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- Pronounced: AIR-ee-us
- Age: 49 (16.08.1964)
- Birthplace: Buffalo, NY
- Residence: Buffalo, NY
- Height: 5'9" (175 cm)
- Weight: 155 lbs (70 kg)
- Plays: Right-handed
- Turned Pro: 1980
- Coach: Nick Bollettieri
As of 03.03.2014
*Singles & Doubles combined
*Singles & Doubles combined
Jimmy Arias was a child prodigy and graduate of the Nick Bollettieri Tennis Academy, who was renowned for his baseline game, powerful forehand and mental toughness.
At 15 years of age, he became the youngest player ever to achieve a world ranking. At 16, in 1980, he turned pro and became the youngest player to win a main draw singles match at the US Open. Within two years, Arias had risen into the world’s Top 20.
Arias received the ATP’s Most Improved Player award in 1983, when he finished the year as World No. 6 to qualify for the Masters (January 1984), with four titles, including the Italian Open and a run to the US Open semi-finals (l. to Lendl).
The next season, 5’9” Arias reached a career-high World No. 5 on 9 April 1984, went onto reach the Roland Garros quarter-finals (l. to McEnroe) and played his first grass-court tournament at Wimbledon, advancing to the Last 16 (l. to Smid).
The Buffalo, New York native was a member of the United States Davis Cup team from 1983-87. He won the 1982 Roland Garros mixed doubles title with Andrea Jaeger.
Arias opened the Jimmy Arias Tennis Academy at a St. Petersburg Beach resort in May 1994. He retired from professional tennis four month later, just one week after his 30th birthday. Tired of travelling and full-time play, Arias said at the time, "It's tough not to be a tennis player anymore. I've been that all my life and now to say it's over makes my stomach hurt."
He now works as a television commentator and analyst. Bio: James Buddell
1994 -- August, retired from professional tennis after 1st RD exit at US Open qualifying (l. to T. Johansson)...
1991 -- Runner-up at Indian Wells Ch., Charlotte (l. Yzaga); Quarter-finalist at Adelaide, Orlando; Doubles SF at Charlotte (w/Sobel).
1990 -- Runner-up at Adelaide (l. Muster); Quarter-finalist at Auckland, San Francisco, Hamburg; Doubles SF at Vienna (w/Annacone).
1989 -- Quarter-finalist at Memphis (as qualifier); Doubles Quarter-finalist at Boston (w/Deppe).
1988 -- Runner-up at Charleston (l. Agassi); Winner at Capetown Ch.; Doubles Semi-finalist at Nice (w/Segarceanu).
1987 -- Runner-up at Monte Carlo (l. Wilander); Quarter-finalist at Boston, Washington; RD 16 at French Open.
1986 -- Semi-finalist at Indianapolis, Washington; Quarter-finalist at Boston; Doubles Runner-up at Japan Open (w/Holmes).
1985 -- Runner-up at Las Vegas, Florence, Japan Open; Semi-finalist at Johannesburg, Montreal; Quarter-finalist at Los Angeles.
1984 -- Semi-finalist at WCT/Dallas, Monte Carlo, Tournament of Champions-N.Y., Boca West, LaQuinta; Quarter-finalist at Philadelphia, Memphis, French Open, Richmond, Boston, Barcelona; RD 16 at Wimbledon.
1983 -- Runner-up at Boston, Washington; Semi-finalist at North Conway, U.S. Open; Quarter-finalist at Cincinnati; RD 16 at French Open.
1982 -- Runner-up at Washington, Indianapolis; Quarter-finalist at South Orange, San Francisco.
1981 -- Semi-finalist at Stowe; Quarter-finalist at South Orange.
Best Grand Slam Results: French Open, 1983, 1987 RD 16; Wimbledon, 1984 RD 16; U.S. Open, 1983 Semi-finalist.
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