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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 45)
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 1992–96 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 Doubles finals: 13 (6–7)Edit

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

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