Jim Thomas (tennis)

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Jim Thomas (born September 24, 1974 in Canton, Ohio) is a former professional American tennis player. His highest ATP singles ranking was World No. 288, which he reached on November 2, 1998. His career high in doubles was at 29, set at 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 United States
Residence Canton, Ohio, United States
Born (1974-09-24) September 24, 1974 (age 39)
Canton, Ohio, United States
Height 1.93 m (6 ft 4 in)
Turned pro 1996
Plays Right-handed (single-handed backhand)
Prize money $801,553
Singles
Career record 0–3 (at ATP Tour-level, Grand Slam-level, and in Davis Cup)
Career titles 0
Highest ranking No. 288 (November 2, 1998)
Grand Slam Singles results
Australian Open Q2 (1998)
French Open DNP
Wimbledon Q2 (1998, 1999)
US Open Q2 (1998)
Doubles
Career record 154–196 (at ATP Tour-level, Grand Slam-level, and in Davis Cup)
Career titles 6
Highest ranking No. 29 (August 21, 2006)
Grand Slam Doubles results
Australian Open 2R (2005)
French Open 2R (2002, 2007, 2008)
Wimbledon 1R (2001, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008)
US Open SF (2005)

He 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 United Kingdom Brighton, England Hard (I) United States Paul Goldstein Australia Michael Hill
United States Jeff Tarango
3–6, 5-7
Winner 2. January 8, 2001 New Zealand Auckland, New Zealand Hard (O) South Africa Marius Barnard South Africa David Adams
Argentina Martín García
7–6(12–10), 6–4
Runner-up 3. April 30, 2001 United States Houston, United States Clay (O) United States Kevin Kim India Mahesh Bhupathi
India Leander Paes
6–7(4–7), 2–6
Runner-up 4. September 10, 2001 Uzbekistan Tashkent, Uzbekistan Hard (O) South Africa Marius Barnard France Julien Boutter
Slovakia Dominik Hrbatý
4–6, 6–3, 11–13
Winner 5. July 5, 2004 United States Newport, United States Grass (O) Australia Jordan Kerr France Gregory Carraz
France Nicolas Mahut
6-3, 6–7(5–7), 6-3
Winner 6. July 19, 2004 United States Indianapolis, United States Hard (O) Australia Jordan Kerr Zimbabwe Wayne Black
Zimbabwe Kevin Ullyett
6-7(7–9), 7-6(7–3), 6-3
Runner-up 7. January 31, 2005 United States Delray Beach, United States Hard (O) Australia Jordan Kerr Sweden Simon Aspelin
Australia Todd Perry
3–6, 3–6
Winner 8. July 4, 2005 United States Newport, United States Grass (O) Australia Jordan Kerr United States Graydon Oliver
United States Travis Parrott
7–6(7–5), 7–6(7–5)
Runner-up 9. February 13, 2006 United States San Jose, United States Hard (I) United States Paul Goldstein Sweden Jonas Björkman
United States John McEnroe
6–7(2–7), 6-4, [7–10]
Winner 10. May 22, 2006 Austria Pörtschach, Austria Clay (O) Australia Paul Hanley Austria Oliver Marach
Czech Republic Cyril Suk
6–3, 4–6, [10-5]
Runner-up 11. July 17, 2006 United States Indianapolis, United States Hard (O) United States Paul Goldstein United States Bobby Reynolds
United States Andy Roddick
4–6, 4–6
Runner-up 12. October 2, 2006 Japan Tokyo, Japan Hard (O) United States Paul Goldstein Australia Ashley Fisher
United States Tripp Phillips
2-6, 5-7
Winner 13. July 9, 2007 United States Newport, United States Grass (O) Australia Jordan Kerr Australia Nathan Healey
Russia Igor Kunitsyn
6–3, 7–5

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