The US Davis Cup Captain and former world #1 tennis player Jim Courier will be visiting the Greenville Country Club next week for the Rodney Street Tennis & Tutoring Association‘s Spring Benefit. The local non-profit organization combines tennis instruction with classroom lessons to motivate at-risk youth. While this is the fifth year that RSTTA has brought a well-known tennis figure to Delaware, it’s the first time Rodney Street has landed a legend who was ranked #1 in the world for 58 weeks of his career.
Courier was a singles champion who twice won the Australian Open (’92 and ’93) and the French Open (’91 and ’92) and reached the finals of Wimbledon and the US Open. He has achieved success on and off the court with loads of talent, endless hours of practice and the drive to win. Courier has continued his distinctive career as a commentator for The Tennis Channel and is the founder and manager of a seniors tennis tour that includes former champions Andy Roddick, Pete Sampras, Andre Agassi, John McEnroe, Patrick Rafter and, of course, Courier.
TSD: Your dedication, focus and hard work were undoubtedly important aspects of your professional success. Is there something about tennis that requires a higher level of commitment from pro tennis athletes?
TSD: When you were playing on tour, did you think much about what you would do post-tennis, and did it look anything like what you are doing now? And do you have any advice for aspiring pros about being successful in life after their playing careers?
TSD: How much coaching do you offer versus cheering in your role as Davis Cup captain? Are the players receptive to pointed guidance?
Courier: I enjoy working with the US players and their personal coaches as a consultant and resource to be drawn upon as needed. It’s been rewarding to spend time with the players and try to help them improve along the way.
TSD: We’re delighted to have you in Delaware this week. Have you ever visited the First State?
Courier: I played team tennis in Delaware many years ago. And I am looking forward to coming back to Wilmington next week!
The RSTTA Spring Benefit is next Thursday, May 8, and tickets to the event are still available at www.rstta.org.