James “Jim” Spencer Courier Jr. is an American former world No. 1 professional tennis player. For 15 years, he has been the main commentator on the Australian Open for the host broadcaster the Seven Network and now the Nine Network. During his career, he won four Grand Slam singles titles, two at the French Open and two at the Australian Open, he holds the record for being the youngest man to have reached the finals of all four Grand Slam singles tournaments, at the age of 22 years and 11 months. He won five Masters 1000 series titles; until Novak Djokovic in 2016, Courier was the last man to win both the Australian and French Open titles in the same calendar year. Courier was raised in Dade City and though he excelled at youth sports in general, after a certain point it became clear that tennis was where his true talent lay; as a junior player in the 1980s, Courier attended the Nick Bollettieri Tennis Academy and won the prestigious Orange Bowl in 1986 and 1987, as well as the French Open junior doubles title in 1987.
Courier turned professional in 1988 and made his Grand Slam breakthrough at the 1991 French Open when he defeated Stefan Edberg and Michael Stich to reach his first Grand Slam final. In the final he defeated his former Bollettieri Academy roommate Andre Agassi in five sets to win his first Slam, he made the quarterfinals of Wimbledon before losing to eventual champion Stich. At the US Open he defeated defending champion Pete Sampras in the quarterfinals and Jimmy Connors in the semifinals, before losing the final to Edberg. 1992 saw Courier defeat Edberg to win the Australian Open, he celebrated by jumping into the nearby Yarra River. He followed this result by defeating future Grand Slam champions Thomas Muster, Goran Ivanišević, Agassi and Petr Korda to defend his French Open title. Afterward, Courier charmed the Parisian crowd by delivering a victory speech in French. Courier enjoyed a 25-match winning streak during the season. In February of that year he became the tenth player to reach the world no. 1 ranking since the ranking system was implemented in 1973, the first American since John McEnroe.
Courier was a member of the US team that won the 1992 Davis Cup. In 1992 he was the top-seeded player at the Olympics in Barcelona, where he lost in the third round to eventual gold medalist Marc Rosset from Switzerland. In 1993, Courier again won the Australian Open, defeating Edberg in the final for the second consecutive year, jumped into the Yarra a second time, but it was to be his last such celebration after contracting a stomach bug from the muddy and polluted river, he reached his third consecutive French Open final. He reached the 1993 Wimbledon final, defeating Edberg in the semifinals, lost to Sampras in four sets. By reaching the Wimbledon final, Courier had reached the finals of all four Grand Slams at the age of 22, a record which still stands in men's singles. Courier became the first player since Rod Laver to reach the finals of the Australian and Wimbledon in the same season. Courier again was part of the US team. Courier captured a total of 6 doubles titles during his career.
He spent a total of 58 weeks ranked as the World No. 1 in 1992 and 1993. He reached the finals of all four major championships during his career, a feat accomplished by only seven other players in the Open Era. Courier retired from the ATP tour in 2000, he was inducted into the International Tennis Hall of Fame in 2005. Since his retirement as a top-level player, Courier has served as a tennis analyst and commentator for the Tennis Channel, USA Network, NBC Sports, TNT, ITV, Sky Sports and the Seven and Nine Network. Since 2005 Courier has headed the commentary for the host broadcaster of the Australian Open, Seven from 2005 to 2018 and Nine since 2019. Courier calls many centre court men's singles matches for the network and conducts the post match on-court interviews with the winning player, he has provided special comments on the network's Wimbledon coverage since 2013. Courier started working with the British channel ITV for the French Open in 2012. In 2015, Courier worked with the British channel Sky Sports for their US Open coverage.
The Jim Courier Club House now stands on the grounds of the Dade City Little League complex in John S. Burks Memorial Park in Dade City, Florida. Courier is an alumnus of that Little League program. In 2004, Courier founded InsideOut Sport & Entertainment, a New York-based event production company that owns and operates the Champions Series, Legendary Nights exhibitions as well as private corporate events, he founded Courier's Kids, a non-profit organization that supports tennis programs in the inner city of St. Petersburg, Florida. Courier competes on the Champions Series and in various charity exhibition matches. Jim Courier married Susanna Lingman in 2010. On October 27, 2010, Courier was named captain of the United States Davis Cup team, replacing Patrick McEnroe. Courier stepped down from the role after the 2018 semi final defeat to Croatia. Courier had led his country with two semi final appearances during his captaincy. Finals: 7 Finals: 2 Finals: 5 These records were attained in Open Era of tennis.
ITF World Champion: 1992. ATP Player of the Year: 1992. Courier has the following head-to-head records against the listed opponents: 2005: Stanford Cup Houston – defeated Todd Martin 6–2, 6–3 2006: Champions Cup Naples – defeated Pat Cash 6–4, 7–6 2006: T
Ronald Jean-Martin Agénor is a former professional tennis player who represented Haiti during his playing career. He is the only Haitian to have earned a Top 25 world ranking in singles, reaching as high as World No. 22 in May 1989. Agénor is the son of a former Haitian Diplomat at the United Nations and Minister of Agriculture of Haiti, he is the youngest of a family of six children and learned how to play tennis in Congo in 1974 and discovered competitive tennis in Bordeaux, France in 1978 under the wing of his brother, Lionel. He trained with the French Tennis Federation training program during one year at the Ligue de Guyenne in Bordeaux and was ranked #8 junior player in the world in 1982, he turned pro in 1983 and retired from Professional tennis in 2002 and opened the Ronald Agenor Tennis Academy in Los Angeles, California. In a career spanning 19 years, he reached the quarter finals at the French Open in 1989 by beating Carl Limberger, Tim Mayotte, Claudio Pistolesi and Sergi Bruguera before losing to champion Michael Chang.
He got to the fourth round of both the US Open and French Open in 1988. He represented Haiti in the Olympics in Los Angeles in 1984, in Seoul in 1988, in Atlanta in 1996 and won 3 ATP Tour World titles in Athens and Berlin. At the French Open in 1994, he defeated David Prinosil, 14/12 in the fifth set and broke the previous record of the longest match in the number of games in the history of the French Open since the open era held by Emilio Sanchez. In 1987, his final against Yannick Noah from France, was the first ATP World Tour tennis final between two players of color in men's professional tennis history. After a break from the pro circuit, Agénor made a comeback in 1999 becoming, at 35 years of age, the oldest player to reach top 100 in the world since Jimmy Connors did it in 1991. In 2000, he represented and led the Lido Luzern Tennis Club in Switzerland to its first Swiss National title in 100 years. In 2001, at 37 years of age, he finished the year ATP ranked #186 appearing in a final against David Nalbandian from Argentina.
In 2010, Agénor played an exhibition match with John McEnroe, competed against Pat Cash, defeated Patrick Rafter at the Delray Beach Champions Tour Event and was featured on the ATP Uncovered Video Series "Ronald Agenor Uncovered". The interview was broadcast on all the major TV Channels around the world, he participated in various Charity and Fundraising Events for Haiti such as the "Hit For Haiti" in Indian Wells. In 2011, he defeated legend Bjorn Borg, Pat Cash at the Marbella Masters in Spain. Ronald was once Honorary Consul of Haiti in Bordeaux and speaks several languages fluently, he is today an ambassador for Peace and Sport, an organization under the High Patronage of Prince Albert II of Monaco. In 1989, he was Honorary Consul of Haiti in France. In 2006, the city of Castelnau de Médoc, in wine country region of Bordeaux in France, named its newly built tennis facility after Ronald "Salle Ronald Agénor". In 2018, he was inducted into the Black Tennis Hall of Fame in a ceremony held at George Washington University, in Washington DC, the tennis court “Court Ronald Agénor” was inaugurated in the Bordeaux Wine region, at Sainte Terre Tennis Club, France.
During the inauguration, Ronald was officially made member for life of the “Confrérie de la Lamproie”. Ronald is a passionate musician and has been playing the guitar since the age of 15, he had made several recordings and his new album "22" is available for preview on iTunes and CD Baby. Today, whose life seems to be based on strings, spends most of his time between coaching the game of tennis at his Tennis Academy in Le Teich and around the world, his family, music, he was ranked the No. 8 junior in the world in 1982. In 1989, Agénor reached the quarter-finals of the French Open, won his first top-level singles title at Athens. In 1990, Agénor won two further tour singles titles at Genoa, he competed in three Summer Olympic Games, in 1984, 1988 and 1996. In 1999, Agénor finished the year ranked World No. 98 and became the first player aged over 35 to finish in the top-100 since Jimmy Connors in 1992. Agénor competed in his propreantepenultimate ATP-sanctioned tour event in July 2006 at the Aptos Futures event after a four-year layoff from tour tennis, losing 3–6, 4–6 in the first round.
In 2009, he entered qualifying for the Genova Challenger in singles, but retired in the first round, trailing 2–4. In 2012, Agénor entered the doubles draw of Futures events in Casablanca and Edwardsville. Partnering Takanyi Garanganga, he came up short in his final match 4–6, 2–6. Agénor has recorded music as a rock musician, he is a member of the'Champions for Peace' club, a group of more than 90 famous elite created by Peace and Sport, a Monaco-based international organization placed under the High Patronage of H. S. H Prince Albert II; this group of top level champions, wish to make sport a tool for dialogue and social cohesion. Http://www.peace-sport.org/our-champions-of-peace/ Official website Ronald Agénor at the Association of Tennis Professionals Ronald Agénor at the International Tennis Federation Ronald Agénor at the Davis Cup
Ivan Lendl is a retired Czech-American professional tennis player. He is considered among the greatest in the sport's history, he finished his career with 94 singles titles. At the majors he was runner-up a record 11 times, he won seven year-end championships. Lendl pioneered a new style of tennis. After retirement he became a tennis coach of multiple players, has helped Andy Murray win three major titles and reach the No. 1 ranking. Lendl was born into a tennis family in Moravian-Silesian Region, Czechoslovakia, his parents were top players in Czechoslovakia, his mother Olga, born Jeništová, was at one point ranked the no. 2 female player in the country. Lendl first came to the tennis world's attention as a junior player. In 1978, he won the boys' singles titles at both the French Open and Wimbledon and was the world No. 1 ranked junior player. Lendl turned professional in 1978. After reaching his first top-level singles final in 1979, he won seven singles titles in 1980, including three tournament wins in three consecutive weeks on three different surfaces.
Lendl was part of Czechoslovakia's Davis Cup winning team that year. He was the driving force behind the country's team in the first half of the 1980s, was part of the Czechoslovak team that won the World Team Cup in 1981 and was runner-up in 1984 and 1985. However, he stopped playing in these events after he moved to the United States in 1986 because Czechoslovakia's Tennis Association viewed him as an "illegal defector" from their country; the success continued in 1981, as he won ten titles, including his first season-ending Masters Grand Prix tour title, defeating Vitas Gerulaitis in five sets. He relocated to the United States in 1981, first living at the home of mentor and friend, Wojtek Fibak. In 1982, he won 15 of the 23 singles tournaments he had a 44-match winning streak. Lendl competed on the World Championship Tennis tour, where he won all ten tournaments he entered, including his first WCT Finals, where he defeated John McEnroe in straight sets, he faced McEnroe again in the Masters Grand Prix final and won in straight sets to claim his second season-ending championship of the WCT.
In an era when tournament prize money was rising due to the competition between two circuits, Lendl's title victories made him the highest-earning tennis player of all time. Lendl won another seven tournaments in 1983, he reached his first Grand Slam final at the French Open in 1981, where he lost in five sets to Björn Borg. Lendl's second came at the US Open in 1982. In 1983, he was the runner-up at both the US Open. In July 1983, Lendl played three exhibition matches in Sun City, South Africa, in the apartheid-era bantustan of Bophuthatswana; the Czechoslovak Sport Federation, controlled by the Communist Party, expelled him from the Czechoslovak Davis Cup team and fined him $150,000. Lendl disputed the fine. In 1984, Lendl bought his own house in Connecticut. Lendl's first Grand Slam title came at the 1984 French Open, where he defeated McEnroe in a long final. Down two sets to love, trailing 4–2 in the fourth set, Lendl came back to claim the title 3–6, 2–6, 6–4, 7–5, 7–5. McEnroe subsequently beat Lendl in straight sets in both finals of the US Open 1984 and Volvo Masters 1984.
Lendl lost in the final of the 1985 French Open to Mats Wilander. He faced McEnroe again in the final of the US Open, winning in straight sets, it was the first of three consecutive US Open titles for Lendl and part of a run of eight consecutive US Open finals. He reached the WCT Finals for the last time, defeating Tim Mayotte in three sets, he won the Masters Grand Prix title for the third time, defeating Boris Becker in straight sets. He won French Open titles in 1986 and 1987, as well as the season-ending 1986 and 1987 Masters Grand Prix championship titles, where he defeated Becker in straight sets and Wilander in three sets; this took him to his last Grand Prix year-end tour title. In each year from 1985 through 1987, Lendl's match-winning percentage was over 90%; this record was equalled by Roger Federer in 2004–2006, but Lendl remains the only male tennis player with over 90% match wins in five different years. From the 1985 US Open to the 1988 Australian Open, Lendl reached ten consecutive Grand Slam singles semifinals — a record, broken by Federer at the 2007 Australian Open.
Lendl began 1989 by winning his first Australian Open title with a straight sets final victory over Miloslav Mečíř, went on to win 10 titles out of 17 tournaments he entered. Lendl defended his Australian Open title in 1990; the only Grand Slam singles title Lendl never managed to win was Wimbledon. After reaching the semi-finals in 1983 and 1984, he reached the final twice, losing in straight sets to Becker in 1986 and Pat Cash in 1987, he lost to Becker on both occasions. In 1990, Lendl put in intensive efforts to improve his grass court game, he switched to a larger headed racket and skipped the 1990 French Open in order to spend more time practising on grass. He won the Queen's Club Championships, with comfortable strai
Pacific Palisades, Los Angeles
Pacific Palisades is a coastal neighborhood in the Westside of the city of Los Angeles, located among Brentwood to the east and Topanga to the west, Santa Monica to the southeast, the Santa Monica Bay to the southwest, the Santa Monica Mountains to the north. It is about 9 miles northwest of the UCLA campus; the area has about 24,651 residents. Of those residents it is estimated that 11,799 are males and 12,852 are females, it is a residential area, with a mixture of large private homes, small houses and apartments. In 1911, film director Thomas Ince created his Western film factory, "Inceville", which at its peak employed nearly 600 people. A decade the Rev. Charles H. Scott and the Southern California Methodist Episcopal Church bought the land. Believers lived in tents during construction. By 1925, the Palisades had 100 homes. In one subdivision, streets were named for Methodist missionaries; the tents were replaced by cabins by bungalows, by multimillion-dollar homes. The climate of the area was a big selling point.
Temperatures are much cooler than inland Los Angeles during summer, but sunnier and less foggy than areas south along the coast. During their exile from Nazi Germany in the 1930s and 40s, many German and Austrian intellectuals and artists associated with the Exilliteratur settled in Pacific Palisades, including Thomas Mann at, Lion Feuchtwanger, Theodor W. Adorno, Vicki Baum, Oskar Homolka and Emil Ludwig. Villa Aurora on Paseo Miramar, the Spanish colonial home of Feuchtwanger and his wife, became the focal point of the expatriate community, nicknamed "Weimar by the Sea". For many decades there was a virtual ban on drinking alcohol in the district, a Chinese restaurant, House of Lee, held the only liquor license; the Methodist Church created a Chautauqua Conference Grounds in Temescal Canyon. The Presbyterian Synod purchased the property in 1943 and used it as a private retreat center until the Santa Monica Mountains Conservancy purchased the property in 1994 to become Temescal Gateway Park.
The Via Mesa and The Huntington Palisades are the neighborhoods that border the "village" proper to the south of Sunset Boulevard, overlooking the ocean. The Via Mesa is located between Temescal Canyon on Potrero Canyon on the east. Both of these neighborhoods are within walking distance to The Village and sit upon high bluffs that look out over the Pacific Ocean; this area is home to the largest park of the Palisades: the 117-acre Palisades Park which has four baseball diamonds, eight tennis courts, two indoor basketball courts, a hockey rink, dog parks, a number of playgrounds. The El Medio Mesa is located south of Sunset Boulevard beginning about a quarter mile west of The Village, across Temescal Canyon – just past Palisades Charter High School; the El Medio Mesa extends for a long distance from Temescal Canyon all the way to where Sunset Boulevard meets the Pacific Coast Highway. As with The Via Bluffs and The Huntington Palisades, The El Medio Bluffs are located on a high ridge overlooking the Pacific Ocean.
Castellammare is located along the Pacific Coast Highway on small bluffs much closer to sea-level, north of where Sunset Boulevard meets the PCH. This is the home of the Getty Villa and the narrow, winding streets in this neighborhood have Italian names and ocean breezes. Palisades Highlands is a community near the end of Sunset Blvd. Bordering Topanga, about five minutes away from the center of Pacific Palisades; the Highlands could be considered its own separate community high up the hill overlooking the ocean, up Palisades Drive. Rustic Canyon is the neighborhood east of Chautauqua Boulevard that dips into Santa Monica Canyon and includes the Will Rogers State Historic Park; the neighborhood features post-war homes located on the former polo field of The Uplifters, the original site of The Uplifters clubhouse, "cabins" developed as second homes and weekend retreats. This area is known as Uplifter's Ranch; the Riviera is a Palisades neighborhood located two miles east of The Palisades Village and features The Riviera Country Club, a country club, streets named after various locations in the French and Italian Riviera.
The neighborhood is divided into south sections by Sunset Boulevard. It borders Brentwood; the Riviera Country Club hosts the Genesis Open on the PGA Tour in February. Riviera has hosted three major championships: the U. S. Open in 1948 and the PGA Championship in 1983 and 1995. Ben Hogan won three times in less than 18 months at the course, it became known as "Hogan's Alley." The country club will host golf during the 2028 Summer Olympics. In 2009, the Los Angeles Times's "Mapping L. A." project supplied these Pacific Palisades statistics: population: 25,507 residents in the 22.84-square-mile neighborhood—1,048 people per square mile, among the lowest population densities for the city and the county. Every Fourth of July, the community's Chamber of Commerce sponsors day-long events which include 5K and 10K runs, a parade down Sunset Boulevard, a fireworks display at Palisades High School football field; the district includes some large parklands and many hiking trails. The Los Angeles Department of Recreation and Parks operates several recreational faci
Yannick Noah is a former professional tennis player and singer from France. He won the French Open in 1983, is the captain of both France's Davis Cup and Fed Cup team. During his career, which spanned two decades, Noah captured a total of 23 singles titles and 16 doubles titles, reaching a career-high singles ranking of World No. 3 and attaining the World No. 1 doubles ranking the following month. Since his retirement from the game, Noah has remained in the public eye as a popular music performer and as the co-founder, with his mother, of a charity organization for underprivileged children. Noah is the father of Joakim Noah of the NBA Memphis Grizzlies. Born in the north of France in 1960, Yannick Noah is the son of a Cameroonian footballer, Zacharie Noah, his French wife Marie-Claire. After a sports injury in 1963, Noah's father returned to Africa with his family, he was living in Cameroon when he made his debut in tennis and was discovered at age 11 by Arthur Ashe and Charlie Pasarell. He soon showed an amazing talent that brought him to the French Tennis Federation's training center in Nice in 1971.
Noah won his first top-level singles title in 1978 in Manila. Noah became France's most prominent tennis hero in 1983, becoming the first Frenchman in 37 years to win the French Open, one of the four Grand Slam singles events, he dropped only one set during the two-week-long tournament, defeated the defending champion, Sweden's Mats Wilander in straight sets in the final, 6–2, 7–5, 7–6. He remains the last and most recent Frenchman to have won the French Open men's singles title. Noah won the French Open men's doubles title in 1984, he was the men's doubles runner-up at the 1985 U. S. Open, the 1987 French Open. In August 1986, Noah attained the world no. 1 doubles ranking, which he would hold for a total of 19 weeks. At the end of 1986, Noah received the ATP Sportsmanship Award. Yannick reached better on 10 occasions at Grand Slam level, he notably admitted using marijuana prior to matches in 1981, saying that amphetamines were the real problem in tennis as they were performance-enhancing drugs.
In 1992, Noah received the Legion of Honour medal. Noah was inducted into the International Tennis Hall of Fame in 2005, he remains France's highest ranked player since the introduction of rankings in 1973. Noah played on France's Davis Cup team for eleven years, with an overall win–loss record of 39–22. In 1982, he was part of the French team which reached the Davis Cup final, where they were defeated 4–1 by the United States. In 1991, Noah captained the French team to its first Davis Cup victory in 59 years, defeating a favoured US team 3–1 in the final; this feat was repeated in 1996, when Noah coached the French team to defeat Sweden 3–2 in the final held in Malmö. In 2017, Noah added a third Davis Cup win for France under his guidance as Captain, defeating Belgium in the final in Lille. In 1997, he captained France's Fed Cup team to its first win of that competition when they defeated the Dutch in the final. Since retiring from playing tennis, Noah developed a career as a popular singer, performing throughout Europe.
He began his music career in 1991 with the album Black or What, featuring the popular track "Saga Africa", which he made the stadium sing with his players after the famous Davis Cup final win. In 1993, he released the album Urban Tribu with the single "Get on Back", followed by the album Zam Zam in 1998. With the encouragement of his manager Jean-Pierre Weiller, his musical career got a great boost in 2000 with his self-titled 4th album Yannick Noah, written by Erick Benzi and Robert Goldman; the single "Simon Papa Tara" was written by Robert Goldman. The album contained songs by Bob Marley and the group Téléphone. In 2005, Noah performed at Bob Geldof's Live 8 concert, a fundraiser aimed at alleviating poverty in Africa. On 21 July 2009, Noah made his U. S. live debut, headlining a concert in front of a packed house at the popular free outdoor performing arts festival in New York City, Central Park SummerStage. The performance was part of France's global music celebration Fête de la Musique. In 2010, Yannick made a comeback with the release of Frontières, his eighth album, containing the single "Angela", a tribute to Angela Davis.
It contained a duet with Aṣa in "Hello". On 25 September 2010, he filled the Stade de France for an exceptional concert, attended by close to 80,000 spectators. Noah is active in charity work, he supports Enfants de la Terre, a charity created and run by his mother, Marie-Claire, in 1988. Noah founded Fête le Mur in 1996, a tennis charity and adaptation for underprivileged children, specially in the poor areas and the banlieues, it is presided by Noah himself. He is a spokesman for Appel des Enfants pour l'Environnement, started by the World Wide Fund for Nature, he took part in singing with Les Enfoirés to help Les Restos du Cœur. He took part in telethons and sponsored the Téléthon 2005, he sponsors the Association Terre-des-Hommes in Massongex and donated proceeds of his 2008 concert of Grands Gamins, to Sol En Si, an AIDS charity. Because of his huge involvement in a number of charities, he topped the list of the most favourite French personalities according to a joint survey of Ifop and Le Journal du Dimanche in 2007.
Noah's father, Zacharie Noah, was a former professional Cameroonian football star who won the French Cup with Sedan in 1961. His mother, Marie-Claire, is a former captain of France's basketball teacher. Noah has five children, of