For the 26th time in the last 27 seasons, the men’s Australian Open champion failed to win the second leg of the annual Grand Slam. Novak Djokovic—the only player to accomplish the feat since 1992—was the latest example of the cross-hemisphere, multi-surface double being a bridge too far, when on Saturday he fell to Dominic Thiem.
On Sunday, Thiem earned his shot at his first Grand Slam title; it would be the crowning achievement of his young career. And on that same day, Jim Courier—who won the Australian and French Opens in 1992—was recognized for his crowning achievement, his induction into the International Tennis Hall of Fame. Enshrined in Newport since 2005, Courier’s career, and in particular his success at Roland Garros, was once again recognized with an official Hall of Fame ring.
Other inductees will be presented with Hall of Fame rings at tournaments with significant resonance to the player. Courier, a former No. 1, won two of his four Grand Slam titles in Paris; the other two came in Melbourne. His 1992 Roland Garros championship included five wins over players ranked No. 22 in the world or higher: Thomas Muster, Alberto Mancini, Goran Ivanisevic, Andre Agassi and Petr Korda.
Courier remains active in tennis as a player and an analyst, for Tennis Channel.