Tennis - Former World No. 1 Jim Courier says he loves commentating about tennis as it gives him a chance to watch the top players play tennis and chase history. In an interview to The Sydney Morning Herald, Courier says, "It's a thrill to be at the big tournaments for me.
That's what really gets me excited from a commentary standpoint, from a fan standpoint, just watching the best players in the world chase history. So to get a chance to be a part of Nine's team as we embark on this new journey together, building something special together, at a really special event for me personally."
Courier will be part of Channel Nine's coverage of the Australian Open along with two other former greats - John McEnroe and Lleyton Hewitt. "I don't think the three of us will be working together in the same space.
It will be variable. I know John also works for an American broadcaster during the tournament, so he won't always be available for Channel Nine, but he'll be very visible. He'll do plenty. I just played him twice about two weeks ago.
He's a great competitor and still treats everything like it's the 1980 Wimbledon final." Courier's humour and candor with the top stars have made him one of the favourites with the fans and the players. "There's a couple of things.
First of all, the players have just won a match and typically it's on Rod Laver Arena, so the players are in a really good mood. So you start from that and that's a huge advantage. Then you factor in that I've played and that I'm not a journalist – I'm a former player and I've been sent out there and I'm not going out there to ambush them – although sometimes I might ask them questions that might make them a little off-kilter, but I hope it's coming across in a good way."