Former Vol John-Patrick Smith collected his first singles win of the year Tuesday, but it did not come easily. Needing a comeback after a slow start, Smith rallied to beat former Arkansas standout Blake Strode 3-6, 7-5, 6-3 in the opening round of the Caloundra International in Australia.
Coming off his first doubles Challenger title last week in Burnie, Smith is still in both singles and doubles heading into Wednesday. He faces fifth-seeded Ben Mitchell, a fellow Aussie ranked No. 221 on the ATP circuit.
Rhyne Williams plays former U.S. Open semifinal Robby Ginepri in the first round of the YP Challenger of Dallas on Tuesday. His match is scheduled to be third on the stadium court. Live video and commentary can be found here: Link.