 6–3, 6–2

Professional career[edit]

2006–2009[edit]

Duckworth entered his first professional tournament in September 2006 as a 14 year old in Happy Valley, South Australia where he was defeated in the first round of qualifying 5–7 2–6. He entered his second pro tournament in September 2007, the event was held in Sawtell, New South Wales and Duckworth was able to make it to the final round of qualifying but fell at the last hurdle to Matheson Klein 3–6 2–6. In November 2008 Duckworth received a wildcard into a futures tournament held in Perth and made the most of his opportunity, he recorded his first main draw victory in the first round by defeating Maverick Banes 6–1 4–6 6–3. He followed up the victory with a surprise win over the number 5 seed Adam Feeney 7–6(5) 6–4. In the quarterfinals he fell to the number 4 seed and eventual champion Andrew Coelho 5–7 5–7. The following week Duckworth received another wildcard into an event held in Sorrento, Western Australia but could not keep the form going as he fell in the first round to James Lemke 6–7 6–7. Despite entering four Australian futures toward the back end of 2009 Duckworth could only manage one victory and in doing so finished 2009 ranked 1,712.[3]

2010[edit]

The 2010 season began for Duckworth with a qualifying wildcard into his hometown ATP event in Sydney where he lost in the first round to fellow Australian Marinko Matosevic 1–6 3–6. He also received a wildcard into the qualifying tournament of the 2010 Australian Open but fell in the first round to Somdev Devvarman 2–6 1–6. While not competing in junior tournaments Duckworth played several futures tournaments held in Australia, Netherlands, USA and New Zealand. His best result came in November when he reached the semifinals of a futures tournament held in New Zealand. Duckworth finished the year ranked 742 in the ATP rankings.

2011[edit]

Duckworth, long time friends with James Duff and mentored by Max Cooleman, began the year playing in the 2012 Brisbane International and the 2012 Australian Open qualifying tournaments after receiving wildcards into each event. Following the Australian summer series of tournaments Duckworth headed to Europe in hopes of boosting his ranking. Duckworth's choice of tournaments would prove successful with four titles and two runner ups in tournaments held across Poland and Italy.[1]

His latest futures title was in Este Padova where he defeated Australian Jason Kubler en route to the final against Daniele Giorgini. These results have enabled him to enter the top 300 and is now also one of Australia's top 10 players.[4] Duckworth capped off the year by reaching the final of the 2012 Australian Open Men's Wildcard Playoff, falling to Marinko Matosevic 6–4 6–1 6–2.[5]

2012[edit]

Following a successful 2011 season Duckworth was granted main draw wildcards into the Brisbane International, Apia International Sydney and the Australian Open. In the first round of the 2012 Brisbane International Duckworth drew Frenchman Nicolas Mahut. After trailing 0–4 in the first set Duckworth came back and won his first ever ATP match 6–4 6–4. In the second round of Brisbane Duckworth fell to world no. 12 Gilles Simon 3–6 5–7 on Pat Rafter Arena. In the 2012 Apia International Sydney Duckworth fell to qualifier and eventual champion Jarkko Nieminen 2–6 2–6. On his Grand Slam debut Duckworth drew Estonian Jurgen Zopp in the first round, Duckworth came out victorious in straight sets 6–3 6–4 6–4. In the second round Duckworth faced world number 9 Janko Tipsarević and got off to a quick start taking the first set. Duckworth would eventually lose in four sets 6–3 2–6 6–7 4–6. Following the Australian Open Duckworth entered the Burnie Challenger where he was a first round casualty to Ben Mitchell 6–4 3–6 4–6. A week later Duckworth was seeded third in the Caloundra challenger and lived up to his seeding by reaching his first ever challenger semifinal. He was defeated by eventual champion Marinko Matosevic in the semifinals 6–7 3–6.

2013[edit]

Duckworth started his year at the 2013 Brisbane International where he lost in the second round of qualifying. He then played in the 2013 Apia International Sydney, where as a wildcard he almost made an upset against world number 46 Denis Istomin 7–6(4), 4–6, 6–7(3). Duckworth then played in the 2013 Australian Open after receiving a wild card. He defeated fellow Australian and good friend Ben Mitchell in the first round 6–4, 7–6(8), 4–6, 5–7, 8–6. He then played another long five set match in the second round, losing to world number 93 player Blaž Kavčič 6–3, 3–6, 4–6, 7–6(3), 8–10.[6] After two first round losses against James Ward at the 2013 McDonald's Burnie International and the Charles Sturt Adelaide International, Duckworth reached the final of the Australia F1 Futures in Melbourne going down against Stephane Robert 6–7(3), 3–6. Duckworth then competed in the 2013 Nature's Way Sydney Tennis International losing to compatriot Samuel Groth in the quarterfinals 6–7(2), 6–7(5).

Duckworth reached the second round at the 2013 All Japan Indoor Tennis Championships after defeating Jose Rubin Statham 6–4, 4–6, 6–3. He went down to second seed Marco Chiudinelli 6–7(5), 7–6(7), 2–6. Duckworth returned to Australia to compete in the Australia F5 tournament in Bundaberg. He reached the final and won it defeating Jason Kubler 7–6(9), 6–2. This was his fifth ITF title and his first in Australia.

After qualifying, Duckworth lost to Blaž Kavčič in round 1 of the 2013 French Open. At Wimbledon, Duckworth progressed through qualifying again, but lost in the first round to fellow qualifier Denis Kudla in 5 sets. In October, Duckworth made the semi finals of Melbourne Challenger, which improved his ranking to a career high of 132.

2014[edit]

Duckworth started his year at the 2014 Brisbane International after being awarded a wildcard. He was defeated in round 1 by Jarkko Nieminen[7]

On January 8, Duckworth was awarded a wild card into the 2014 Australian Open. His first round opponent was Roger Federer. He lost in straight sets.[8]

In April, Duckworth reached the final of the Cachantún Cup. This was his second Challenger final, but lost to Thiemo de Bakker. Duckworth qualified for the 2014 French Open but lost in round one to Leonardo Mayer. In June, Duckworth qualified for the 2014 Aegon Championships and made round 2, where he lost in a close three set match against the #2 seed, Tomáš Berdych, 4-6 in the third set. Duckworth qualified for 2014 Wimbledon Championships and in round 1, lead Richard Gasquet 2 sets to 1, before ultimately losing in 5.

In July, Duckworth competed in the Lexington Challenger where he defeated countrymen Jordan Thompson in round 2 and Thanasi Kokkinakis in the semi final. He defeated Brit James Ward, 6-3, 6-4 in the final. This was his first Challenger Title.

Duckworth was beaten in round 2 of qualifying at the US Open.

Singles performance timeline[edit]

Key
W  F  SF QF #R RR LQ (Q#) A P Z# PO SF-B F S G NMS NH

Won tournament; or reached Final; Semifinal; Quarter-final; Round 4, 3, 2, 1; competed at a Round Robin stage; lost in Qualification Round; absent from tournament event; played in a Davis Cup Zonal Group (with its number indication) or Play-off; won a bronze, silver (F or S) or gold medal at the Olympics; a downgraded Masters Series/1000 tournament (Not a Masters Series); or a tournament that was Not Held in a given year.

To avoid confusion and double counting, these charts are updated either at the conclusion of a tournament, or when the player's participation in the tournament has ended.

Tournament 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 W–L
Grand Slam Tournaments
Australian Open Q1 Q1 2R 2R 1R 2–3
French Open A A Q1 1R 1R 0–2
Wimbledon A A Q2 1R 1R 0–2
US Open A A Q2 1R Q2 0–1
Win–Loss 0–0 0–0 1–1 1–4 0–3 2–8
Year-End Ranking 742 275 209 136

Doubles Performance timeline[edit]

Tournament 2014 W–L
Grand Slam Tournaments
Australian Open 1R 0–1
French Open 0–0
Wimbledon 0-0
US Open 0-0
Win–loss 0-1 0-1

Mixed Doubles Performance timeline[edit]

Tournament 2014 W–L
Grand Slam Tournaments
Australian Open 1R 0–1
French Open 0–0
Wimbledon 0-0
US Open 0-0
Win–loss 0-1 0-1

Professional Career Finals[edit]

Singles: 12 (7–5)[edit]

Legend (Singles)
Grand Slam (0–0)
ATP World Tour Finals (0–0)
ATP World Tour Masters 1000 (0–0)
ATP World Tour 500 Series (0–0)
ATP World Tour 250 Series (0–0)
ATP Challenger Tour (1–2)
ITF Futures Tour (6–3)
Titles by Surface
Hard (1–2)
Clay (6–3)
Grass (0–0)
Carpet (0–0)

Challenger and Futures Finals: 7 Titles, 5 Runner-ups[edit]

Outcome No. Date Tournament Surface Opponent Score
Winner 1. 22 May 2011 Poland Kraków, Poland Clay Poland Grzegorz Panfil 6–3, 6–4
Runner-up 2. 29 May 2011 Poland Katowice, Poland Clay Poland Marcin Gawron 4–6, 2–6
Winner 3. 12 June 2011 Poland Bytom, Poland Clay Germany Peter Torebko 6–3, 3–6, 6–4
Runner-up 4. 3 July 2011 Italy Bologna, Italy Clay Italy Daniele Giorgini 6–7(4–7), 6–7(3–7)
Winner 5. 10 July 2011 Italy Sassuolo, Italy Clay Italy Thomas Fabbiano 6–1, 6–2
Winner 6. 20 August 2011 Italy Este Padova, Italy Clay Italy Daniele Giorgini 6–2, 6–3
Runner-up 7. 17 February 2013 Australia Melbourne, Australia Hard France Stéphane Robert 6–7(3–7), 3–6
Winner 8. 31 March 2013 Australia Bundaberg, Australia Clay Australia Jason Kubler 7–6(11–9), 6–2
Winner 9. 5 May 2013 Chile Santiago, Chile Clay Chile Christian Garin 6–1, 6–3
Runner-up 10. 22 July 2013 United States Kentucky Challenger, USA Hard United Kingdom James Ward 6-4, 3-6, 4-6
Runner-up 11. 20 April 2014 Chile Cachantún Challenger, Chile Clay Netherlands Thiemo de Bakker 6-4, 6-7(10–12), 1-6
Winner 12. 27 July 2014 United States Kentucky Challenger, USA Hard United Kingdom James Ward 6-3, 6-4

Doubles: 1 (1–1)[edit]

Legend (Singles)
Grand Slam (0–0)
ATP World Tour Finals (0–0)
ATP World Tour Masters 1000 (0–0)
ATP World Tour 500 Series (0–0)
ATP World Tour 250 Series (0–0)
ATP Challenger Tour (1–1)
ITF Futures Tour (0–0)
Titles by Surface
Hard (0–1)
Clay (1–0)
Grass (0–0)
Carpet (0–0)
Outcome No. Date Tournament Surface Partner Opponent in the final Score in the final
Runner-up 1. 10 February 2013 Australia Adelaide, Australia Hard Australia Greg Jones Australia Samuel Groth
Australia Matt Reid
2–6, 4–6
Winner 2. 14 April 2013 Brazil Itajaí, Brazil Clay France Pierre-Hugues Herbert Brazil Guilherme Clezar
Brazil Fabricio Neis
7–5, 6–2

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