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Jimmy Arias

Jimmy Arias is a retired American professional tennis player who was born on August 16, 1964, in Buffalo, New York. He reached a career-high ranking of World No. 5 in singles and was known for his aggressive style of play and strong baseline game.

Arias turned professional in 1980 and quickly made a name for himself on the tour. He won his first ATP Tour singles title at the 1982 Italian Open, defeating Jose-Luis Clerc in the final. He went on to win a total of 5 singles titles during his career, including the 1983 U.S. Clay Court Championships and the 1984 South African Open.

Arias also had success in doubles, winning 7 doubles titles during his career. He was a finalist at the 1983 French Open in mixed doubles, partnering with Andrea Jaeger.

Throughout his career, Arias had a number of notable wins over top players, including Ivan Lendl, John McEnroe, and Stefan Edberg. He was known for his strong mental toughness and his ability to outlast opponents in long, grueling matches.

After retiring from professional tennis, Arias became a respected commentator and analyst for ESPN and the Tennis Channel. He was also the coach of American player Mardy Fish for several years, helping him achieve a career-high ranking of World No. 7 in singles.

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