John James was born in Adelaide, Australia where he learned and played junior tennis. He achieved a ranking of #6 in the Australian junior ranks.
At the age of 20 John began a career as a touring professional that lasted 10 years. During that time he played all the Grand Slams several times and was ranked among the top 100 singles player in the world. He also won several tour doubles, notably reaching the Australian Open doubles semi-finals in 1979.
At the age of 30 he retired to a teaching position, but continued to compete in Eastern and National tournaments. In 1986, he was ranked #1 Nationally in Men’s 35 singles. One of his most notable achievements in Eastern tournament play was winning 18 straight Eastern Masters Tournaments over a 4-year period from 1986-1989. The winning streak consisted of over 75 matches.
His vast tennis experience gives him the ability to teach all levels of students from the beginner to the advanced player. John is a member of the United States Professional Tennis Registry and an ATP Alumni member.