In recognition of his extraordinary career which included two singles titles on the clay courts at Roland-Garros, American tennis great Jim Courier received the highest honor in the sport of tennis, when he was inducted into the International Tennis Hall of Fame in 2005. In a special ceremony on Court Philippe-Chatrier just prior to the start of the 2019 French Open Men’s Final, this honor was celebrated once again when Courier was presented with his official Hall of Fame ring.
Speaking to the crowd in French, Courier expressed his gratitude for he honor and remarked on how he enjoyed being back on the court in Paris which was the tennis court that “changed his life.”
Courier won his first of four Grand Slam titles at Roland-Garros in 1991, repeating the feat the following year. He also won two Australian Open titles and was ranked world No. 1. Courier was also a two-time Davis Cup champion.
The former world No. 1 was joined on court by group of Hall of Famers, as well as representatives of the French Tennis Federation (FFT) to celebrate the occasion. Hall of Fame President Stan Smith presented the ring, commenting, “Jim you’ve been a great champion, particularly here on the terre battue, and it’s my honor to present you with your Hall of Fame ring.