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Jim Courier - January 25, 2012

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Jim Courier is a former World #1 Men’s Tennis Player and the 4-time Grand Slam Tournament Winner is a member of the International Tennis Hall of Fame. Courier is in Australia where he is covering the first Grand Slam tournament of 2012 with the Australian Open. Courier spends part of his year in the Orlando area where he plays a lot of golf at Lake Nona and plays to a 2 handicap. He added that you are never as good as your handicap because there are always moments where you do not play as well as you can possibly play.

Andy Murray and Novak Djokovic are playing each other in the men’s final at the Australian Open. Murray has added a former Grand Slam Champion in Ivan Lendl to his camp in 2012 because he is trying to take his game to the next level. This is a perfect opportunity against Djokovic who won 3 of 4 Majors in 2011 but showed signs of vulnerability near the end of his semifinal match.

Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal, who are the top two players in men’s tennis and are good friends, have had a bit of a disagreement over yearly schedules and introducing a two-year window for the World Ranking that is similar to golf. They have been able to work it out but the issues will come up again.

Caroline Wozniacki and Rory McIlroy are not the only tennis-golf couple right now. Adam Scott is dating Ana Ivanovic as well and Sergio Garcia has dated female tennis players in the past so it seems that some male golfers have a thing for female tennis players who both are on the world stage in their respective sports. Also, they both understand the pressures of world travel because both sports have worldwide, year-long schedules where players are independent contractors.

There are a number of young Americans who have the potential to be great players but most of the great young players come from Europe and the Americans really have to step it up if they are going to compete on the world stage.

In just a few hours, he will be joining his colleague and friend Patrick Rafter for a round of golf in Melbourne, Australia. It will be his first round of 2012 and he is very excited to be playing in Australia.