Jim Courier, who bludgeoned the ball like a baseball slugger and often wore a cap to match, is walking away after 13 years of tournament tennis.
He joined Pete Sampras, Andre Agassi and Michael Chang in dominating a decade of the men's game, and was the first of that group to win two Grand Slam tournaments and the first to be ranked No. 1. Now he's the first to retire.
Courier, 29, will work as an analyst for cable networks TNT and CNN/SI at Wimbledon this summer.
''The decision's been made since late January,'' Courier said in a telephone interview Tuesday.
''It was a gradual feeling where my enthusiasm to train and prepare started waning. I was not enthusiastic when I was getting ready to play the matches. I was to the point where I was almost going to start going through the motions.''
Courier, from Dade City, Fla., won 23 titles -- only one since 1997 -- and earned more than $50 million in prize money and endorsements.
He won the French Open in 1991 and 1992.
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