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Matt Smith (Tennis)

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Matt Smith (born 21st August 1984) is a tennis coach and former professional tennis player from Birkenhead, England.

Career[edit | edit source]

As a junior, Matt is still the only British player to win Les Petit As in Tarbes (beating Mario Ancic and Robin Soderling), which is known as the under 14 world championships.[1] He was also no.1 playing member of the U14 European Championships team and won U16 and U18 British National Championships.

Matt turned professional at 16 and won 5 singles titles at Futures and Satellite level achieving a ranking of 290. In 2005 he achieved top 5 highest win loss ratios of any ranked player world-wide. The following year he severely injured his left wrist whilst competing in Ireland which would eventually force him into retirement aged 22.

Matt began coaching in North Wales, at Wrexham Tennis Centre which was an LTA funded high performance academy and began taking his coaching badges. He then moved to New York City, USA and worked as head coach of a high performance academy and then travelling coach for the USTA working with America's best junior players. Upon returning to Britain, Matt set up his own academy in London and began coaching GB Top 10 players Marcus Willis[2][3] and Neil Pauffley.

In 2016 Marcus Willis reached the 2nd round of Wimbledon. He came through qualifying beating Daniil Medvedev, Andrey Rublev and Yuichi Sugita. In the main draw he beat Richardas Berankis in the 1st round and lost to Roger Federer on centre court in the 2nd round.

Playing Titles[edit | edit source]

January 2005 - Barnstaple $15k - FR Opponent Josh Goodall - 6-4 6-2

February 2005 - Week 3 GB Satellite - FR Opponent James Auckland - 3-6 6-3 6-4

September 2005 - Glasgow $15k - FR Opponent Martin Lee - 6-4 3-6 6-1

October 2005 - Jersey $15k - FR Opponent Simon Harston - 6-3 6-4

November 2005 - Week 2 GB Satellite - FR Opponent Benedikt Stronkt - 6-3 6-4

References[edit | edit source]

  1. "Matthew- A World Champion at age 13". Wirral Globe. Wirral Globe. Retrieved 22 October 2018.
  2. "Wimbledon's unlikely star Marcus Willis will keep smiling through his". The Telegraph. The Telegraph. Retrieved 22 October 2018.
  3. "Marcus Willis should be proud of his Wimbledon exploits says his Huddersfield coach Matt Smith". 2016-06-29.

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