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Grabb, Jim

One of the world's top doubles players in the late 1980s and early 1990s, Grabb won the U.S. Open doubles title with Richey Reneberg in 1992, and the French Open doubles in 1989 with Patrick McEnroe. Jim was the Vice President of ATP Tour Player Council and doubles representative in 1998-99.

Birth and Death Dates:
b. April 14, 1964

Career Highlights:
A three-time doubles and two-time singles All-American while an economics major at Stanford University, Grabb credited going to college with helping him become a better doubles players: "When you take it seriously, you work on some things. You polish some skills. I think you come out with a little bit of an advantage." In 1986, the year he turned pro, Jim won the ITCA Rafael Osuna Sportsmanship Award, which was given to the player who exemplified "competitive excellence, sportsmanship and contribution to the game."

After finishing 1986 as the world's No. 94 singles player, Grabb nabbed his first career singles title the following year by defeating Andre Agassi at a tournament in Seoul, Korea. Jim won his second, and final, singles title in Tapei in 1992; his highest singles ranking was No. 24 in February, 1990. In 1989, Grabb, then ranked No. 1 in the world in doubles, won the French Open and year-end Masters with partner Patrick McEnroe. Three years later, partnered with Richey Reneberg, Grabb won six doubles titles -- including the U.S. Open -- and was ranked No. 1 for five weeks; Grabb and Reneberg also reached the Wimbledon finals that year. Through 1999 (Jim's final year on the ATP tour), Grabb had won 23 doubles titles (out of 26 finals); he also competed in the Davis Cup for the United States. In 2000, Sports Illustrated ranked Grabb 17th among Arizona's 50 Greatest Sports Figures of the 20th Century (Olympic gymnast Kerri Strug was ranked 16th).

Tucson, Arizona

Physical description:
6'4", 180 pounds

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