Courier coming for exhibition match
Leroy Brown, Sunday Gleaner Writer
Former world No. 1 tennis player Jim Courier, who is now the captain of the United States of America Davis Cup team, is scheduled to be in Jamaica in April, to take part in a Tennis Weekend at Tryall Club, from April 24-27, that will raise funds for education in Jamaica.
Courier is scheduled to play an exhibition at Tryall on April 26, with noted former Jamaican Davis Cup team member Karl Hale, who now resides in Canada, and is the technical director for the Rogers Cup tournament there. Hale played Davis Cup tennis for Jamaica in the 1980s and in addition to his Rogers Cup duties, takes part in Iron Man and triathlon events on a regular basis.
In 2007, Hale was the world No. 1 tennis player over 40. He is the founder of the Helping Hands Jamaica Foundation, which raises funds for education on a continuing basis. This foundation has as one of its goals, the raising of funds for building of a primary school in Jamaica and proceeds from the exhibition will go to this fund.
In his impressive career, Courier won four Grand Slam singles titles, two each at the Australian Open and French Open and holds the record for being the youngest man to have reached the finals of all four Grand Slam singles tournaments.
Billed as a charity exhibition, the match will be one of the feature events of four days of intense tennis activity. Also scheduled to take place will be an International Tennis Federation Seniors tournament and a tennis camp.