James Joseph Thomas was born on September
24, 1974 in Canton, Ohio.
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
If he wasn't playing tennis, he says he would be "a representative in Ohio State Congress" because he 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. Jim retired following the 2008 season.
Jim's career best effort at a Grand Slam was the 2005 US Open where
he and Paul Goldstein made the semi-finals. In his career, he recorded doubles wins over Rafael
Safin, the Bryan brothers and Pat
Rafter amongst many others.
Rank for doubles: 29
High Rank date for doubles: 21 August, 2006
(RACE): 7 (15 January, 2001)
High Rank for singles:
High Rank date for singles: 2 November, 1998
High Rank (RACE): 226 (17 July,
ATP Doubles Entry System
Win-Loss (doubles): 0-3
Career Win-Loss (doubles): 154-196
6'4'' (193 cm)
Weight: 200 lbs (90 kg)
Wilson K Factor KSix-One 95
Strings [between 54-57lbs): Luxilon Big Banger TI-MO - mains
Babolat Touch 16 130 (or VS+ 130 in half
sets) - crosses