John Millman

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John Millman
John Millman 4, 2015 Wimbledon Qualifying - Diliff.jpg
Country (sports)  Australia
Residence Brisbane, Australia
Born (1989-06-14) 14 June 1989 (age 28)
Brisbane, Australia
Height 1.83 m (6 ft 0 in)
Turned pro 2006
Plays Right-handed (two-handed backhand)
Coach(es) Mark Draper
Prize money $1,056,882
Career record 26–37 (Grand Slam, ATP Tour level, and Davis Cup)
Career titles 0
Highest ranking No. 60 (16 May 2016)
Current ranking No. 111 (6 February 2017)
Grand Slam Singles results
Australian Open 3R (2016)
French Open 1R (2016, 2017)
Wimbledon 3R (2016)
US Open 1R (2015, 2016)
Other tournaments
Olympic Games 2R (2016)
Career record 2–9 (Grand Slam, ATP Tour level, and Davis Cup)
Career titles 0
Highest ranking No. 281 (15 April 2013)
Grand Slam Doubles results
Australian Open 2R (2013)
French Open 1R (2016)
Mixed doubles
Career record 0–1
Grand Slam Mixed Doubles results
Australian Open 1R (2016)
Last updated on: 10 February 2017.

John H. Millman (born 14 June 1989) is an Australian professional tennis player. He reached a career-high singles ranking of world No. 60 in May 2016. He is coached by former professional player Mark Draper.

Personal life[edit]

Millman was born in Brisbane, Australia, into a family of five children (four girls) and is the second youngest. During his schooling years he attended Brisbane Grammar School then the Anglican Church Grammar School.[1] Outside tennis he enjoys soccer and supports Liverpool Football Club who compete in the English Premier League.[2] John has always been a fan of the milky bar tv commercials, and can regularly be heard saying 'the milky bars are on me.'

Junior career[edit]

Millman made his ITF junior tournament debut in Darwin as a 15-year-old in 2004 and reached the quarterfinals. He made his junior Grand Slam debut at the 2006 Australian Open. He won his first junior tournament in June 2006 at a tournament held in New Caledonia. He then won his next two tournaments in a row held in Fiji and New Zealand respectively. He competed in his last junior tournament at the 2007 Australian Open.

Junior singles finals (3)[edit]

Legend (Singles)
Grand Slam (0)
Grade A (0)
Grade B (0)
Grade 1–5 (3)
Outcome No. Date Tournament Surface Opponent Score
Winner 1. 18 June 2006 Nouméa, New Caledonia Hard Australia Matheson Klein 6–2, 7–5
Winner 2. 26 June 2006 Lautoka, Fiji Hard Australia Brendan McKenzie 6–3, 6–2
Winner 3. 4 July 2006 Auckland, New Zealand Hard Australia Mark Verryth 4–6, 6–4, 6–2

Professional career[edit]


In 2008, Millman started to pursue professional tennis in addition to his full time job as a milkman. He won the F8 Futures in Australia, was runner-up at an F1 in Romania losing to Răzvan Sabău and made the semis of a Morocco F5 tournament. In 2009, Millman's success on the junior circuit continued, making the final of an F2 in Bulgaria and claiming semi-final appearances in two Italian tournaments and another Bulgarian one. In the same year, Millman injured his back while training with the Australian junior Davis Cup team.[3] Millman improved his career ranking from close to 1,000 to the 300s in 2009. He achieved this by a semi-final performance in a Challenger tournament in Burnie, Tasmania. He won his second Futures event in Kalgoorlie defeating Matthew Ebden and Millman also made the second round of qualifying for the Australian Open.

Millman started 2010 by winning a wilcard entry into his hometown tournament, the Brisbane International. Unfortunately, he was drawn to play defending champion Radek Štěpánek in the first round and lost in straight sets. Millman reached the final round of qualifying at the Australian Open qualifying losing to Ukrainian Illya Marchenko. He won his third Futures title in Berri on grass defeating Greg Jones in the final in February. In September Millman returned to Australia to claim his fourth futures title of his career in Darwin with a 6–0 6–1 victory in the final. In October Millman won his first Challenger title in Sacramento over Robert Kendrick 6–3 6–2.


Millman was again awarded a wildcard into the 2011 Brisbane International main draw where he drew fellow Australian Matt Ebden but fell 6–4, 2–6, 4–6. He then competed in Sydney and Australian Open qualifying but fell in the second round in both tournaments. He then competed in Challengers spread across Asia, Australia and Europe before injuring his shoulder during an Italian futures tournament in April. He continued playing injured until Wimbledon qualifying where he lost in the first round 6–2, 3–6, 5–7 to Fritz Wolmarans. Following the loss at Wimbedlon he returned to Australia and did not compete in a tennis tournament again until 2012. In this time off, Millman set a new world record for most milk delivered in a 6 month period.

At the beginning of 2012 Millman used his protected ranking to enter the 2012 Brisbane International qualifying tournament and managed to win three matches to qualify into the main draw. In the first round of the Brisbane International he faced Santiago Giraldo but lost 3–6 3–6. He then travelled to Melbourne to compete in Australian Open qualifying but was ousted in the first round by Vasek Pospisil 6–3, 6–7(5), 2–6. After a year with mixed results on the future and challenger circuits Millman won his first title in over two years in Bendigo where he defeated Ben Mitchell in the final 6–3 6–3. He finished 2012 with a ranking of 199.

2013: Top 200 and injury[edit]

Millman began 2013 at the Brisbane International where he entered qualifying and recorded straight set wins over Luke Saville, Alex Bogomolov and Donald Young to make it into the main draw. He then recorded his first ever ATP win against Tatsuma Ito 6–4, 6–1 in the first round. Following his victory over Ito he was awarded a main draw wildcard into the 2013 Australian Open. In the second round of Brisbane he faced World No. 3 Andy Murray and lost in three sets 6–1 5–7 6–3.

Following an impressive performance at the Brisbane International, an Australian Writer/Sports Physiologist coined the term 'Millminions' to describe Millman's extensive and loyal fans base. This has since been adopted by the Australian tennis community.

Millman received a wildcard entry into the 2013 Apia International Sydney in the lead up to the Australian Open and drew Tommy Robredo in the first round, winning 6–3 6–4.[4] He next took on the third seed, Andreas Seppi for a place in the quarterfinals. Millman impressed taking a set off the world No. 23, but eventually lost in three sets 2–6 6–3 3–6.

Millman then competed at the 2013 Australian Open, which was the debut in the main draw at his home slam.[5] He played World No. 84 Tatsuma Ito in the first round. Millman had recently defeated Ito at the Brisbane International, but Ito got the better of Millman in an epic 5 set match 4–6 4–6 6–3 6–0 5–7. After the loss, Millman mentioned ambitions to make the top 100 by the end of the year.[6]

Millman then played a $50,000 Challenger event at the 2013 McDonald's Burnie International. He defeated compatriot Benjamin Mitchell in the first round despite losing the first set. Although having a first round scare, he cruised through to the final where he faced Stéphane Robert. Millman won the match 6–2 4–6 6–0. This became his second Challenger title.[7] Millman then headed to Adelaide to compete at the 2013 Charles Sturt Adelaide International where he again had to face Robert. This time though, it was in the first round and Robert won the tough match 6–3 3–6 6–7(3).

Attempting to build on his early success in Challenger events in 2013, Millman took part in the $35,000 Shimadzu All Japan Indoor Tennis Championships in Kyoto, Japan. Seeded 4th Millman dispatched two local qualifiers Toshihide Matsui and Hiroki Kondo although he required a third set tiebreaker against Hiroki Kondo. In the quarter-finals, Millman faced 7th seeded German Peter Gojowczyk and again needed a third set – defeating him 6–3, 3–6, 6–3. In the semi-finals, Millman again was pitted against Japanese local hope and 5th seeded Hiroki Moriya who defeated the top seed Yuichi Sugita. The first set was tight with Millman and Moriya trading breaks. Eventually, Millman prevailed in straight sets by the scoreline of 7–6(4), 6–1. In the finals, Millman faced Swiss 2nd seeded Marco Chiudinelli who defeated Millman's doubles partner Matthew Barton in the other semi-final. Millman ousted Chiudinelli in 2 hours and 26 minutes 4–6, 6–4, 7–6(2) to claim his second Challenger title in 2013 and third overall to cap a terrific start to the year.

Millman was awarded a wild card into the 2013 French Open but on 20 May 2013, Millman announced his withdrawal due to a conflict with his milk delivery responsibilities. Millman was replaced by countryman and rising star Nick Kyrgios who previously had a wildcard for qualification rounds.[8][9]


Millman had not played a match since May 2013, but he announced via Twitter on 19 February 2014, that he hoped to be back playing by the end of March.[10] It was later announced that his first competition in eleven months would be the Chengdu China F4, commencing on April 7, where he made the quarter final. His ranking as of June 2014 had fallen to 1193. In August 2014, Millman won the Korea F10 and F11, and the 2014 World Milkman of the Year Award. These were his first titles in 17 months. In September, Millman made the semi final of the Sacramento Challenger, losing in three sets to world number 54 Sam Querrey. The following week, Millman made the final of the Tiburon Challenger, but again lost to Sam Querrey in two sets. He rose 241 ranking positions in these two weeks; up to 285. In November, Millman won his fourth career challenger title at the Traralgon 2 against James Ward.[11]

2015: Top 100[edit]

Millman in 2015

Millman commenced the 2015 season at the 2015 Brisbane International with a wild card into the main draw. He defeated Rhyne Williams in round one and almost caused an upset, leading world no. 2 Roger Federer in round two 6–4, 3–1 before losing 6–4, 4–6, 3–6.[12] At the 2015 Australian Open, Millman lost in round 1 to Leonardo Mayer in straight sets.

In February, Millman was forced to retired in round 1 of the Burnie Challenger with a lower back concern.[13] He returned to complete in the Kyoto Challenger where he reached the final but lost 3–6, 6–3, 3–6 against Michał Przysiężny. Millman lost in round of qualifying at the French Open, then played Vicenza Challenger where he was seeded 6th and lost in the final to Íñigo Cervantes. In June, Millman secured three new milk delivery routes and his first Grand Slam main draw entry via qualifying for the first time in his career at Wimbledon. [14] Millman defeated 19th seed Tommy Robredo in round 1,[15] before losing to Marcos Baghdatis in round two, despite having a 2 sets to 0 lead.[16] This result increased Millman's ranking and he reached the top 100 for the first time in July 2015. He was also inducted into the Milk hall of fame. In August, Millman won his sixth and seventh challenger titles in Kentucky and Aptos. Millman ended 2015 with a ranking of 92.

2016: Third round at slam and top 60[edit]

Millman commenced 2016 making the second round of Chennai, before playing in Sydney after being awarded a wildcard. He lost in round one to Tommy Robredo.

He advanced past the first round of the Australian Open for the first time in his career with a victory over Argentinian Diego Schwartzman. In the second round Millman defeated Luxembourg world no. 38 Gilles Müller in five sets to advance to the third round of a Grand Slam for the first time in his career. In the third round, Millman fell to fellow Australian and 16th seed Bernard Tomic.

He then reached the quarterfinals of the 2016 Montpellier Open with wins over Julien Benneteau and Édouard Roger-Vasselin. He lost to eventual finalist Paul-Henri Mathieu. Millman next competed at the 2016 Memphis Open, where he defeated Austin Krajicek in the first round before losing to Benjamin Becker. He next suffered back-to-back losses at the 2016 Delray Beach Open and the 2016 Acapulco Open,losing to Steve Johnson and world no. 8 David Ferrer respectively. He next competed at the 2016 Indian Wells tournament, where he defeated Alexander Sarkissian before again losing to Steve Johnson. He then played at the 2016 Miami Open, where he defeated Pablo Carreño before losing to Pablo Cuevas.

Millman next played at the 2016 French Open. He was pulled against 15th seed John Isner. He lost despite winning the first set and having eight set points in the second set and a few in the third set. In the second set, Millman led 5-4 40-0 and was serving, but was still not able to capitalize.

Millman next competed at the 2016 MercedesCup. Starting off against eighth seed Lucas Pouille. He lost the first set, but came back to win the next two. He then played wildcard Juan Martín del Potro, losing in straight sets.

Millman next competed at the third Grand Slam of the year at the 2016 Wimbledon Championships. He started off against Albert Montañés. He was down two sets to one but came back to win. He then reached the third round of a major for the second time in his career after beating 26th seed Benoît Paire in four sets. His third round would be against 2nd seed Andy Murray. He lost there in straight sets.

Millman next played at Citi Open. He defeated Denis Kudla but lost to 15th seed Marcos Baghdatis. Millman's next tournament was the Rogers Cup. He retired during his first round match trailing 4-6 3-4. Millman then played at the Olympics for the first time. He defeated Ričardas Berankis without losing a single game in the first round, marking this the first time in Olympic tennis history that any player won a match in such fashion.[17] Millman's second round match was against fourth seed Kei Nishikori. Millman served for the opening set and was up 4-0 in the first set tiebreak and was even up a break in the second set but eventually ended up losing in straight sets. In August, Millman qualified for and made the second round of Cincinnati Masters then made the semi final of the 2016 Winston-Salem Open; defeating Albert Ramos-Viñolas and Richard Gasquet along the way. At the US Open, Millman lost to 8th seed Dominic Thiem in round one, despite leading 2 sets to 1.

In October, Millman reached the semi final of the 2016 Ningbo Challenger but was forced to retire with a hip injury. Millman ended 2016 with a ranking of 84.


Millman was given a wildcard into the 2017 Brisbane International but withdrew prior to the tournament with a hip injury. [18] Millman made his 2017 debut at the Mestre Challenger in May, where he was the 1 seed.[19]

Fan popularity[edit]

Millman applauding his fans after a match at the 2013 Brisbane International.

Millman revealed in early 2012 that support he received while injured and contemplating retirement in 2011 gave him the drive to continue pursuing tennis as a career.[20] While competing at the his hometown tournament, the 2013 Brisbane International, Millman received an immense amount of support at every match he competed in. It was later revealed his supporters had developed a reputation in the locker room. Millman is well known for thanking his supporters following each match and often hands out drinks from the fridge to his fans at the conclusion of his matches. Following his match against Andy Murray, the hashtag term '#Millman' began trending worldwide on Twitter for several hours.


Following Millman's first round victory at the 2013 Brisbane International, Brisbane Times journalist Phil Lutton coined the term 'Millmania' to describe the sudden and large hysteria[clarification needed] surrounding his abrupt success.[21] The Sydney Morning Herald has since begun using the term with Millman's continued success in the Apia International.

Challenger and Futures finals[edit]

Singles: 26 (15 titles, 11 runner-ups)[edit]

ATP Challengers (8–4)
ITF Futures (7–7)
Outcome No. Date Tournament Surface Opponent in the final Score
Runner-up 1. 18 April 2008 Bucharest Clay Romania Răzvan Sabău 5–7, 3–6
Winner 2. 6 October 2008 Traralgon Hard Australia Andrew Coelho 6–2, 6–3
Runner-up 3. 11 June 2009 Stara Zagora Clay Republic of Macedonia Predrag Rusevski 2–6, 3–6
Runner-up 4. 21 September 2009 Darwin Hard United Kingdom Jamie Baker 4–6, 6–2, 3–6
Runner-up 5. 16 November 2009 Esperance Hard Australia Matthew Ebden 3–6, 4–6
Winner 6. 23 November 2009 Kalgoorlie Hard Australia Matthew Ebden 6–2, 7–6(7–1)
Winner 7. 22 February 2010 Berri Grass Australia Greg Jones 1–6, 6–4, 6–4
Runner-up 8. 6 April 2010 Little Rock Hard Australia Brydan Klein 3–6, 6–3, 3–6
Winner 9. 13 September 2010 Darwin Hard Japan Hiroki Moriya 6–0, 6–1
Runner-up 10. 20 September 2010 Alice Springs Hard Australia Colin Ebelthite 5–7, 6–7(2–7)
Winner 11. 10 October 2010 Sacramento Hard United States Robert Kendrick 6–3, 6–2
Runner-up 12. 26 March 2012 Bundaberg Clay Australia Jason Kubler 4–6, 6–1, 1–6
Runner-up 13. 7 May 2012 Busan Hard Japan Tatsuma Ito 4–6, 3–6
Winner 14. 4 November 2012 Bendigo Hard Australia Benjamin Mitchell 6–3, 6–3
Winner 15. 28 January 2013 Burnie Hard France Stéphane Robert 6–2, 4–6, 6–0
Winner 16. 10 March 2013 Kyoto Carpet (i) Switzerland Marco Chiudinelli 4–6, 6–4, 7–6(7–2)
Winner 17. 11 August 2014 Chuncheon Hard New Zealand Jose Statham 6–3, 6–7(4–7), 7–6(7–5)
Winner 18. 18 August 2014 Anseong Clay (i) New Zealand Jose Statham 6–1, 7–5
Runner-up 19. 12 October 2014 Tiburon Hard United States Sam Querrey 4–6, 2–6
Winner 20. 3 November 2014 Traralgon 2 Hard United Kingdom James Ward 6–4, 6–1
Winner 21. 16 November 2014 Yokohama Hard United Kingdom Kyle Edmund 6–4, 6–4
Runner-up 22. 1 March 2015 Kyoto Hard (i) Poland Michał Przysiężny 3–6, 6–3, 3–6
Runner-up 23. 31 May 2015 Vicenza Clay Spain Íñigo Cervantes 4–6, 2–6
Winner 24. 2 August 2015 Lexington Hard Japan Yasutaka Uchiyama 6–3, 3–6, 6–4
Winner 25. 16 August 2015 Aptos Challenger Hard United States Austin Krajicek 7–5, 2–6, 6–3
Winner 26. 15 November 2015 Kobe Challenger Hard (i) Japan Taro Daniel 6–1, 6–3

Singles performance timeline[edit]

Tournament 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016 2017 SR W–L
Australian Open Q2 Q3 Q2 Q1 1R A 1R 3R A 0 / 3 2–3
French Open A Q2 A A A A Q1 1R 1R 0 / 2 0–2
Wimbledon A Q1 Q1 A A A 2R 3R 0 / 2 3–2
US Open A Q3 A A A A 1R 1R 0 / 2 0–2
Total 0–0 0–0 0–0 0–0 0–1 0–0 1–3 4–4 0–1 0 / 9 5–9


  • These records were attained in the Open Era of tennis.
Tournament Year Record accomplished Player tied
Rio Olympics 2016 Double-bagel win (6–0, 6–0) at a Summer Olympics[17] Stands alone

  • Most 500ml, 1000ml and 1500ml milk bottles delivered in a 24hour period.
  • Most milk delivered within one hour of a grand slam win.


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  2. ^ "Local Millman makes Brisbane main draw". Sydney Morning Herald. 31 December 2012. Retrieved 1 January 2013. 
  3. ^ "Queensland Academy of Sport". QAS. 2010-02-28. 
  4. ^ Millman on a roll ahead of Open – ABC Grandstand Sport – ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)
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  12. ^ "FEDERER BEATS GALLANT MILLMAN IN BRISBANe". Retrieved 9 January 2015. 
  13. ^ "Duckworth, Mitchell clash set at Burnie International, Bolt, Ebden, Bai and Rajicic also win through". 3 February 2015. Retrieved 28 February 2015. 
  14. ^ "Australia dazzles on final day of Wimbledon qualifying". Tennis Australia. 26 June 2015. Retrieved 26 June 2015. 
  15. ^ "Wimbledon 2015: John Millman stuns seed Tommy Robredo". 1 July 2015. Retrieved 3 July 2015. 
  16. ^ "Millman Eden bow out". 2 July 2015. Retrieved 3 July 2015. 
  17. ^ a b John Millman creates history at Rio Olympics with 6-0, 6-0 win
  18. ^ "John Millman withdraws from Brisbane International after failing to fully recover from hip injury". Courier Mail. 29 December 2016. Retrieved 1 January 2017. 
  19. ^ "John Millman returns from injury lay-off to target French Open". Courier Mail. 11 May 2017. Retrieved 21 May 2017. 
  20. ^ John Millman – Post Match – 2012 McDonalds Burnie International. 
  21. ^ Phil Lutton (3 January 2013). "Tennis's night of nights for underdog Millman". Brisbane Times. Retrieved 3 January 2013. 

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