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02
Mar
11

Courier’s Davis Cup team are heavy favourites against Chile.

The American team that will take on Chile for the fifth time in the first round of the Davis Cup by BNP Paribas is a combination of experience and a touch of newish blood. Twenty years after his debut as a player in the first round against Mexico in Mexico City, Jim Courier makes his debut as a captain in Santiago. As a player Jim Courier had a very solid record in Davis Cup. Other than his last tie, which was against Australia in Boston in 1999, every time he was in the USA side, they won and there were 13 of those team triumphs. His win-loss record as a player was 16-10 in singles and 1-0 in doubles. Courier has transitioned from player to team coach to captain, a career he is naturally very proud of. He joked that the “way my body feels” he’s more than happy to be on the bench and let others do the work. “As far as being captain, this is a great gig obviously when you get guys like this on your team, who love Davis Cup, they love to be here, they love to support United States tennis,” Courier said. “They are ready to go to battle and give everything they’ve got. It’s a huge honour, a thrill. Sure, I am on the learning curve this week as well. I think we will be in good shape. I am very comfortable and at ease with all of these guys already and hoping they feel the same way. My job is to stay out of their way.”

Courier leads the massively experienced Andy Roddick, the still developing John Isner and the world’s best doubles combination Bob and Mike Bryan. Roddick is returning to the fold after taking a year off from Davis Cup, Isner has played just two ties before, while the Bryans have never lost a Davis Cup doubles rubber on red clay, the chosen surface at the Estadio Nacional.

27
Oct
10

Jim Courier a perfect choice for Davis Cup Captain!

Jim Courier will take over as coach of the United States Davis Cup team.

The 40-year-old will replace Patrick McEnroe, who resigned last month after 10 years in the post, and will take charge for the first round match against Chile in March. Courier was a two-time winner of both the US Open and the French Open while also reaching the final at Wimbledon and in the Australian Open, ending 1992 as the top ranked player. He also helped the United States win the Davis Cup in 1992 and 1995, and finished with a 16-10 record in singles, 1-0 in doubles. Courier, who has spent much of the last decade building a career in the media, immediately put his name forward for consideration for the captaincy role following McEnroe’s sudden decision to step down during this year’s US Open. “I definitely thought that being the captain would be something that I’d enjoy, and now I get to see if I will,” he said. “We’re certainly going to have a test down there, there’s no doubt about that, playing in South America, likely to be on clay.

“There’s been a great camaraderie amongst the guys playing for Patrick over the past decade, and if we can keep that same spirit, I think we’ll have a great chance to win. “There’s a lot of diversity on the squad. You’ve got the veteran players, with Andy Roddick, Mardy Fish, the Bryans, and hopefully James Blake can get back in the conversation.”

26
Mar
10

Jim Courier keeps going and going and going…

Jim Courier is hosting Monday night’s Tampa Tennis Classic at the St. Pete Times Forum, an exhibition event that has attracted notable American men’s players Andy Roddick and James Blake, along with top 15-ranked women’s standouts Victoria Azarenka (No. 6) and Vera Zvonarena (No. 14), plus doubles player Rennae Stubbs.

All proceeds benefit Raymond James Courier’s Kids, an inner-city youth tennis initiative that supports the First Serve tennis program at St. Petersburg’s Bartlett Park. Courier instituted the program eight years ago.

A product of Bradenton’s Nick Bollettieri Tennis Academy, Courier won 23 professional singles titles and earned more than $14 million in career prize money.

He will be 40 on Aug. 17.

“It doesn’t mean a ton to me right now, but maybe it will when I get up to it,” Courier said. “I’m not overly reflective about that line in the sand. I’m hoping to get there. It’s a good place to be.

“I’m pleasantly surprised with how I feel. Given the mileage I put my body through – like a car, it’s not necessarily about the years, but the mileage – I feel like my body has held up pretty well. That’s a lot of road work, court work, starting and stopping. It’s not what your body was built for. But I came out of it OK. I’m as excited and engaged in life as I ever have been.”




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