Jim Courier


Jim Courier


James Spencer Courier, Jr. is an American professional tennis player who was born on August 17, 1970. He was raised in Dade City, Florida. Even though he was said to have excelled in youth sports in general, an inclination toward tennis could be seen early on. In the 1980s, Jim attended the Nick Bolletieri Tennis Academy. He became its junior player and won the prestigious Orange Bowl in 1986-1987. He also won the French Open Junior Doubles title in 1987. Jim started to play professionally in 1988. He ranked as the world’s number 1 player in 1992 and 1993 and remained there for 58 weeks.

At 22, he had already won four Grand Slam singles titles, he was the youngest man to get to the finals. He has also succeeded in winning 5 Masters 1000 Series titles. In the year 2000, he retired from the ATP tour, and in 2005, he was inducted into the International Tennis Hall of Fame. Jim founded a non-profit organization called Courier’s Kids and InsideOut Sports & Entertainment which supports tennis programs in St. Petersburg, Florida. He has been married to Susanna Lingman since 2010.

Despite his all these achievements, he attracted some negative attention in November 1999 after he was arrested for drunk-driving. He was reported to have ran a red light in the University of Georgia campus. This transpired around 2:30 am. He was taken to the Clarke County Jail and was later released on bond.