Jimmy Arias

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Jimmy Arias
Country (sports)  United States
Residence Buffalo, New York
Born (1964-08-16) August 16, 1964 (age 53)
Grand Island, New York
Height 5 ft 9 in (1.75 m)
Turned pro 1980
Retired 1994
Plays Right-handed (one-handed backhand)
Prize money $1,834,140
Official website jimmyarias.com
Career record 283–222 (Grand Prix, WCT, ATP and Grand Slam, and in Davis Cup)
Career titles 5
Highest ranking No. 5 (9 April 1984)
Grand Slam Singles results
Australian Open 3R (1991)
French Open QF (1984)
Wimbledon 4R (1984)
US Open SF (1983)
Other tournaments
Tour Finals 1R (1983)
WCT Finals SF (1984)
Olympic Games SF (1984, demonstration)
Career record 71–108 (Grand Prix, WCT, ATP and Grand Slam, and in Davis Cup)
Career titles 0
Highest ranking No. 61 (11 May 1987)
Mixed doubles
Career titles 1
Grand Slam Mixed Doubles results
French Open W (1981)

James Arias (born August 16, 1964) is a former tennis touring professional player from the United States.


Arias was born in Grand Island, near Buffalo, New York. A baseliner, Arias turned pro at age 16 in 1980. His peak year was 1983, when as a 19-year-old he finished the year ranked World No. 6, having reached the U.S. Open semi-finals by defeating Jonathan Canter, Tom Gullikson, Gianni Ocleppo, Joakim Nyström and Yannick Noah, before losing to Ivan Lendl. He also won the Italian Open and three other tour grand prix events. He reached his career high ranking of World No. 5 in April 1984. He retired from the tour in 1994, having amassed a 286–223 singles playing record and over $1,800,000 in prize money.

With former World No. 2 tennis player, Andrea Jaeger, he won the 1981 French Open Mixed Doubles Championship.

Arias currently serves as an assistant men's tennis coach at the University of South Florida in Tampa.

Broadcast work[edit]

Arias serves as a commentator for ESPN International and Tennis Channel. Arias served as an analyst for NBC Sports coverage of Tennis at the 2008 Summer Olympics.[1] In Canada, he has worked as an analyst for Rogers Sportsnet and the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation on the broadcasts of the Rogers Cup.[2]

Grand Slam finals[edit]

Mixed doubles (1 title)[edit]

Outcome Year Championship Surface Partner Opponents Score
Winner 1981 French Open Clay United States Andrea Jaeger Netherlands Betty Stöve
United States Fred McNair
7–6, 6–4

Career titles[edit]

Singles (5 titles)[edit]

Titles by Surface
Hard (0)
Grass (0)
Clay (5)
Carpet (0)
Outcome No. Date Tournament Surface Opponent Score
Winner 1. October 18, 1982 Tokyo, Japan Clay France Dominique Bedel 6–2, 2–6, 6–4
Winner 2. May 9, 1983 Florence, Italy Clay Italy Francesco Cancellotti 6–4, 6–3
Winner 3. May 16, 1983 Rome, Italy Clay Spain José Higueras 6–2, 6–7(3–7), 6–1, 6–4
Winner 4. August 1, 1983 Indianapolis, U.S. Clay Ecuador Andrés Gómez 6–4, 2–6, 6–4
Winner 5. September 12, 1983 Palermo, Italy Clay Argentina José Luis Clerc 6–2, 2–6, 6–0


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Preceded by
Peter McNamara
ATP Most Improved Player
Succeeded by
not awarded, 1984
Boris Becker, 1985