Jimmy Arias is a former top-ranked pro tennis player from the United States. He received his highest rank of World No.5 in April of 1984. The year 1983 ended with Arias ranked World No.6. He has won several singles titles and has participated in many Grand Slam events. His career wins amount to over $1.8 million. At present, he serves as a commentator for ESPN and for the Tennis Channel. He has also served as an analyst of NBC Sports and helped to cover the tennis matches as the 2008 Summer Olympics.
Arias was born James Arias on August 16, 1964 in Buffalo, New York. He stands 5 feet and 9 inches and weighs 155 lbs. He is a right-handed player and is known for playing his backhands with one hand. He turned pro in 1980 and retired in 1994. He currently resides in Buffalo, New York.
He was considered a prodigy as a baseliner. He turned pro when he was just 16. When he was 19, he finished ranked World No.6. On that same year he also reached the semifinals at the US Open. He also won the Italian open as well as several other grand prix events. As a doubles player, he has never won a career title, but was ranked No.61 on May 1987.
He won four of his 5 singles titles in 1983 and one in 1982. At Grand Slam events, Arias reached the quarter finals of the 1984 French Open. That same year, he finished 4th at Wimbledon. He Finished 3rd at the Aussie Open in 1991 and he reached the semifinals of the 1983 US Open.
Aside from being a singles player, Arias also participated in doubles games and with partner Andrea Jaeger, he won the French Open Mixed Doubles in 1982.