A native of Grand Island, New York, Jimmy Arias is an American tennis legend who, at the age of 15, became the youngest person to ever achieve a world ranking. At 16, in 1980, he turned professional and became the youngest player to win a main draw singles match at the U.S. Open. Jimmy subsequently rose to the world's Top 20 within two years. An alumnus of the world-famous Nick Bollettieri Tennis Academy, he is known for his baseline game, punishing forehand and mental tenacity.
In 1982, Jimmy captured his first ATP title in Tokyo and reached the singles final at both the Washington D.C. and Indianapolis events. He also won the French Open Mixed Doubles title with Andrea Jaeger.
Jimmy had a career-year in 1983 capturing four ATP titles, including the Italian Open and reaching the semi-finals of the U.S Open. He finished the year ranked #6 in the world and these results earned him a position in the year-end Masters event. He was also the recipient of the 1983 ATP Most Improved Award.
In 1984, Jimmy achieved a career-high ranking of #5 in the world and reached the Quarter Finals of the French Open, falling to John McEnroe. Later in the year, he played his first grass court event making the Round of 16 at Wimbledon. He also captured the bronze medal in the 1984 Olympics, where tennis was a demonstration sport.
Jimmy has career victories over Andre Agassi, John McEnroe, Boris Becker, Jim Courier, Mats Wilander, Pat Cash, Goran Ivanisevic, Yannick Noah, Andres Gomez and Aaron Krickstein. He was a member of the United States Davis Cup teams from 1983-1987.
A familiar face and voice, Jimmy serves as a television and radio commentator for ESPN, Tennis Channel, Rogers Sportsnet and Canadian Broadcasting Corporation. He is currently a regular at many leading senior tennis events and instructs clinics around the world.
Jimmy and his wife, Gina, reside in Sarasota, Florida with their two children.