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Jim Courier
Jim Courier.jpg
Country  United States
Residence New York City, New York, USA
Date of birth August 17, 1970 (1970-08-17) (age 39)
Place of birth Sanford, Florida, USA
Height 6 ft 1 in (1.85 m)
Weight 182 lb (83 kg; 13.0 st)
Turned pro 1988
Retired 2000
Plays Right-handed; two-handed backhand
Career prize money $14,034,132
Int. Tennis HOF 2005 (member page)
Singles
Career record 506–237
Career titles 23 (27th in overall rankings)
Highest ranking No. 1 (February 20, 1992)
Grand Slam results
Australian Open W (1992, 1993)
French Open W (1991, 1992)
Wimbledon F (1993)
US Open F (1991)
Doubles
Career record 124–97
Career titles 6
Highest ranking No. 20 (October 9, 1989)
Last updated on: June 29, 2006.

James Spencer "Jim" Courier, Jr. (born August 17, 1970, in Sanford, Florida) is a former world number one professional tennis player from the United States. During his career, he won four Grand Slam singles titles – two at the French Open and two at the Australian Open.

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Tennis career

As a junior player in the 1980s, Courier attended the Nick Bollettieri Tennis Academy and won the prestigious Orange Bowl in 1986 and 1987, as well as the French Open junior doubles title in 1987.

Courier turned professional in 1988 and made his Grand Slam breakthrough at the 1991 French Open when he defeated Stefan Edberg and Michael Stich to reach his first Grand Slam final. In the final, he defeated his former Bollettieri Academy-mate Andre Agassi in five sets to win his first Slam. He made the quarterfinals of Wimbledon before losing to eventual champion Stich. At the US Open, he defeated defending champion Pete Sampras in the quarterfinals and then Jimmy Connors in the semifinals before losing the final to Edberg.

1992 saw Courier defeat Edberg to win the Australian Open; he then followed this result by defeating future Grand Slam champions Thomas Muster, Goran Ivanisevic, Agassi and Petr Korda to successfully defend his French Open title. Courier also enjoyed a 25 match winning streak during the season. In February of that year, he became the tenth player to reach the World No. 1 ranking since the ranking system was implemented in 1973, and first American since John McEnroe; he finished 1992 as the World No. 1 ranked player. Courier also was a member of the US team that won the 1992 Davis Cup. In 1992, Courier was the top seeded player at the Olympics in Barcelona where he lost in the third round to eventual gold medalist Marc Rosset from Switzerland.[1]

In 1993, Courier again won the Australian Open, defeating Edberg in the final for the second consecutive year. He reached his third consecutive French Open final, which he lost to Sergi Bruguera. He also reached the 1993 Wimbledon final, defeating Edberg in the semifinals, and lost to Sampras in four sets. Courier became the first player since Rod Laver to reach the finals of the Australian, French and Wimbledon in the same season; the feat was not matched until 2006 by Roger Federer. Courier again was part of the US team that won the 1995 Davis Cup.

1993 was a peak of sorts for Courier, as he never reached the same heights during the rest of his career. It is possible that he succumbed to the pressure of remaining on top of the rankings, or he didn't know what to do next after making it to the top of the mountain. Mats Wilander similarly experienced this, as evident in his rapid decline after winning 3 of the 4 majors and taking the number 1 ranking during 1998. Courier attracted some additional attention when he thumbed his way through a novel during the changeovers in a loss to Andrei Medvedev in the 1993 ATP Tour World Championship. "He's not himself right now," said Courier's coach after the match. "He's obviously not emotionally or psychologically at a level to compete with these guys. Toward me he's the same, but there are probably a lot more things going on in his life than in the first year we started working together. I think it's understandable. Most of the top players go through something like this. They have a little letdown, and then they regroup." [2]. His year end ranking reflected this trend, going from 13, 8, 26, 21, 77, 34, 290 in the years 1994-2000.

Courier captured a total of 23 singles titles and 6 doubles titles during his career. He spent a total of 58 weeks ranked as the World No. 1 in 1992 and 1993. He reached the finals of all four major championships during his career. Courier retired from the ATP tour in 2000. He was inducted into the International Tennis Hall of Fame in 2005.

After retirement from top-level tennis

Since his retirement as top-level player, Courier has served as a tennis analyst and commentator for the USA Network, NBC Sports, TNT and the Seven Network. Since 2005 Courier has headed the commentary for the host broadcaster of the Australian Open, The Seven Network. Courier calls all centre court men's singles matches for the network. He also conducts the post match on-court interviews with the winning player.

In 2004, Courier founded InsideOut Sport & Entertainment, a New York-based event promotion company that owns and operates the Outback Champions Series, the Ultimate Fantasy Camp, and the Legendary Nights exhibition series.

He also founded Courier's Kids, a non-profit organization that supports tennis programs in the inner city of St. Petersburg, Florida. Courier serves on the board of directors of the International Tennis Hall of Fame, Courier's Kids, First Serve, and The Gullikson Foundation.

Courier currently competes on the BlackRock Tour of Champions and the Outback Champions Series and in various charity exhibition matches. In 2004, he won three of the six BlackRock tournaments he played. In 2005, he finished as the No. 1-ranked player on that tour with two more tournament wins.

In March 2006, Courier won the Outback tournament in Naples, Florida, defeating Pat Cash in the final, and in Charlotte, North Carolina, defeating Todd Martin in the final. Courier finished the year as the No. 1 player in the Outback series. Courier is currently scheduled to play in the Outback Champions Series tournaments in Naples, Boston, Newport, Charlotte, Dallas, Houston and Dubai as well as select exhibitions and events worldwide.

Records

  • These records were attained in Open Era of tennis.
Grand Slam Years Record accomplished Player tied
French Open and Australian Open 1991-1993 Simultaneous holder of consecutive Australian and French Open titles Stands alone
Australian Open and French Open 1992 Simultaneous holder of Australian and French Open titles in calendar year Mats Wilander
Rod Laver
Australian Open 1992-93 2 consecutive wins Ken Rosewall
Guillermo Vilas
Johan Kriek
Mats Wilander
Stefan Edberg
Ivan Lendl
Andre Agassi
Roger Federer

Major finals

Grand Slam finals

Singles: 7 finals (4 titles, 3 runner-ups)

Outcome Year Championship Surface Opponent in the final Score in the final
Winner 1991 French Open Clay United States Andre Agassi 3–6, 6–4, 2–6, 6–1, 6–4
Runner-up 1991 US Open Hard Sweden Stefan Edberg 6–2, 6–4, 6–0
Winner 1992 Australian Open Hard Sweden Stefan Edberg 6–3, 3–6, 6–4, 6–2
Winner 1992 French Open (2) Clay Czechoslovakia Petr Korda 7–5, 6–2, 6–1
Winner 1993 Australian Open (2) Hard Sweden Stefan Edberg 6–2, 6–1, 2–6, 7–5
Runner-up 1993 French Open Clay Spain Sergi Bruguera 6–4, 2–6, 6–2, 3–6, 6–3
Runner-up 1993 Wimbledon Grass United States Pete Sampras 7–6(3), 7–6(6), 3–6, 6–3

ATP Tour Championships finals

Singles: 2 finals (2 runner-ups)

Outcome Year Championship Surface Opponent in the final Score in the final
Runner-up 1991 Frankfurt Hard (i) United States Pete Sampras 3–6, 7–6(5), 6–3, 6–4
Runner-up 1992 Frankfurt Hard (i) Germany Boris Becker 6–4, 6–3, 7–5

Masters Series finals

Singles: 5 finals (5 titles)

Outcome Year Championship Surface Opponent in the final Score in the final
Winner 1991 Indian Wells Hard France Guy Forget 4–6, 6–3, 4–6, 6–3, 7–6(4)
Winner 1991 Key Biscayne Hard United States David Wheaton 4–6, 6–3, 6–4
Winner 1992 Rome Clay Spain Carlos Costa 7–6(3), 6–0, 6–4
Winner 1993 Indian Wells (2) Hard South Africa Wayne Ferreira 6–3, 6–3, 6–1
Winner 1993 Rome (2) Clay Croatia Goran Ivanišević 6–1, 6–2, 6–2

Career finals

Singles (36)

Wins (23)

Legend
Grand Slam (4)
Year-End Championships (0)
ATP Masters Series (5)
ATP Championship Series (5)
ATP Tour (9)
Titles by Surface
Hard (17)
Grass (0)
Clay (5)
Carpet (1)
No. Date Tournament Surface Opponent in the final Score in the final
1. October 9, 1989 Basel, Switzerland Hard (i) Sweden Stefan Edberg 7–6(6), 3–6, 2–6, 6–0, 7–5
2. March 11, 1991 Indian Wells, USA Hard France Guy Forget 4–6, 6–3, 4–6, 6–3, 7–6(4)
3. March 25, 1991 Key Biscayne, USA Hard United States David Wheaton 4–6, 6–3, 6–4
4. June 10, 1991 French Open, Paris, France Clay United States Andre Agassi 3–6, 6–4, 2–6, 6–1, 6–4
5. January 27, 1992 Australian Open, Melbourne, Australia Hard Sweden Stefan Edberg 6–3, 3–6, 6–4, 6–2
6. April 13, 1992 Tokyo, Japan Hard Netherlands Richard Krajicek 6–4, 6–4, 7–6(3)
7. April 20, 1992 Hong Kong, UK Hard United States Michael Chang 7–5, 6–3
8. May 18, 1992 Rome, Italy Clay Spain Carlos Costa 7–6(3), 6–0, 6–4
9. June 8, 1992 French Open, Paris, France Clay Czech Republic Petr Korda 7–5, 6–2, 6–1
10. February 1, 1993 Australian Open, Melbourne, Australia Hard Sweden Stefan Edberg 6–2, 6–1, 2–6, 7–5
11. February 15, 1993 Memphis, USA Hard (i) United States Todd Martin 5–7, 7–6(4), 7–6(4)
12. March 8, 1993 Indian Wells, USA Hard South Africa Wayne Ferreira 6–3, 6–3, 6–1
13. May 17, 1993 Rome, Italy Clay Croatia Goran Ivanišević 6–1, 6–2, 6–2
14. August 23, 1993 Indianapolis, USA Hard Germany Boris Becker 7–5, 6–3
15. January 9, 1995 Adelaide, Australia Hard France Arnaud Boetsch 6–2, 7–5
16. March 6, 1995 Scottsdale, USA Hard Australia Mark Philippoussis 7–6(2), 6–4
17. April 17, 1995 Tokyo, Japan Hard United States Andre Agassi 6–4, 6–3
18. October 2, 1995 Basel, Switzerland Hard (i) Netherlands Jan Siemerink 6–7(2), 7–6(5), 5–7, 6–2, 7–5
19. March 4, 1996 Philadelphia, USA Carpet United States Chris Woodruff 6–4, 6–3
20. January 6, 1997 Qatar, Doha Hard United Kingdom Tim Henman 7–5, 6–7(5), 6–2
21. July 28, 1997 Los Angeles, USA Hard Sweden Thomas Enqvist 6–4, 6–4
22. October 6, 1997 Beijing, China Hard (i) Sweden Magnus Gustafsson 7–6(10), 3–6, 6–3
23. April 27, 1998 Orlando, USA Clay United States Michael Chang 7–5, 3–6, 7–5

Runner-ups (13)

No. Date Tournament Surface Opponent in the final Score in the final
1. September 9, 1991 US Open, New York City, USA Hard Sweden Stefan Edberg 6–2, 6–4, 6–0
2. November 18, 1991 ATP Championships, Frankfurt, Germany Carpet United States Pete Sampras 3–6, 7–6(5), 6–3, 6–4
3. February 10, 1992 San Francisco, USA Hard (i) United States Michael Chang 6–3, 6–3
4. February 17, 1992 Brussels, Belgium Carpet Germany Boris Becker 6–7(5), 2–6, 7–6(10), 7–6(5), 7–5
5. August 24, 1992 Indianapolis, USA Hard United States Pete Sampras 6–4, 6–4
6. November 23, 1992 ATP Championships, Frankfurt, Germany Carpet Germany Boris Becker 6–4, 6–3, 7–5
7. April 19, 1993 Hong Kong, UK Hard United States Pete Sampras 6–3, 6–7(1), 7–6(2)
8. June 7, 1993 French Open, Paris, France Clay Spain Sergi Bruguera 6–4, 2–6, 6–2, 3–6, 6–3
9. July 5, 1993 Wimbledon, London, UK Grass United States Pete Sampras 7–6(3), 7–6(6), 3–6, 6–3
10. April 18, 1994 Nice, France Clay Spain Alberto Berasategui 6–4, 6–2
11. October 24, 1994 Lyon, France Carpet Switzerland Marc Rosset 6–4, 7–6(2)
12. October 9, 1995 Toulouse, France Hard (i) France Arnaud Boetsch 6–4, 6–7(5), 6–0
13. February 26, 1999 Memphis, USA Hard (i) Germany Tommy Haas 6–4, 6–1

Men's doubles (11)

Wins (6)

No. Date Tournament Name Tournament Location Surface Partnering Opponent in Final Score in Final
1. May 22, 1989 Italian Open Rome Clay United States Pete Sampras Brazil Danilo Marcelino
Brazil Mauro Menezes
6–4, 6–3
2. May 14, 1990 Masters Series Hamburg Hamburg, Germany Clay Spain Sergi Bruguera Germany Udo Riglewski
Germany Michael Stich
7–6, 6–2
3. March 11, 1991 Newsweek Champions Cup Indian Wells, California, U.S. Hard Spain Javier Sánchez France Guy Forget
France Henri Leconte
7–6, 3–6, 6–3
4. April 19, 1993 Canadian Open Montreal, Canada Hard The Bahamas Mark Knowles Canada Glenn Michibata
United States David Pate
6–4, 7–6
5. January 9, 1995 Australian Hardcourt Championships Adelaide, Australia Hard Australia Patrick Rafter Zimbabwe Byron Black
Canada Grant Connell
7–6, 6–4
6. April 26, 1999 U.S. Men's Clay Court Championships Orlando, Florida, U.S. Clay Australia Todd Woodbridge United States Bob Bryan
United States Mike Bryan
7–6(4), 6–4

Runner-ups (5)

No. Date Tournament Name Tournament Location Surface Partnering Opponent in Final Score in Final
1. May 8, 1989 Forest Hills Classic Forest Hills, New York, U.S. Clay United States Pete Sampras United States Rick Leach
United States Jim Pugh
6–4, 6–2
2. May 21, 1990 Italian Open Rome Clay United States Martin Davis Spain Sergio Casal
Spain Emilio Sánchez
7–6, 7–5
3. April 11, 1994 Open Seat Barcelona, Spain Clay Spain Javier Sánchez Russia Yevgeny Kafelnikov
Czech Republic David Rikl
5–7, 6–1, 6–4
4. October 6, 1997 China Open Beijing, China Hard (i) United States Alex O'Brien India Mahesh Bhupathi
India Leander Paes
7–5, 7–6
5. January 11, 1999 Australian Hardcourt Championships Adelaide, Australia Hard United States Patrick Galbraith Brazil Gustavo Kuerten
Ecuador Nicolás Lapentti
6–4, 6–4

Major tournament singles performance timeline

Tournament 1987 1988 1989 1990 1991 1992 1993 1994 1995 1996 1997 1998 1999 2000 Career SR
Australian Open A A A 2R 4R W W SF QF QF 4R A 3R 1R 2 / 10
French Open A A 4R 4R W W F SF 4R QF 1R 2R 2R A 2 / 11
Wimbledon A A 1R 3R QF 3R F 2R 2R 1R 1R 1R 4R A 0 / 11
U.S. Open A 2R 3R 2R F SF 4R 2R SF A 1R A 1R A 0 / 10
Grand Slam SR 0 / 0 0 / 1 0 / 3 0 / 4 1 / 4 2 / 4 1 / 4 0 / 4 0 / 4 0 / 3 0 / 4 0 / 2 0 / 4 0 / 1 4 / 42
ATP Tour World Championships A A A A F F RR A RR A A A A A 0 / 4
Year End Ranking 346 43 24 25 2 1 3 13 8 26 21 77 34 290 N/A

A = did not participate in the tournament

SR = the ratio of the number of singles tournaments won to the number of those tournaments played

Outback Champions Series titles

NOTE: In Outback Champions Series tournaments, there are only two sets. A tiebreaker to ten is held instead of a third set.

References

  1. ^ David Wallechinsky and Jaime Louky, The Complete Book of the Olympics, 2008 edition. (London: Aurum, 2008), p. 1022.
  2. ^ http://www.nytimes.com/1993/11/19/sports/19iht-ten_7.html?pagewanted=1

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