Jim Courier

May 9 2000: The day Jim Courier announced his retirement from professional tennis

On this day, May 9, 2000, former world No 1 Jim Courier from the United States announced his retirement from professional tennis, just a few months before turning 30. Now ranked No 67, he had dominated tennis in the early 1990s. A four-time Grand Slam champion, Courier was part of a golden generation of Americans, together with Pete Sampras, Andre Agassi and Michael Chang, who would leave an indelible mark on tennis history. Courier was also loyal to the Davis Cup and when the USA’s best players united, they won the trophy twice, in 1992 and 1995. He was the first among these champions, who had almost grown up together, to put an end to his career, six weeks after his last match in Miami, where he lost to Thomas Enqvist 6-7, 6-3, 6-4.
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February 10, 1992: The day Jim Courier became world No 1 for the first time

On this day, February 10, 1992, shortly after having claimed his second Grand Slam title at the Australian Open, Jim Courier became world No 1 for the first time, overtaking Stefan Edberg, whom he had defeated in the final in Melbourne. The American would remain on top of the ATP rankings for six weeks at the time, but he would be No 1 for 58 weeks in total until the middle of 1993, when Pete Sampras would become the undisputed leader on the Tour.

"Alexander Zverev is going to be a real factor in the No. 1 conversation" says Jim Courier

Former world No. 1 Jim Courier definitely thinks Daniil Medvedev and Alexander Zverev have a shot at reaching the No. 1 ranking. Courier got the chance to watch both of them play at the Australian Open in Melbourne and he was left impressed by Medvedev and a bit disappointed by Zverev. Despite that, he still thinks Zverev will be a factor in the race for the number one spot as Courier sees him and Medvedev as the top candidates to get the job done.

October 8, 1989: The day Jim Courier won his first title

On this day, October 8, 1989, future world No 1 Jim Courier claimed his maiden title in Basel, Switzerland. To achieve that feat, the American upset world No 3 Stefan Edberg in the final (7-6, 3-6, 2-6, 6-0, 7-5). It was only his second win against a top 10 player, but it was not the last: at the start of 1992, having claimed two Grand Slam titles, Courier would become world No 1. This was also the first encounter between two future rivals who would face each other in three major finals.