James Nelson (tennis)

James Nelson (born 18 February 1982) is a British former professional tennis player.

James Nelson
Full nameJames Nelson
Country (sports) Great Britain
Born (1982-02-18) 18 February 1982 (age 38)
Newcastle-upon-Tyne, England
Prize money$30,864
Highest rankingNo. 590 (14 May 2001)
Career record0–3
Highest rankingNo. 323 (22 July 2002)
Grand Slam Doubles results
Wimbledon1R (2000, 2001)
Grand Slam Mixed Doubles results
Wimbledon1R (2001)


A right-handed player from Newcastle, Nelson won the boys' doubles title at the 2000 US Open, partnering Lee Childs.[1] It was the first title won by British players at the US Open for 32 years.[2] The two players finished 2000 as the top ranked pair in the ITF year-end doubles rankings.[3]

His only main draw appearance on the ATP Tour came in the doubles at the 2000 Brighton International.

Nelson played in the main draw of Wimbledon in both 2000 and 2001. At the 2000 Wimbledon Championships he was a wildcard pairing with Mark Hilton and they were beaten in a four-set first round match by Czechs Petr Pála and Pavel Vízner. He received another opportunity to compete in the men's doubles at the 2001 Wimbledon Championships, but he and partner Lee Childs were unable to get past their first round opponents, the Bryan brothers.[4] Partnering Helen Crook, he also featured in the mixed doubles draw.

He retired from professional tennis at the age of 20.[5]


  1. ^ "Britons win junior title". The Independent. 11 September 2000. Retrieved 18 June 2018.
  2. ^ "Childs and Nelson end barren spell". The Daily Telegraph. 10 September 2000. Retrieved 18 June 2018.
  3. ^ "Brits top world junior list". BBC Sport. 21 December 2000. Retrieved 18 June 2018.
  4. ^ "Sampras' Near Defeat Creating A `Buzz'". Sun-Sentinel. 29 June 2001. Retrieved 18 June 2018.
  5. ^ "Tenns [sic]: What a waste". The Journal. 17 August 2003. Retrieved 18 June 2018.

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