Jim Thomas (tennis)

Jim Thomas (born September 24, 1974) is an American former professional tennis player. His highest ATP world singles ranking was number 288, which he reached on November 2, 1998. His career high in doubles was at 29, set on August 21, 2006. He retired following the 2008 season.

Jim Thomas
Jim practices with Stephen Huss at the 2006 Sydney International ATP Tournament..jpg
Country (sports)United States
ResidenceCanton, Ohio, United States
Born (1974-09-24) September 24, 1974 (age 47)
Canton, Ohio, United States
Height193 cm (6 ft 4 in)
Turned pro1996
PlaysRight-handed (single-handed backhand)
Prize money$801,553
Singles
Career record0–3 (at ATP Tour-level, Grand Slam-level, and in Davis Cup)
Career titles0
Highest rankingNo. 288 (November 2, 1998)
Grand Slam singles results
Australian OpenQ2 (1998)
WimbledonQ2 (1998, 1999)
US OpenQ2 (1998)
Doubles
Career record154–196 (at ATP Tour-level, Grand Slam-level, and in Davis Cup)
Career titles6
Highest rankingNo. 29 (August 21, 2006)
Grand Slam doubles results
Australian Open2R (2005)
French Open2R (2002, 2007, 2008)
Wimbledon1R (2001, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2008)
US OpenSF (2005)
Mixed doubles
Career record1–9
Career titles0
Grand Slam mixed doubles results
Australian Open2R (2006)
French Open1R (2007)
Wimbledon1R (2001, 2002, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007)
US Open1R (2006)

BiographyEdit

Thomas began playing tennis at age three and is the youngest of six children (four brothers, one sister). He has 16 nephews and nieces and considers his parents most inspirational people in his life. His father is a doctor and his mother is a teacher.

Favourite players he enjoyed watching while growing up were John McEnroe and Boris Becker. Jim played four years at Stanford University from 1992 to 1996 and earned a degree in American Studies before turning pro. He also earned All-American honours during his senior year and was a member of NCAA team champions in 1995–96.

Thomas is interested in national and international politics. He is involved with Victory Gallop in Bath, Ohio, an equestrian therapy organisation for at-risk children. He considers hard courts to be his favourite surface.

Thomas's career best effort at a Grand Slam was the 2005 US Open where he and Paul Goldstein made the semi-finals. He has 6 doubles ATP titles and 14 doubles Challenger titles to his name. He recorded doubles wins over Rafael Nadal, Roger Federer, Novak Djokovic, Andy Murray, Lleyton Hewitt, Marat Safin, the Bryan brothers and Pat Rafter amongst others, in his career.

ATP career finalsEdit

Doubles:13 (6–7)Edit

ATP Doubles Titles by surface
Hard (2–6)
Grass (3–0)
Clay (1–1)
Carpet (0–0)
Result No. Date Tournament Surface Partner Opponents Score
Loss 1. November 20, 2000 Brighton, England Hard (i)   Paul Goldstein   Michael Hill
  Jeff Tarango
3–6, 5-7
Win 2. January 8, 2001 Auckland, New Zealand Hard   Marius Barnard   David Adams
  Martín García
7–6(12–10), 6–4
Loss 3. April 30, 2001 Houston, United States Clay   Kevin Kim   Mahesh Bhupathi
  Leander Paes
6–7(4–7), 2–6
Loss 4. September 10, 2001 Tashkent, Uzbekistan Hard   Marius Barnard   Julien Boutter
  Dominik Hrbatý
4–6, 6–3, 11–13
Win 5. July 5, 2004 Newport, United States Grass   Jordan Kerr   Gregory Carraz
  Nicolas Mahut
6-3, 6–7(5–7), 6-3
Win 6. July 19, 2004 Indianapolis, United States Hard   Jordan Kerr   Wayne Black
  Kevin Ullyett
6-7(7–9), 7-6(7–3), 6-3
Loss 7. January 31, 2005 Delray Beach, United States Hard   Jordan Kerr   Simon Aspelin
  Todd Perry
3–6, 3–6
Win 8. July 4, 2005 Newport, United States Grass   Jordan Kerr   Graydon Oliver
  Travis Parrott
7–6(7–5), 7–6(7–5)
Loss 9. February 13, 2006 San Jose, United States Hard (i)   Paul Goldstein   Jonas Björkman
  John McEnroe
6–7(2–7), 6–4, [7–10]
Win 10. May 22, 2006 Pörtschach, Austria Clay   Paul Hanley   Oliver Marach
  Cyril Suk
6–3, 4–6, [10-5]
Loss 11. July 17, 2006 Indianapolis, United States Hard   Paul Goldstein   Bobby Reynolds
  Andy Roddick
4–6, 4–6
Loss 12. October 2, 2006 Tokyo, Japan Hard   Paul Goldstein   Ashley Fisher
  Tripp Phillips
2-6, 5-7
Win 13. July 9, 2007 Newport, United States Grass   Jordan Kerr   Nathan Healey
  Igor Kunitsyn
6–3, 7–5

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