Tim Smyczek

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Tim Smyczek
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Country (sports)Flag of the United States.svg United States
Residence Dallas, Texas, U.S.
Born (1987-12-30) December 30, 1987 (age 35)
Milwaukee, Wisconsin, U.S.
Height5 ft 9 in (1.75 m)
Turned pro2006
Retired2019
PlaysRight-handed (two-handed backhand)
Prize money $2,067,979
Singles
Career record43–85 (33.6%)
Career titles0
Highest rankingNo. 68 (April 6, 2015)
Grand Slam singles results
Australian Open 2R (2013, 2015, 2016, 2018)
French Open 1R (2011, 2015)
Wimbledon 1R (2015)
US Open 3R (2013)
Doubles
Career record8–11 (42.1%)
Career titles0
Highest rankingNo. 160 (24 February 2014)
Grand Slam doubles results
Wimbledon 1R (2013, 2015)
US Open 3R (2014)

Timothy Smyczek ( /ˈsmɛk/ SMEE-chek; Polish pronunciation: [ˈsmɨtʂɛk] ; born December 30, 1987) is an American former professional tennis player. [1] He made three quarterfinals on the main tour as well as the semi-finals of Newport in 2018. Additionally he won seven Challenger titles. He achieved a career-high singles ranking of World No. 68 in April 2015. Smyczek recorded wins over several notable players in his career including Kei Nishikori, John Isner, Ivo Karlović, Sam Querrey, Robby Ginepri, Gilles Müller, and Benjamin Becker. [2]

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Personal life

Smyczek plays the violin and wants to be a lawyer when his tennis career is over. He is good friends with Mardy Fish. He is also a Roman Catholic and a cooperator of Opus Dei. [3] On November 21, 2015, Smyczek married Ana Pier. [4]

Tennis career

Juniors

As a junior, Smyczek reached as high as No. 14 in the world combined rankings in January 2005.

Pro tour

Smyczek reached the quarterfinals of the SAP Open in 2011, beating Kei Nishikori en route, but lost to Gaël Monfils. He qualified again in 2012, but lost to Mardy Fish in the first round.

In April 2012, he won his first Challenger title, defeating Frank Dancevic in the Tallahassee final, Dancevic retiring after losing the first set 5–7.

For the 2013 Australian Open, Smyczek earned entry as the last entry in the field and lucky loser, the highest-ranked player (ATP ranking of no. 128) who lost in the finals of qualifying. After beating Ivo Karlović in the first round, he lost to world no. 4 David Ferrer in the second round in four sets.

Tim lost the first round of the 2013 French Open qualifying. He fared better at Wimbledon; he made it to the third round of qualifying for the first time, losing to Matt Reid in four sets. Tim reached the doubles final of the 2013 Hall of Fame Tennis Championships with Rhyne Williams as his partner. In the final the American duo fell to Nicolas Mahut and his partner and fellow Frenchmen Edouard Roger-Vasselin. Tim made it to the third round of the Citi Open. He qualified for the Rogers Cup and made it to the second round.

At the 2015 Australian Open, Smyczek entered the main draw as a qualifier, and lost in a four-hour match that ended 7–5 in the fifth set against World No. 3 Rafael Nadal in the second round. In the final game of the match, he graciously allowed Nadal to repeat a crucial first serve when Nadal’s serve landed out, possibly due to a disturbance by a member of the crowd. Smyczek (not the chair umpire) initiated the decision for Nadal to repeat the first serve. Smyczek’s sportsmanship resulted in praise from Nadal and the crowd after the match. [5] He would go on to achieve his career high rank of 68 in April.

In 2016 Smyczek made the quarterfinals in Houston and Delray Beach. [6]

In 2018 Smyczek attained his best main tour result by reaching the semi-finals of Newport. [7]

In 2019 Smyczek announced his plans to retire after the U.S. Open but was not granted a wild card. His last match was at the Citi Open. [8] [9]

ATP career finals

Doubles: 1 (1 runner-up)

Legend
Grand Slam Tournaments (0–0)
ATP World Tour Finals (0–0)
ATP World Tour Masters 1000 (0–0)
ATP World Tour 500 Series (0–0)
ATP World Tour 250 Series (0–1)
Titles by surface
Hard (0–0)
Clay (0–0)
Grass (0–1)
Carpet (0–0)
ResultW–LDateTournamentTierSurfacePartnerOpponentsScore
Loss0–1 Jul 2013 Campbell's Hall of Fame Tennis Championships, United States250 SeriesGrass Flag of the United States.svg Rhyne Williams Flag of France.svg Nicolas Mahut
Flag of France.svg Édouard Roger-Vasselin
7–6(7–4), 2–6, [5–10]

Challenger tournament finals

Singles (7–6)

OutcomeW–LDateTournamentSurfaceOpponentScore
Runner-up0–1June 29, 2009 Winnetka, USHard Flag of the United States.svg Alex Kuznetsov 4–6, 6–7(1–7)
Runner-up0–2March 22, 2010 Rimouski, CanadaHard Flag of South Africa.svg Rik de Voest 0–6, 5–7
Runner-up0–3July 3, 2010 Winnetka, USHard Flag of Argentina.svg Brian Dabul 1–6, 6–1, 1–6
Winner1–3April 2, 2012 Tallahassee, USHard Flag of Canada (Pantone).svg Frank Dancevic 7–5 RET
Winner2–3November 17, 2012 Champaign, USHard(i) Flag of the United States.svg Jack Sock 2–6, 7–6(7–1), 7–5
Runner-up2–4September 30, 2013 Sacramento, USHard Flag of the United States.svg Donald Young 5–7, 3–6
Winner3–4November 10, 2013 Knoxville, USHard Flag of Canada (Pantone).svg Peter Polansky 6–4, 6–2
Runner-up3–5September 28, 2014 Napa, USHard Flag of the United States.svg Sam Querrey 3–6, 1–6
Winner4–5February 7, 2015 Dallas, USHard(i) Flag of the United States.svg Rajeev Ram 6–2, 4–1 RET
Runner-up4–6March 22, 2015 Irving, USHard Flag of Slovenia.svg Aljaž Bedene 6–7(3–7), 6–3, 3–6
Winner5–6October 4, 2015 Tiburon, USHard Flag of the United States.svg Denis Kudla 1–6, 6–1, 7–6(9–7)
Winner6–6November 5, 2017 Charlottesville, USHard Flag of the United States.svg Tennys Sandgren 6–7(5–7), 6–3, 6–2
Winner7–6November 19, 2017 Champaign, USHard Flag of the United States.svg Bjorn Fratangelo 6–2, 6–4

Doubles (0–1)Flag placeholder.svg

OutcomeW–LDateTournamentSurfacePartnerOpponentsScore
Runner-up0–1April 28, 2013 Savannah, USClay Flag of the United States.svg Michael Russell Flag of Russia.svg Teymuraz Gabashvili
Flag of Ukraine.svg Denys Molchanov
2–6, 5–7

Singles performance timeline

Key
W F SFQF#RRRQ#DNQANH
(W) winner; (F) finalist; (SF) semifinalist; (QF) quarterfinalist; (#R) rounds 4, 3, 2, 1; (RR) round-robin stage; (Q#) qualification round; (DNQ) did not qualify; (A) absent; (NH) not held; (SR) strike rate (events won / competed); (W–L) win–loss record.
Tournament 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016 2017 2018 2019 SRW–LWin %
Grand Slam tournaments
Australian Open AAAAA Q2 Q3 2R 1R 2R 2R Q3 2R Q3 0 / 44–544%
French Open AAAAA 1R Q1 Q1 Q3 1R Q1 Q2 Q1 Q1 0 / 20–20%
Wimbledon AAAA Q1 A Q2 Q3 Q3 1R Q2 Q2 A Q2 0 / 10–10%
US Open AA Q1 Q2 1R Q1 2R 3R 2R 1R Q2 1R 1R A0 / 74–736%
Win–loss0–00–00–00–00–10–11–13–21–21–41–10–11–20–00 / 158–1535%
ATP Tour Masters 1000
Indian Wells Masters AAAA 1R 2R 1R 1R 2R 2R 1R Q1 2R A0 / 84–833%
Miami Open AAAAA Q2 Q1 1R Q1 2R 3R 1R Q1 A0 / 43–443%
Canadian Open AAAA Q2 AA Q1 2R Q1 1R 1R Q1 A0 / 31–333%
Cincinnati Masters AAAA Q2 Q1 A Q2 Q2 Q1 Q1 Q1 Q2 A0 / 00–0
Shanghai Masters AAAAAAAAAAAA Q1 A0 / 00–0
Win–loss0–00–00–00–00–11–10–10–22–22–22–30–21–10–00 / 158–1535%
Career statistics
Tournaments0010466111213107123Career total: 85
Overall win–loss0–00–00–10–01–43–63–68–117–125–138–101–76–121–30 / 8543–8534%
Year-end ranking58171434928017127312889115109140130164355

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