Vanderbilt Senior Day vs. South Carolina on April 13, 2014. Photos by Joe Howell.
Career (as of summer ’15): Singles Record: 18-16 overall, 8-4 dual record Doubles Record: 24-30 overall, 14-22 dual record
Sophomore (2014-15): Went 10-7 in singles overall… Rode a six-match win streak from Nov. 7th – Jan. 16th… Won at No. 3, 4, 5 and 6 singles for the Commodores… Only lost one dual singles match for VU… Defeated Ball State’s Patrick Downs (7-6, 1-0(8)), Belmont’s Caio Niel (6-1, 6-3), Georgia State’s Sebastian Acuna (7-5, 6-4) and Lipscomb’s Daniel Hernandes (6-2, 6-2) in dual season… Went 4-7 in doubles play, playing primarily at No. 2… Most notably defeated then-No. 34 Eddy Covalschi/Josh Hagar of Notre Dame, 8-5, alongside Binet… Made it to the semifinals with Newman in Athens at Southern Intercollegiates, defeating UK’s Yates/Bushamuka and UGA’s Wood/Bertran along the way… Got to quarterfinals in the SEC Fall Classic with Newman, defeating MSU’s Agarwal/Gowda, and Tennessee’s Jones/Valero.
2013-14 (Freshman):Went 7-9 overall and 4-3 in dual play ... Played primarily in No. 6 singles spot, going 2-3 ... With Eswaran picked up the 8-4 win at No. 2 doubles in first round of NCAA Tournament ... Also won second round NCAA Tournament match with Eswaran at No. 2 doubles against Columbia ... Defeated No. 38 VT's Florian Nicoud 6-4, 7-6 (7-4) in singles in first round of NCAA Tournament ... Defeated UGA's Hernus Pieters in the No. 6 position 4-6, 7-6, (7-4), 6-3 in the SEC Tournament.
High School: Attended Cypress Bay High School playing tennis under head coach Vincent Grossi ... First Team All-State all four years of HS ... Florida tennis Player of the Year as a junior ... Led the Cypress Bay Lightning to two state championships.
Personal: Ryan Philip Smith ... Born October 27, 1994 ... Son of Lori and Douglas Smith ... Brother of Zach ... Majoring in public policy studies ... Started playing tennis at the age of 10 ... Lists Rafael Nadal as his favorite tennis player and Calvin Johnson as his favorite non-tennis athlete ... Away from the tennis court he enjoys playing basketball ... Chose Vanderbilt over Florida, Illinois, Duke and Virginia.