Jim Courier Wins Australian Open Again

As if the gutty, four-hour, five-set Australian Open semifinal today between Andy Murray and Roger Federer weren’t enough to make East Coast tennis fans glad they woke up at 3:30 a.m. to watch it live, viewers who hung on to see Jim Courier’s interview with Murray (scroll toward end of video) after his victory got an extra treat. Courier, who won the last of his four Grand Slam titles in Australia exactly 20 years ago, was a power baseliner as a player. As an interviewer, though, he’s a crisp serve-and-volley man. His questions are brief and informed, and they encourage his subjects to actually say something, as opposed to the all-too-common inane sportscaster queries like “How big was that . . . ?” and “What does it mean to have . . . ?” Courier was overshadowed during his fine playing career by contemporaries like Pete Sampras and Andre Agassi, but as an on-court interviewer, he’s almost unbeatable.