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ON TOUR: Smith Starts 2012 Season in Brisbane
Monday, 01/02/2012
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John-Patrick Smith.jpg
By Amanda Pruitt

University of Tennessee Team Page

Former Vol John-Patrick Smith is set to start 2012 in a big way Saturday by entering the qualifying draw of his first ATP Tour-level event: the Brisbane International.

Playing in his home state of Queensland, Australia, Smith faces a very familiar foe in the first round: former UCLA Bruin Michael Look.

Look defeated Smith in an incredibly tight match 6-4, 4-6, 7-6 (4) in the quarterfinals of the Australian Open Playoffs in December.

Smith is currently ranked No. 438 in the ATP World Tour Rankings, a career best.

On the other side of the world, a few Vols have a few weeks to wait before beginning their pro circuit. Tennys Sandgren starts his year Jan. 9 with a Futures event in Plantation, Fla.