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Jim Courier

Category: Hall of Famers, Tennis & ATP
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Biography:

Reaching the finals of all four Grand Slams by the age of 22, professional tennis player and sports speaker Jim Courier continues to hold the record as the youngest man to accomplish such a feat in men’s singles. Courier turned professional in 1988 and began his record-breaking journey in the 1991 French Open when he defeated Andre Agassi, and in the same year made it to the quarterfinals of Wimbledon and the semifinals of the US Open. Courier’s Grand Slam victories continued in 1992 when he placed first at both the Australian Open and the French Open, finishing the year as the world’s number one ranked player, the tenth player to ever do so since the ranking system’s application in 1973. Applying his talent to a team-based context, Courier was also a member of the Davis Cup 1992 US champion team, as well as the top seeded player at the US Barcelona Olympics in 1992, where he made it to the third round.

Moving into 1993, Courier remained the reigning champion at the Australian Open, but lost in the final of the French Open to Sergi Bruguera. Although Courier also lost in the 1993 Wimbledon finals, his participation in the match against Pete Sampras made him the youngest man to ever qualify for all four Grand Slam singles. With a long list of matches up his sleeve, Courier became the first player since Rod Laver to reach the finals of the Australian Open, French Open, and Wimbledon. In 1995, Courier was again a member of the Davis Cup team, which won the tournament that year, too. Recognized for his world-renowned reputation and successful career, Courier’s legacy was cemented in 2005 when he was inducted into the International Tennis Hall of Fame.

As a continuing presence in tennis, Courier has served as a tennis analyst on networks such as NBC Sports, TNT, ITV, Seven Network and USA Network. He has also founded InsideOut Sport and Entertainment, which owns and operates the Champions exhibitions and private corporate events. He is actively involved in humanitarian efforts through his Courier’s Kids non-profit organization that aids tennis programs in the inner city of St. Petersburg, Florida. Courier continues to play tennis both on the Champion series, as well as various charity events. He was also named the captain of the US Davis Cup team in 2010, proving that he still has what it takes to remain a commanding force on and off of the court.