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Phillip Simmonds: Circuit Player of the Week

May 25, 2008 12:40 PM
Phillips Simmonds
Birthdate:
May 18, 1986
Birthplace: New York, N.Y.
Residence: Reston, Va.
Height: 6’ 2”
Weight: 170 lbs.
Plays: Right-handed; two-handed backhand

Phillip Simmonds won’t soon forget his outstanding performance at last week’s USTA Boca Raton Futures. Playing in his first USTA Pro Circuit tournament of 2006, the 19-year-old from Reston, Va., captured the singles title at the $10,000 event, giving the talented teen the first pro title of his career.

Seeded third in the draw, Simmonds came out strong in his opening-round match, with an impressive 6-2, 6-2 win over fellow American Marcus Fugate. He passed a much tougher test in the second round, clinching a third-set tiebreak to defeat Serbian qualifier Vladimir Obradovic, 6-3, 4-6, 7-6 (4). He then went on to win his next two matches -- a straight-sets victory over No. 6 seed Jeremy Wurtzman in the quarterfinals and a three-set win against Brian Wilson in the semifinals -- before notching an impressive comeback win against No. 5 Ivan Miranda, 5-7, 6-4, 7-6 (3), for the championship.

Simmonds, who was ranked as high as No. 2 in the ITF World Junior Rankings just two years ago, is coming off an impressive year in 2005 – his first full year as a pro. Among his many highlights, he advanced to his first USTA Pro Circuit final as a qualifier at the Sacramento Challenger. He reached the singles semifinals at the Orange Park, Fla., Futures, as well as doubles semifinals at Futures events in Auburn, Calif., and Tampa, Fla. He also qualified into his first ATP main draw at the Legg Mason Tennis Classic in Washington, D.C., and advanced to quarterfinals at two ITF Futures tournaments in France.

During his junior career, Simmonds made history at the 2003 Australian Open, where he teamed with Scott Oudsema to become the first American duo ever to win the boys' doubles championship. He also reached doubles semifinals at the Wimbledon and French Open junior championships in 2003, swept the singles and doubles titles at the ITF Grade A International Casablanca Junior Cup in 2004, and captured the doubles title and finished in third place in singles at the 2004 USTA National Championships.

Simmonds is currently ranked 331st in the INDESIT ATP Rankings. Next up for the 6-foot, 2-inch right-hander is a trip to La Jolla, Calif., where he will serve as a practice partner for the U.S. Davis Cup team that will take on Romania in the World Group First Round from Feb. 10-12.

-- Sally Milano, USTA.com


RANKING HISTORY
2005 – 353 (ATP)
2004 – 2* (ITF), 900 (ATP)
2003 – 15* (ITF), 6* (USTA 18s), 1,432 (ATP)
2002 – 65 (ITF), 12* (USTA 16s), 109* (USTA 18s)
2001 – 389* (ITF), 4* (USTA 14s), 19* (USTA 16s)
2000 – 6* (USTA 14s)
1999 – 41* (USTA 14s)
* Highest ranking attained during the year

PROFESSIONAL HIGHLIGHTS

2006

  • In his first appearance on the USTA Pro Circuit in 2006, he took home the singles title at the Futures event in Boca Raton, Fla., defeating Ivan Miranda, 5-7, 6-4, 7-6 (3), in the final... Was the first pro win of his career.

2005

  • Qualified into the $50,000 USTA Challenger in Champaign-Urbana, Ill., but lost in the opening round to Ivo Heuberger, 6-4, 6-4.
  • As a qualifier, advanced to his first USTA Pro Circuit final at the Sacramento Challenger... Upset No. 6 Chris Guccione, 6-3, 6-4 in the second round and dropped only one set en route to the final, where he lost to Rik De Voest, 3-6, 6-3, 6-4.
  • Qualified into the Grenoble, France, Challenger, and advanced to the second round, losing to Michael Llodra, 6-3, 6-3.
  • Qualified into the ITF Futures event in Plaisier, France, but lost to Evgueni Korolev, 7-5, 7-6 (4), in the first round.
  • Qualified into the ITF Futures event in Mulhouse, France, and reached the quarterfinals... Lost to Gary Lugassy, 7-5, 6-4.
  • Advanced to the quarterfinals at the ITF Futures in Bagneres de Bigorre, France.
  • Qualified into his first ATP main draw at the Legg Mason Tennis Classic in Washington... Lost in the opening round to Wayne Arthurs, 0-6, 6-3, 6-1.
  • As a qualifier, reached the second round of the Forest Hills 2 Challenger, falling to Rik de Voest, 6-4, 6-4.
  • Reached the doubles semifinals (with Troy Hahn) at the USTA Futures event in Auburn, Calif… Qualified into the singles event but lost in the opening round to Robert Smeets, 7-6 (6), 6-3.
  • Qualified into the USTA Futures event in Orange Park, Fla., and advanced to the semifinals... Lost to Jose de Armas, 7-6 (4), 6-2.
  • As a qualifier, reached the second round of the Vero Beach, Fla., Futures, losing to Brendan Evans, 6-3, 2-6, 7-6 (4).
  • Qualified into the Brownsville, Texas, Futures and reached the second round, before falling to Andres Pedroso, 6-2, 6-3.
  • As a qualifier, reached the second round of the Kissimmee, Fla., Futures, losing to Mykyta Kryvonos, 6-2, 6-1.
  • Reached the doubles semifinals (with Scott Oudsema) at the Tampa, Fla., Futures.

2004

  • Finished runner-up in doubles (with Scott Oudsema) at the Waikoloa, Hawaii, Futures… Also advanced to the singles quarterfinals, where he lost to Alex Kuznetsov, 6-2, 6-4.

JUNIOR HIGHLIGHTS

2004

  • Won the boys’ 18 doubles title (with Vahid Mirzadeh) and finished in third place in singles at the USTA National Championships in Kalamazoo.
  • Reached the doubles quarterfinals (with Fritz Wolmarans) at the junior French Open.
  • Was a singles finalist at the 40th Coffee Bowl.
  • Swept the singles and doubles titles at the 26th International Casablanca Junior Cup, the first of five ITF Grade A events held during the year.

2003

  • Reached the singles and doubles (with Scott Oudsema) quarterfinals at the boys’ 18 USTA Super National Hard Court Championships in Kalamazoo, Mich.
  • Advanced to the doubles semifinals (with Brian Baker) at The Junior Championships, Wimbledon.
  • Reached the doubles semifinals (with Brian Baker) at Roland Garros 2003.
  • Won the doubles title (with Brian Baker) at the 39th Astrid Bowl Charleroi, Belgian International Junior Championships.
  • Won the boys’ doubles title (with Scott Oudsema) at the Australian Open Junior Championships, defeating the world’s top-ranked team, Florin Mergea and Horia Tecau of Romania, 6-4, 6-4, in the final… With the victory, the duo became the first U.S. team in history to win the boy’s doubles title at the Australian Open… Also reached the singles quarterfinals in Melbourne before falling to Mathieu Montcourt of France, 6-2, 6-0.
  • Won the doubles title (with Oudsema) at the Australian Hardcourt Junior Championships, defeating Mergea and Tecau in the final.

2002

  • Reached the finals in singles and doubles (with Oudsema) at the 39th Coffee Bowl in Costa Rica.
  • Won the doubles championship (with Oudsema) at the 16th Yucatan Cup in Mexico.
  • Won the doubles title (with Oudsema) at the Orange Bowl International Tennis Championships.
  • Advanced to the doubles semifinals (with Jarrett Chirico) at the USTA International Winter Championships.
  • Finished runner-up in doubles (with Oudsema) at the Eddie Herr International Junior Tennis Championships.
  • Advanced to the doubles final (with Oudsema) and the singles round of 16 at the Chanda Rubin North/Central American & Caribbean Junior Championships in Tulsa, Okla.
  • Represented the United States at the Junior Davis Cup by BNP Paribas Final, a competition for boys’ aged 16-and-under, and helped lead the U.S. team to a second-place finish with teammates Brendan Evans and Oudsema.
  • Reached the doubles quarterfinals (with Oudsema) at the Canadian Open Junior Tennis Championships.
  • Was a doubles quarterfinalist (with Oudsema) at the USTA Super National Hard Court Championships.
  • Won the doubles title and finished runner-up in singles at the Pretoria University Junior ITF Tournament.
  • Won both the singles and doubles (with Oudsema) titles at the PIC Pretoria Junior ITF Tournament.
  • Finished in third place in doubles (with Jason Pinsky) and reached the singles quarterfinals at the USTA Super National Spring Championships, The Easter Bowl.
  • Reached the doubles quarterfinals (with Ruben Simmonds) at the 2002 Amata Cup.
  • Was a doubles finalist (with Oudsema) at the Malaysian International Junior Championships.
  • Advanced to the round of 16 in singles at the Torneo Internacional Inka Bowl 2002 in Peru.
  • Reached the round of 16 in singles at the Nicolas Macchiavello Almeida Cup in Ecuador.
  • Was a doubles semifinalist (with Oudsema) at the 38th Coffee Bowl in Costa Rica.

2001

  • Reached the boys’ 18 doubles semifinals (with Joey Atas) at the Orange Bowl.
  • Advanced to the boys’ 16 singles quarterfinals at the Prince Cup.
  • Was a doubles quarterfinalist (with Vahid Mirzadeh) at the Chanda Rubin American ITF Junior Circuit – South Carolina.
  • Reached the boys’ 18 doubles semifinals (with Kazuya Otani) at the USTA Junior International Hard Court Championships.
  • Advanced to the boys’ 16 singles and doubles (with Joseph Atas) round of 16 at the USTA Super National Hard Court Championships.
  • Was a doubles quarterfinalist (Joseph Atas) at the USTA Super National Clay Court Championships.
  • Won the singles title and finished runner-up in doubles (with Rowan Reynolds) at the S.W.O.T.T. Open.
  • Reached the boys’ 16 singles semifinals at the MATA Championships #2.
  • Was a boys’ 18 singles finalist at the MAS Championship #2.
  • Won the boys’ 16 singles title at the Columbus Indoor USTA Level 3.
  • Won the boys’ 16 singles championship at the USTA MAS Championship.

2000

  • Advanced to the boys’ 14 singles round of 16 at the Orange Bowl.
  • Reached the third round at the boys’ 14 Eddie Herr International.
  • Won the boys’ 14 doubles championship (with Brendan Evans) and reached the singles round of 16 at the USTA National Clay Court Championships.
  • Advanced to the boys’ 16 singles semifinals at the MAS #3.
  • Represented the winning U.S. team at the World Junior Tennis Regional Qualifying event, with teammates Vahid Mirzadeh and Brendan Evans.
  • Advanced to the boys’ 14 round of 16 in both singles and doubles at the Easter Bowl.
  • Reached the boys’ 14 round of 16 at the Junior Spring Fling.
  • Advanced to the boys’ 14 round of 16 at the Copper Bowl.

PERSONAL

  • Father, Denzil, is an air traffic controller and teaching pro in his spare time. Mother, Maureen, is a health care manager. Older sister, Pamela, ran track and field for the University of Miami.
  • Began playing tennis at age three.
  • Trains at the Saddlebrook Academy.
  • Enjoys basketball and going to the movies in his spare time.
  • Hopes to be a top-10 player in the future.
 

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