James Hignett
Height: 5'10"
Weight: 164
Year: Junior
Hometown: Cardiff, Wales
High School: Reed's School
Experience: 2 Letters

2012-13: Sophomore Season

Hignett had a successful 2012-13 season on the tennis court and in the classroom. Hignett was awarded the Mountain West Scholar-Athlete award for Spring 2013. He was also honored as an ITA Scholar-Athlete for maintaining a minimum 3.5 GPA. Hignett ended the season with an overall singles record of 20-13. He also came out ahead in conference play (3-1) as well as in doubles competition (25-14).

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:

"James has one of the most dynamic and destructive game styles on the team. If he plays at his mental best, he will win a lot of matches for us this year. 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."