John Patrick Smith discusses switch to Mizuno Tennis
Australian veteran John Patrick Smith was All American in singles and doubles for all four years at Tennessee (2007-2011). The six-foot two inch 27 year old Aussie lefty is beginning to crack the upper echelon of the ATP as last September he reached his highest singles ranking of 108 and this year recorded a win over ATP #25 Ivo Karlovic in Delray Beach. Currently Smith is ranked 157 in singles and 225 in doubles (two QF results this year – Brisbane and Key Biscayne. I spoke with the affable Aussie recently about his switching over to wearing Mizuno shoes and attire…
Question: How did you become associated with Mizuno?
John Patrick Smith: Mizuno decided to get into tennis a little more. I was fortunate to get asked to try them out and actually did like the shoes a lot. And actually the clothes are pretty good as well.
Q: Sent complimentary?
JP Smith: Yes, so far yes. Tryout.
Question: You are pleased with the comfort of the shoes?
John Patrick Smith: Yes. Very good. Very light. Very good for my feet. I have pretty flat feet. So it fits quite good for my arch as well.
Q: What shoes did you wear previously?
JP Smith: Babolat.
Question: How would you compare Babolat shoes with Mizuno?
JP Smith: I would say my feet are flat and probably Mizuno and Babolat are the best shoes for it. Obviously they’re both great shoes.
Q: This year you have achieved strong results – beating ATP #26 Karlovic in singles and two ATP quarterfinals in doubles. To what do you attribute the success?
JP Smith: I think it’s a multitude of things actually. Training. Obviously worked on my game a lot as well I think it all adds up.
Question: You give Mizuno shoes a thumbs up?
JP Smith: I do like them yes. You can quote that [smiles]. I do like them.
Q: Do you know who the last player was who wore Mizuno decades ago?
JP Smith: (With no hesitation) Ivan Lendl [smiles].