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Jim Courier

James Spencer "Jim" Courier, Jr. (b. August 17, 1970, in Sanford, Florida) is a former World No. 1 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. In 2004, he co-founded InsideOut Sports & Entertainment, a New York City based sports event company. He also co-founded Courier's Kids, a non-profit organization that supports after school tennis and education programs.
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. Courier turned professional in 1988 and made his Grand Slam breakthrough in 1991 when he won the French Open singles title, defeating his former Bollettieri Academy-mate Andre Agassi in five sets. He also reached the final of the US Open that year, where he lost to Stefan Edberg. 1992 saw Courier win both the Australian Open and French Open titles and enjoy a 25 match winning streak. 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. 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 1993, Courier again won the Australian Open. He reached his third consecutive French Open final, which he lost to Sergi Bruguera. He also reached the 1993 Wimbledon final, which he lost to Pete Sampras. Courier again was part of the US team that won the 1995 Davis Cup. 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 was the first tour player to regularly wear a baseball cap while on court. He was known as being a huge baseball fan, his favorite team having been the Cincinnati Reds. Courier retired from the professional tour in 2000. He was inducted into the International Tennis Hall of Fame in 2005.

Grand Slam singles finals

Year Championship Position Opponent Score
1991 French Open Champion Andre Agassi 3-6, 6-4, 2-6, 6-1, 6-4
1992 Australian Open Champion Stefan Edberg 6-3, 3-6, 6-4, 6-2
1992 French Open Champion Petr Korda 7-5, 6-2, 6-1
1993 Australian Open Champion Stefan Edberg 6-2, 6-1, 2-6, 7-5
1991 U.S. Open Runner-Up Stefan Edberg 6-2, 6-4, 6-0
1993 French Open Runner-Up Sergi Bruguera 6-4, 2-6, 6-2, 3-6, 6-3
1993 Wimbledon Runner-Up Pete Sampras 7-6, 7-6, 3-6, 6-3

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