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Jim Courier

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Country (sports)  United States
Name  Jim Courier
Children  Kellan Courier
Prize money  $14,034,132
Spouse  Susanna Lingman (m. 2010)
Retired  2000
Height  1.85 m
Turned pro  1988
Role  Tennis player

Jim Courier inside a tennis court

  Orlando, Florida, United States
Born  August 17, 1970 (age 53)  Sanford, Florida, United States (1970-08-17)
Plays  Right-handed (two-handed backhand)
Parents  Jim Courier, Linda Courier
Coach  Nick Bollettieri, Brad Stine, Jose Higueras, Harold Solomon
Similar People  Pete Sampras, Andre Agassi, Stefan Edberg, John McEnroe, Michael Chang

Jim courier 15 minutes with the tennis legend

James Spencer Courier Jr. (born August 17, 1970) is an American former World No. 1 professional tennis player. During his career, he won four Grand Slam singles titles, two at the French Open and two at the Australian Open. He holds the record for being the youngest man to have reached the finals of all four Grand Slam singles tournaments, at the age of 22 years and 11 months. He also won five Masters 1000 series titles. Until Novak Djokovic in 2016, Courier was the last man to win both the Australian and French Opens in the same calendar year.


Jim Courier wearing a blue shirt and a black Nike hat

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Tennis career

Courier was raised in Dade City, Florida and though he excelled at youth sports in general, after a certain point it became clear that tennis was where his true talent lay. As a junior player in the 1980s, Courier attended the Nick Bollettieri Tennis Academy and won the prestigious Orange Bowl in 1986 and 1987 (the first to win back-to-back titles since Björn Borg), as well as the French Open junior doubles title in 1987.

Jim Courier wearing a blue shirt

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 roommate 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.

Jim Courier while playing tennis wearing an orange sportswear and a hat

1992 saw Courier defeat Edberg to win the Australian Open, and he celebrated by jumping into the nearby Yarra River. He then followed this result by defeating future Grand Slam champions Thomas Muster, Goran Ivanišević, Agassi and Petr Korda to successfully defend his French Open title. Afterward, Courier charmed the Parisian crowd by delivering a victory speech in French. 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 the 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 he 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.

Jim Courier with his wife Susanna Lingman

In 1993, Courier again won the Australian Open, defeating Edberg in the final for the second consecutive year, and jumped into the Yarra a second time, but it was to be his last such celebration after contracting a stomach bug from the muddy and polluted river. He reached his third consecutive French Open final, which he lost to Sergi Bruguera in five sets. He also reached the 1993 Wimbledon final, defeating Edberg in the semifinals, and lost to Sampras in four sets. By reaching the Wimbledon final, Courier had reached the finals of all four Grand Slams at the age of 22, a record which still stands in men's singles. Courier also 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.

Jim Courier wearing a dark blue shirt and a jacket

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, a feat accomplished by only Seven other players in the Open Era. 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

Jim Courier got arrested

Since his retirement as a top-level player, Courier has served as a tennis analyst and commentator for the Tennis Channel, USA Network, NBC Sports, TNT, ITV, Sky Sports 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. Courier started working with the British channel ITV for the French Open in 2012. In 2015, Courier worked with the British channel Sky Sports for their US Open coverage. The Jim Courier Club House now stands on the grounds of the Dade City Little League complex in John S. Burks Memorial Park in Dade City, Florida. Courier is an alumnus of that Little League program.

In 2004, Courier founded InsideOut Sport & Entertainment, a New York-based event production company that owns and operates the Champions Series, Legendary Nights exhibitions as well as private corporate events.

He also founded Courier's Kids, a non-profit organization that supports tennis programs in the inner city of St. Petersburg, Florida.

Courier currently competes on the Champions Series and in various charity exhibition matches.

Jim Courier married Susanna Lingman in 2010.

On October 27, 2010, Courier was named captain of the United States Davis Cup team, replacing Patrick McEnroe.

Grand Slam finals

Finals: 7 (4 titles, 3 runners-up)

Year-End Championship

Finals: 2 (2 runners-up)

Masters Series

Finals: 5 (5 titles)


  • These records were attained in Open Era of tennis.
  • Professional Awards

  • ITF World Champion: 1992.
  • ATP Player of the Year: 1992.
  • Head-to-head

    Courier has the following head-to-head records against the listed opponents (No. 1 ranked players in boldface):

    Champions Series titles

  • 2005: Stanford Cup Houston – defeated Todd Martin 6–2, 6–3
  • 2006: Champions Cup Naples – defeated Pat Cash 6–4, 7–6(8)
  • 2006: The Championships at the Palisades – defeated Martin 5–7, 7–6(6), [10–4]
  • 2008: The Residences at the Ritz-Carlton Grand Cayman Legends Championship – defeated Wayne Ferreira 7–6(3), 7–6(1)
  • NOTE: In Champions Series tournaments, there are only two sets. A tiebreaker to ten is held instead of a third set.


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