John Peers | Australian Olympic Committee

John's Story

Fast Facts

Sport: Tennis
Event: Men's doubles
Olympic History: Rio 2016
Highlights: Winner 2017 Australian Open Doubles Championships
Year Born: 1988
State Born: VIC

About John

Born to former WTA athlete Elizabeth Little, it was no surprise that John would have the opportunity to explore tennis professionally. Both he and his sister have followed in their mother's footsteps, with Sally Peers an Australian representative at the 2010 Commonwealth Games. 

John proved himself independent of his mother's name, establishing a name for himself in tennis as early as in his high school years, where he would lead the Mentone Grammar School to two premierships. 

At just thirteen-years-old, John joined the professional circuit where he would go on to become one of Australia's most successful men's doubles athletes in the Open Era. 

John is a four-time Grand Slam Doubles finalist, reaching the final round at every grand slam except the French Open, where he has produced a best result of a quarterfinal appearance. He reached consecutive finals at Wimbledon and the US Open alongside Jamie Murray in 2015. 

He clinched his maiden grand slam doubles title in 2017 alongside long-time Finnish partner Henri Kontinen. Together, they won the 2017 Australian Open over American brothers Mike and Bob Bryan, 7-5, 7-5. 

Kontinen and Peers have also competed at two ATP World Tour Finals, held in London after the conclusion of all other tournaments for the calendar year. They were back to back champions of the doubles events in 2016 and 2017. 

This partnership produced three other Masters 1000 titles, won between 2016-18, all on hard courts. They have thirteen other titles on the ATP Tour, previously winning thirteen doubles titles on the ATP Challenger and Futures tours. Despite winning an ITF Tournament at thirteen-years-old, he never competed once he joined the ATP Tour.

Peers achieved a career high doubles ranking of world number two in 2017, which he held for 22 weeks. 

John made his Davis Cup debut for Australia in the doubles event alongside Lleyton Hewitt, where they faced Team USA, playing the Bryan Brothers. Peers has been a part of the Australian Davis Cup team ever since.

John made his Olympic debut at Rio 2016, joining forces with Chris Guccione. They were defeated in the first round by Argentinian duo Juan Martin Del Potro and Maximo Gonzales, 6-4, 7-5. 

As a member of the Australian ATP Cup team, John won every match he played at round robin of the inaugural tournament in 2020. The team was eventually defeated by Spain in the semi-finals, 3-0. John reprised his role as a doubles player in the team at the second ATP tournament in 2021, where Australia was unable to proceed to the semi final. 

With a decade of professional experience and 24 career titles to his name, John will prove instrumental to the Australian team come Tokyo time, where he will join forces with Alex De Minaur in the doubles event of his second Olympic Games. 

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