John Peers

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Not to be confused with John Piers.
John Peers
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John Peers playing at Roland Garros 2013
Country  Australia
Residence Melbourne, Australia[1]
Born (1988-07-25) 25 July 1988 (age 25)
Melbourne, Australia
Height 1.88 m (6 ft 2 in)
Turned pro 2011
Plays Right-handed (two-handed backhand)
College Middle Tennessee Blue Raiders/Baylor Bears
Prize money $345,660
Singles
Career record 0–0 (in ATP Tour and Grand Slam main draws, and in Davis Cup)
Career titles 0
Highest ranking No. 456 (11 June 2012)
Current ranking No. 1215 (10 February 2014)
Doubles
Career record 55–36 (in ATP Tour and Grand Slam main draws, and in Davis Cup)
Career titles 4
Highest ranking No. 27 (13 January 2014)
Current ranking No. 33 (9 June 2014)
Grand Slam Doubles results
Australian Open 2R (2013, 2014)
French Open 3R (2014)
Wimbledon 3R (2014)
US Open QF (2013)
Last updated on: 15 June 2014.

John Peers (born 25 July 1988) is an Australian professional tennis player who competed mainly on the ATP Challenger Tour both in singles and doubles until 2013 when he began to focus solely on doubles and began competing on the ATP World Tour.

Peers reached his career-high of World No. 28 in doubles in October 2013. His highest ATP singles ranking is World No. 456 in June 2012.[2]

John Peers went to Mentone Grammar and led the 1STS team to two premierships. His first when he was in Year 7 in 2001 and his second when he was in Year 12 in 2006

Professional career[edit]

2013[edit]

Peers began the 2013 season playing with fellow Australian John-Patrick Smith, receiving a wildcard into the Australian Open. It was here that Peers gained his first ever Grand Slam victory, upsetting Polish duo of Mariusz Fyrstenberg and Marcin Matkowski in their opening match; in the second round they fell to Sergiy Stakhovsky and Mikhail Youzhny in straight sets. In February, Peers teamed up with established doubles specialist Jamie Murray, a partnership that immediately looked to be a successful one, as the pair reached the semifinals of their first tournament together at the Open Sud de France. A couple of months later, Peers and Murray won their first title together, defeating 13-time Grand Slam champions and world number 1 pair Bob and Mike Bryan in the final of the U.S. Men's Clay Court Championships after coming back from a set down.[3]

The pair played their first Grand Slam tournament together at the French Open, however despite taking out the 15th seeded team of Knowle and Polášek in the first round, they ultimately fell in their next match against Colombian duo of Juan Sebastian Cabal and Robert Farah Maksoud. This however allowed them to compete at the Aegon Trophy, a Challenger event which they ultimately won. Peers and Murray then went on to have a fairly successful grass court season, reaching the quarterfinals of the Aegon Championships, and the semifinals of the Aegon Championships. They headed to Wimbledon in a confident mindset, however went out in the first round to James Blake and Jurgen Melzer in a 5 set thriller that ended 14-12 in an 87 minute final set. Their early loss did not dishearten them however, and the pair went on to win their second title of the year a few weeks later, at the Crédit Agricole Suisse Open Gstaad.

At the US Open, the pair had their most successful run at a Grand Slam tournament, making it all the way to the quarterfinals, defeating 9th seeds David Marrero and Fernando Verdasco on the way. In the end the pair went out to eventual finalists Alexander Peya and Bruno Soares in three sets. Next up for the pair was the Asian swing of tournaments, where the pair had their best run of results to date, making two finals in a row and competing in their first Masters 1000 tournament as a pair. At the PTT Thailand Open, the pair were seeded third, and went on to win their third title of the year. Peers and Murray defeated multiple Grand Slam champion and former world number 1 Leander Paes on their way to the final, where they defeated Tomasz Bednarek and Johan Brunström in three sets. The following week, Peers and Murray reached their second final in a row, Peers' first ever ATP 500 final at the Rakuten Japan Open. Despite a close first set, the pair lost to established doubles pairing of Rohan Bopanna and Edouard Roger-Vasselin in straight sets.

Peers competed in his first ever Masters 1000 tournament at the Shanghai Masters, where he and Murray defeated established doubles champions Julien Benneteau, Nenad Zimonjić and Robert Lindstedt on their way to the semifinals, where they lost in straight sets to Spanish duo of Marrero and Verdasco, in a closely fought contest that ended up being decided by two tiebreakers.

ATP career finals[edit]

Doubles: 6 (4 titles, 2 runners-up)[edit]

Legend
Grand Slam tournaments (0–0)
ATP World Tour Finals (0–0)
ATP World Tour Masters 1000 (0–0)
ATP World Tour 500 Series (0–1)
ATP World Tour 250 Series (4–1)
Finals by Surface
Hard (1–1)
Clay (3–0)
Grass (0–1)
Carpet (0–0)
Outcome No. Date Tournament Surface Partner Opponents Score
Winner 1. 13 April 2013 US Men's Clay Court Championships, Houston, United States Clay United Kingdom Jamie Murray United States Bob Bryan
United States Mike Bryan
1–6, 7–6(7–3), [12–10]
Winner 2. 28 July 2013 Crédit Agricole Suisse Open Gstaad, Gstaad, Switzerland Clay United Kingdom Jamie Murray Spain Pablo Andújar
Spain Guillermo García-López
6–3, 6–4
Winner 3. 29 September 2013 PTT Thailand Open, Bangkok, Thailand Hard (i) United Kingdom Jamie Murray Poland Tomasz Bednarek
Sweden Johan Brunström
6–3, 3–6, [10–6]
Runner-up 1. 6 October 2013 Rakuten Japan Open Tennis Championships, Tokyo, Japan Hard United Kingdom Jamie Murray India Rohan Bopanna
France Édouard Roger-Vasselin
6–7(5–7), 4–6
Winner 4. 4 May 2014 BMW Open, Munich, Germany Clay United Kingdom Jamie Murray United Kingdom Colin Fleming
United Kingdom Ross Hutchins
6–4, 6–2
Runner-up 2. 15 June 2014 Aegon Championships, London, United Kingdom Grass United Kingdom Jamie Murray Austria Alexander Peya
Brazil Bruno Soares
6–4, 6–7(4–7), [4–10]

Challenger finals[edit]

Doubles (12)[edit]

Legend
ATP Challengers (12)
Finals by Surface
Hard (7–3)
Clay (0–1)
Grass (1–0)
Carpet (0–0)
Outcome No. Date Tournament Surface Partnering Opponents Score
Winner 1. 4 February 2012 Burnie, Australia Hard Australia John-Patrick Smith India Divij Sharan
India Vishnu Vardhan
6–2, 6–4
Winner 2. 11 February 2012 Caloundra, Australia Hard Australia John-Patrick Smith United States John Paul Fruttero
South Africa Raven Klaasen
7–6(7–5), 6–4
Winner 3. 15 April 2012 León, Mexico Hard Australia John-Patrick Smith Mexico César Ramírez
Mexico Bruno Rodríguez
6–3, 6–3
Runner-up 1. 9 June 2012 Prostějov, Czech Republic Clay Australia Colin Ebelthite Chinese Taipei Hsieh Cheng-peng
Chinese Taipei Lee Hsin-han
5–7, 5–7
Runner-up 2. 7 July 2012 Winnetka, US Hard Australia John-Patrick Smith United States Devin Britton
United States Jeff Dadamo
6–1, 2–6, [6–10]
Winner 4. 29 July 2012 Lexington, US Hard Australia Austin Krajicek United States Tennys Sandgren
United States Rhyne Williams
6–1, 7–6 (7–4)
Runner-up 3. 5 August 2012 Vancouver, Canada Hard Australia John-Patrick Smith Belgium Maxime Authom
Belgium Ruben Bemelmans
4–6, 2–6
Winner 5. 12 August 2012 Aptos, US Hard South Africa Rik de Voest Australia Chris Guccione
Germany Frank Moser
6–7 (5–7), 6–1, [10–4]
Runner-up 4. 15 September 2012 Istanbul, Turkey Hard Spain Adrián Menéndez Slovakia Karol Beck
Czech Republic Lukáš Dlouhý
6–3, 2–6, [6–10]
Winner 6. 6 October 2012 Belém, Brazil Hard Australia John-Patrick Smith United States Nicholas Monroe
Germany Simon Stadler
6–3, 6–2
Winner 7. 4 November 2012 Charlottesville, US Hard Australia John-Patrick Smith United States Jarmere Jenkins
United States Jack Sock
7–5, 6–1
Winner 8. 9 June 2013 Nottingham, Great Britain Grass United Kingdom Jamie Murray United Kingdom Ken Skupski
United Kingdom Neal Skupski
6-2, 6-7(3–7), [10-6]

Doubles performance timeline[edit]

Tournament 2012 2013 2014 SR W–L
Grand Slam Tournaments
Australia Australian Open A 2R 2R 0 / 2 2–2
France French Open A 2R 3R 0 / 2 3–2
United Kingdom Wimbledon 1R 1R 3R 0 / 2 0–2
United States US Open A QF 0 / 1 3–1
Win–Loss 0–1 5–4 3–2 0 / 7 8–7

Amateur tennis[edit]

Peers played varsity tennis for the Middle Tennessee State University Blue Raiders before transferring school to play for Baylor University Bears.[1] While representing the Blue Raiders John earned all-conference honours from the Sun Belt in 2009 and 2010 in singles and doubles. Peers also received the Sun Belt Conference MVP in 2009. During his time at Baylor University John was named All-Big 12 in both singles and doubles and received ITA All-American honours in doubles. Paired with Roberto Maytin they finished the season ranked No. 5 in the National doubles ITA rankings Peers also earned ITA Texas Region Arthur Ashe Sportsmanship Award.

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