By winning the deciding fifth sets of five-set matches in 19, he became the first American to do so since the competition originated in 1900. "I think the players are happy, especially the younger players, to have Jim Courier around and have his insight and experience. "We want the guys to do well individually, but this is about the U. team, and who better epitomizes what the team is about than Courier? Courier's intensity may have contributed to the burnout that marked the beginning of his downfall. "For Courier, If It's Monday, It's Almost Time to be No. Because each style has its own formatting nuances that evolve over time and not all information is available for every reference entry or article, cannot guarantee each citation it generates.Other noteworthy twilight career achievements include winning the U. Men's Clay Court Championship in 1998 and a quarterfinalist showing at the du Maurier Open in Canada in 1999. He attended a tennis camp in Bardmoor, Florida, run by Harry Hopman, the successful coach of strong Australian Davis Cup teams in the 1950s and 1960s.
Courier had the benefit of working for responsive coaches.
By age 11, he decided to forsake a promising Little League pitching career for tennis.
He captured his first Grand Slam in 1991 at the French Open, beating Andre Agassi in the first all-American final at Roland-Garros since 1954.
He achieved World No.1 ranking in 1992 and was named ATP Tour player of the year.
Courier, whose record in Grand Slam matches was 118-38, also represented the United States in the 1992 Summer Olympic Games in Barcelona, Spain, and collected more than $13.5 million in prize money while on the professional circuit.
However, his performance on the professional circuit fell into a steep, uncharacteristic dive following a strong start in 1993. "Wimbledon Still Stirs the Emotion of Its Players," USA Today, (July 3, 2001). "Jim Courier Biographical Essay." Biography Resource Center, (January 20, 2003).
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Courier introduced himself to the newest generation of tennis fans in summer 2001 when he signed a multi-year deal with Turner Sports to work as a television analyst, initially covering Wimbledon. Courier finished with a 506-237 record, 23 singles titles and the four Grand Slams.