Pulling off the “Sunshine Double”—winning Indian Wells and Miami back-to-back—is one of the most impressive feats in tennis. Baseline is looking back at some of the rare accomplishments.
Over the course of their careers, Pete Sampras, Andre Agassi, Jim Courier and Michael Chang won 28 Grand Slams between them and established themselves as one of the greatest clusters of American men to ever play the game.
Among their many shared accomplishments, from Davis Cup titles to the major victories to time spent at or near the top of the rankings, winning in Indian Wells, Calif., and South Florida in the same year ranks up there with their most impressive feats.
And for each of them, pulling off the “Sunshine Double” sweep came at significantly different points in their careers.
In 1991, Courier took to life as a professional with a sense of renewed focus. After winning his first title in 1989 and shocking his former roommate Agassi at the French Open earlier in the season, Courier’s ascent stalled in 1990. He had a solid start to his ’91 campaign in Australia, and with a new team on board, emerged as an unlikely champion in Indian Wells, then his native Florida as those victories pushed him into the top 10 for the first time. Courier also became the first player, male or female, to win both titles in a row.