Jim Courier was a two-time winner of the Australian Open and Roland Garros. He was No. 1 in the ATP singles rankings for 58 weeks between 1992 and 1993, while he rose to No. 20 in doubles, winning a career total of 23 major singles and six doubles tournaments.
Courier made his debut on the ATP tour in 1987 with two first-round losses in tournaments in Boston and Johannesburg. In the same year he achieved his first victory in a meeting of the Challenger circuit in Durban. He turned professional in 1988 and in January he won his first Challenger title in Vina del Mar by defeating Lawson Duncan 6-1, 6-1 in the final, his first top 100 defeat.
For the rest of the season he was engaged almost exclusively in the ATP tournaments, reaching the semifinals in Charleston and at the end of the season in Stockholm, where he eliminated world No. 22 Anders Järryd in the second round. He made his Grand Slam debut at the US Open that year by making it past the first round. In August he entered the top 100 for the first time and closed the year 43rd in the ATP rankings, his new best ranking.
In October 2010, he was named non-playing captain of the US Davis Cup team in place of Patrick McEnroe. Under his guidance the team never reached the final; They were defeated for the first time in the semifinal by Spain in 2012 and for the second time in 2018 by Croatia. After this last semi-final loss and eight years of little success, the Courier announced in September 2018 that he was stepping down from the job.
After his competitive career he has also become a popular face of various American television stations who have sent him to comment on the major tennis tournaments in the world and to interview the great champions who have participated. In 2004 he founded his own company InsideOut Sports & Entertainment and in 2005 he was one of the founders in the United States of the Outback Champions Series circuit for tennis players over 30, which would spread worldwide.