Goran Ivanišević

Tennis Player Goran Ivanišević

Profession: Tennis Player


Biography: Goran Ivanišević is a Croatian tennis player, best known for being the only wildcard to win the Wimbledon men's singles championship. He was admitted to the competition in 2001 despite being ranked number 125 in the world, but this was because of his having suffered a shoulder injury.

Ivanišević had reached the finals at Wimbledon three times prior in 1992, 1994, and 1998. He was ranked world number 2 in July of 1995.

Since retiring, Ivanišević has served as a coach for Marin Čilić (2013-2016) and, since 2019, for Novak Djokovic. He was inducted into the International Tennis Hall of Fame in 2020.

Born: September 13, 1971
Birthplace: Split, Croatia
Age: 51 years old

Generation: Generation X
Chinese Zodiac: Pig
Star Sign: Virgo

Historical Events

  • 1991-06-29 With a world ranking of 591, Englishman Nick Brown upsets 10th-seeded (and 2001 champion) Goran Ivanišević 4-6, 6-3, 7-6, 6-3 in the 2nd round at Wimbledon
  • 1992-07-05 Wimbledon Men's Tennis: American Andre Agassi wins his first of 8 Grand Slam singles titles beating Goran Ivanišević of Croatia 6-7, 6-4, 6-4, 1-6, 6-4
  • 1993-09-01 Goran Ivanišević and Daniel Nestor play a 20–18 tiebreaker in their US Open first round match, eventually won by Ivanišević 6–4, 7–6, 7–6(20–18); longest tiebreak in US Open history
  • 1994-07-03 Wimbledon Men's Tennis: American Pete Sampras successfully defends title against Goran Ivanišević of Croatia 7-6, 7-6, 6-0
  • 1996-01-06 Hopman Cup Tennis, Perth: Goran Ivanišević & Iva Majoli win Croatia's first title; at 1 rubber apiece Switzerland's Marc Rosset & Martina Hingis forced to retire at 3-6, 7-6, 4-5 in the deciding doubles rubber
  • 1998-07-05 Wimbledon Men's Tennis: Pete Sampras retains title; beats Goran Ivanišević 6-7, 7-6, 6-4, 3-6, 6-2 for his 5th of 7 Wimbledon singles crowns
  • 2001-07-09 Wimbledon Men's Tennis: 3-time runner-up Goran Ivanišević wins his lone major title beating Patrick Rafter of Australia 6-3, 3-6, 6-3, 2-6, 9-7

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