James Trotter

Player profile

  • Year Senior
  • Hometown Hyogo, Japan

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Career Ohio State Honors

  • All-Big Ten
    • First Team (2022)
    • Second Team (2020, 2021)
  • ITA Scholar-Athlete (2021)
  • Academic All-Big Ten (2021)
  • OSU Scholar-Athlete (2019, 2020, 2021)

2021-22 (Senior)

  • Had a record of 21-8 overall in singles, including a combined 6-0 mark at the No. 3 and No. 4 positions in the lineup
  • Was 17-11 in doubles and spent all season ranked in the top 20, including eight weeks at No. 2
  • Had a strong fall season, going 14-4 in doubles and reaching the finals of the ITA All-American Championship and the ITA Midwest Regional Championship
  • Won the ITA Midwest Singles Championship, beating teammate JJ Tracy in the finals
  • Was ranked all spring in singles, topping out at No. 26 for two weeks
  • Played in the No. 3-6 spots in the singles lineup and had a 14-4 record in team dual matches
  • Notched a pair of ranked wins in the spring and finished the year with five total
  • Competed in the NCAA Doubles Championship with Justin Boulais and won an opening round match over the No. 21 ranked team of Emile Hudd and Shunsuke Mitsui of Tennessee

2020-21 (Junior)

  • Had a great singles season, going 15-1 at the No. 3 spot
  • Was also ranked as high as No. 37 in doubles and finished with an 8-4 record
  • Dropped his singles match vs. Virginia in the ITA Kickoff on Jan. 23, and never lost a match the rest of the season
  • That run included a stretch of 11 consecutive match victories
  • Beat No. 97 Taha Baadi of Wake Forest to help lead the Buckeyes to an NCAA Tournament second round victory
  • Had a big 6-4 win at the No. 1 doubles spot vs. VCU in the NCAA Tournament opening round

2019-20 (Sophomore)

  • Stepped up his game in his second season, tying for the team lead in singles wins with 19 and was third with 17 doubles victories
  • Earned the nickname “Big Game James” for his clinching victories over No. 1 Southern Cal and No. 4 Wake Forest
  • Was ranked No. 40 in the final fall rankings and spent the whole spring ranked
  • Ascended into the doubles rankings at the start of the March at No. 65 with partner Justin Boulais
  • Advanced to the final round of qualifying at the season-opening All-American Championship in both singles and doubles
  • Made a run to the semifinals of the doubles draw at the ITA Midwest Regional with partner Justin Boulais
  • Was the best player at the Big Ten Singles and Doubles Championship, sweeping the singles and doubles crowns. Won the doubles title with partner Andrew Lutschaunig
  • Won his first 10 singles decisions in the spring and was 11-3 overall in dual singles matches
  • Had the match clinching win No. 65 Stefan Dostanic (6-4, 6-7(4), 6-2) in the Buckeyes 4-2 defeat of No. 1 Southern Cal
  • Followed that by providing the clinching point in the Buckeyes 4-3 win over No. 4 Wake Forest at the ITA Indoor Team National Championships. At 5-5 in the third, he held from 0-30 and then broke for the match-sealing victory

2018-19 (Freshman)

  • Finished the year with a 10-3 record in both singles and doubles
  • Mad a run to the semifinals of the singles draw at the Midwest Regional and because of that, finished the fall nationally ranked
  • Spent five weeks in the singles rankings with a season-high of 103
  • Won the Big Ten Doubles Championship in the fall with Alex Kobelt
  • Also joined Kobelt for a win over the No. 46 ranked team of Phillip Henning and Walker Duncan of Georgia in the spring
  • Spent the final six weeks of the season ranked in the doubles rankings with a high ranking of No. 45
  • Went 3-1 in Big Ten singles matches

Prior to Ohio State

  • Qualified for the main draw in both singles and doubles at the 2017 Junior Championships at Wimbledon
  • Reached the quarterfinals at the 2017 Osaka Mayor’s Cup – World Super Junior Tennis Championships
  • Won a doubles title at the HCL Asian Junior Tennis Championships in 2017
  • Was ranked as high as No. 86 in the ITF Junior rankings
  • Led Sundai Kofu to an Inter-High School championship
  • Was a semifinalist in the Boys U16 singles championship


  • Son of Robert and Yoshiko Trotter
  • Has a one brother, Sean
  • Featured on a TV show with world renowned coach Bob Brett which stemmed from participating in the Shuzo • • Challenge with
  • Japanese tennis star Shuzo Matsuoka