Former Vol John-Patrick Smith crossed off another career milestone Monday, winning his first career match to start Wimbledon.
Smith and fellow Aussie Paul Hanley, playing together for the first time, defeated Philipp Marx and Florin Mergea 6-3, 6-1, 7-5, 6-4 in their opening match at the All Queens Club. They will likely face the third-seeded team of Alexander Peya and Bruno Soares in the second round later this week.
Smith and Hanley finally started capitalizing on break point opportunities in the fourth set, coming back from 4-2 down to reel off four games in a row to earn the victory. They were 3 of 14 on break point opportunities, and that was enough for the win.
This year, Smith has appeared in the doubles main draw of all three Grand Slams so far and has a 2-2 record. He also won a match at the Australian Open in upset fashion.