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Court jester: Courier plays up courtside with American Andy Roddick at last year's championships

Jim Courier is about as Australian as huckleberry pie. Born in Sanford, Florida, now a resident of New York, he built his tennis on a fierce work ethic rarely seen Down Under. Yet the former world No. 1 has become the carrot-topped face of the Australian Open, which runs until Jan. 27. Courier is back for a fourth straight year as the headline act of local broadcaster Channel Seven's coverage, which includes his jocular, self-deprecating interviews with the sweat-soaked evening victors. While not to everyone's taste, these as much as anything have made him known to millions of Australians....

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