James Hignett

James Hignett

Player Profile


Cardife, Wales

High School:
Reed's School

Height / Weight:
5-10 / 164




Men's Tennis Program a Haven for Scholar-Athletes

Five of nine Mountain West Scholar-Athletes wear Cherry & Silver


Lobos Travel to Face Air Force*

Lobos travel to Colorado Springs, Colo. to face Air Force*


Aztecs Sneak Past UNM 4-3

UNM falls to San Diego State 4-3


Lobos Edge Past Wolfpack 4-3

UNM defeats Nevada with a score of 4-3 away


Lobos Travel to Face Nevada and #42 San Diego State

Lobos will travel to face Nevada and #42 San Diego State


Lobo Men's Tennis vs. Boise State

The Estes Tennis Center saw UNM drop a tight contest to Boise State in a battle of ranked teams on Senior Day

2012 Fall: Sophomore Season

James Hignett took the #2 seed at the Midland Collegiate Invitational to three sets.

2011-12: Freshman Season

Hignett posted an overall singles record of 9-8 and an overall doubles record of 30-9, which is competitive for fourth all-time for most doubles wins in a season. He received the Mountain West Academic All-Conference Award for spring 2012. He also won the UNM Balloon Fiesta doubles title with partner Ben Dunbar. Hignett defeated the number nine seed at the ITA Regional Invitational, University of Idaho's Marius Cirstea, in the first round of singles.

Prior to UNM

Hignett ("Higgs") is a 2011 graduate from Reed's School in Cardife, Wales. He won the World's School Championship and the British Junior Indoor Championship in singles. He was ranked in the top five British Juniors.


He is the son of Jenny and John Hignett and has two siblings, Christopher and Rachel. His sister Rachel plays for the Wales girl's football team. He enjoys listening to music and playing soccer. His favorite athlete is Rafael Nadal. He plans to major in Exercise Science.

Head Coach Alan Dils on Hignett:

"He is another talented individual. I think he needs to understand the strengths and weaknesses of his game. He needs to apply those strengths and weaknesses to his game style and how he goes about winning his matches. The more comfortable he gets with understanding his strengths and weaknesses and putting that into his game, he will certainly become a much better player. He is certainly capable of beating anyone on any given day, but really understanding the strengths and weaknesses and incorporating that into your game on a daily basis means that you will win the matches that you should win and some players that may be better than you are talent-wise. That is his big goal for this year is to become more consistent in his play and understanding his strengths and weaknesses and putting that into play day in and day out."