ON TOUR: Smith Starts Doubles at Australian Open

Former Vol John-Patrick Smith faces a pair of veterans to start doubles play Wednesday at the Australian Open in Melbourne.

Smith and fellow Aussie Greg Jones take on Leander Paes of India and Radek Stepanek of the Czech Republic in the opening round. 

The match is the fourth on court 7, which is unfortunately not one of ESPN's seven televised courts. With the 16-hour time difference, matches begin Tuesday at 7 p.m. Eastern. Live scoring is available at australianopen.com.

Smith is currently ranked No. 588 in the world in doubles, having won three Futures titles last year with former Vol Ben Rogers. The Australian Open marks the first pro tournament in which Smith has played doubles without Rogers, the 2005 All-American. Jones is ranked No. 284.

Paes is a true veteran in the doubles world and is currently seventh in the ATP rankings. He has been a runner up three times, including last season, and has six Grand Slam titles, his last one coming in the 2009 US Open.

Stepanek, a former top-10 singles player, is currently ranked No. 91 in doubles and has appeared in the Australian Open doubles draw four times. His best result was a quarterfinal appearance in 2007.

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