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Former Tennessee All-Americans Rhyne Williams and John-Patrick Smith learned their opponents for next week's Australian Open.
The draw was released Thursday evening (Wednesday in Melbourne, Australia). Both Vols received main draw wild cards and are in the third quarter of the 128-man tournament, meaning they should play their opening matches Tuesday.
Williams, who got his wild card for winning the USTA Wild Card Playoff in December, takes on 25th-seeded Florian Mayer of Germany. Smith was added to the draw late last week by his home nation and takes on Portugal's Joao Souza in the first round. Smith lost to Souza in three sets in the final round of qualifying last week at the ATP event in Sydney.
This will be Smith's Grand Slam singles debut, having played doubles in last year's Australian Open. It will be the first time multiple Tennessee players have been in a Grand Slam main draw since associate head coach Chris Woodruff and Doug Flach both played in the 1997 Wimbledon.
Tennys Sandgren plays the second round of Australian Open qualifying late tonight against Alex Bogomolov.
Tennis Australia: Smith through to play-off semifinals
Behind a solid returning performance on a hot afternoon, former Vol John-Patrick Smith advanced to the semifinals of the Australian Open Playoff in Melbourne Park.
Here are the Vols' updated ATP Tour rankings as of Nov. 19, 2012. The Vols are listed by highest singles ranking first. The number in parenthesis denotes change from previous week.
Singles: 192 (+25)
Doubles: 226 (+2)
Note: Ended season by cracking the top 200 for the first time in his career ... climbed 25 spots up the rankings by reaching his first career Challenger semifinal in Champaign, earning a strong win against American veteran Ryan Sweeting in the quarterfinals to do so ... 2012 season over, but could play the USTA Australian Open Wild Card Playoff in December, as he has the last two years.
Singles: 234 (+7)
Doubles: 163 (-1)
Note: Made it to the second round of the Champaign Challenger to end the season. His ranking of 234 is a career best ... 2012 tournament season over, but could play the USTA Australian Open Wild Card Playoff in December.
Singles: 246 (0)
Doubles: 105 (0)
Note: Reached the quarterfinals of the Champaign Challenger to successfully defend his points from last year ... Made it to the doubles quarterfinals with John Peers and will enter 2013 about 30 points from becoming the 13th Vol in program history to entering the top 100 ... Likely to play the Australian Open Playoffs in Melbourne in December.
Singles: 878 (0)
Doubles: 1566 (+3)
Note: Off last week ... Off this week.
Singles: 1294 (+10)
Doubles: 194 (-4)
Note: Had to pull out of the Champaign Challenger with a knee injury to finish the season ... Off this week.