- Goran Ivanišević
Infobox Tennis player
playername= Goran Ivanišević
country= CRO [Until Croatian independence in 1992, he played for Yugoslavia]
Monte Carlo, Monaco
datebirth= Birth date and age|mf=yes|1971|9|13
Split, SR Croatia, SFR Yugoslavia
weight= convert|81|kg|lb st|abbr=on|lk=on
plays= Left-handed; two-handed backhand
highestsinglesranking= 2 (4 July 1994)
AustralianOpenresult= QF (1989, 1994, 1997)
FrenchOpenresult= QF (1990, 1992, 1994)
USOpenresult= SF (1996)
highestdoublesranking= 20 (6 January 1992)
Goran Šimun Ivanišević ( IPA2|ɡǒran iʋanǐːʃɛʋiʨ; born in
Split, Croatia, Yugoslaviaon September 13, 1971) is a former professional tennisplayer from Croatia. He is best remembered for being the only person to win the men's singles title at Wimbledon as a wildcard. He achieved this in 2001, having previously been runner-up at the championships in 1992, 1994 and 1998. Ivanišević is famous for his strong serve, which is one of the greatest to date. His career-high singles ranking was World No. 2 (behind Pete Sampras) in 1994.
Ivanišević was born in Split, Croatia, then in the former Yugoslavia. He turned professional in 1988 and later that year, with Rüdiger Haas, won his first career doubles title in
Ivanišević made his first significant impact on the tour in 1990, knocking
Boris Beckerout of the first round of the French Openmen's singles; he went on to reach the quarterfinals. Becker reportedly remarked about Ivanišević that "even God could not have played any better".Fact|date=March 2008 He was also, with Petr Korda, the runner-up in the French Open men's doubles. At that year's Wimbledon, Ivanišević reached the semifinals, where he lost to Becker in four sets. Ivanišević also won his tour first singles title in 1990 at Stuttgartand helped Yugoslaviawin the World Team Cup.
Ivanišević quickly became known on the tour for his strong, attacking style of play and for an extremely powerful serve. For several years, he had more aces than anyone else on the tour. Capable of beating anyone in the world when at his very best, he was also known for occasional on-court temper tantrums—usually directed towards himself—and the volatility of the standard of his play.
Ivanišević lost in the second round at Wimbledon in 1991.
In 1992, Ivanišević reached the Wimbledon singles final, where he faced
Andre Agassi. Both players were attempting to win their first Grand Slam title. Agassi eventually won 6–7, 6–4, 6–4, 1–6, 6–4. In the 5th set, Goran had a break point on Agassi's serve at 3 all and did not manage to convert it. In the final game of the match, he served 2 double faults to start the game, even though he had 5 for the entire match before that. His ace count for the tournament (200+) at the time was the highest in the history of ATP. He served 39 aces that day, while Agassi had 37 for the entire tournament. It was a tough loss, but as he was only 20 years old, a bright future was predicted.Later that summer at the Olympic Games in Barcelona, Ivanišević won bronze medals in both singles and doubles representing the newly-independent nation of Croatia. He also won four singles titles that year.
Ivanišević reached the Wimbledon final for the second time in 1994, where he was defeated by defending-champion
Pete Sampras7–6, 7–6, 6–0. Ivanišević reached his career-high singles ranking of World No. 2 in July that year.
In 1995, Ivanišević won the
Grand Slam Cup, beating Todd Martinin the final 7–6, 6–3, 6–4. At Wimbledon, Ivanišević lost in the semifinals to Sampras 7–6, 4–6, 6–3, 4–6, 6–3.
In 1996 he won a career-best five singles titles. He reached the Grand Slam Cup final again, but this time lost to Becker in straight sets. He set a tour record by serving 1,477 aces over the course of the season.Fact|date=March 2008 Ivanišević also teamed with
Iva Majolito win the 1996 Hopman Cupfor Croatia. That year Ivanišević also reached the semifinals of the U.S. Open, his first Grand Slam semifinal away from Wimbledon; he fell again to Sampras, in four sets.
In 1998, Ivanišević reached his third Wimbledon final. He faced Sampras once again. This time he pushed Sampras to five sets, before losing 6–7, 7–6, 6–4, 3–6, 6–2.
Ivanišević finished runner-up in the French Open men's doubles in 1999 (with
Jeff Tarango). However for much of 1999, 2000, and 2001, he struggled with a shoulder injury and his performance and world ranking began to slide steadily.
By the summer of 2001, Ivanišević was ranked the World No. 125. This was not sufficient to earn him an automatic place in the main draw at Wimbledon but, given his past record as a three-time runner-up, he was awarded a wildcard for entry into the singles draw. He reached the final, beating home favorite
Tim Henmanin a five set, rain-affected semifinal, setting-up a match with the previous year's runner-up and former US Open champion Patrick Rafter. It was Ivanišević's first singles final since 1998. In a match lasting just over three hours, Ivanišević defeated Rafter 6–3, 3–6, 6–3, 2–6, 9–7. Two months shy of his 30th birthday, Ivanišević became the lowest-ranked player and the first wildcard entry to win Wimbledon. [cite web | url=http://news.bbc.co.uk/sport2/hi/tennis/wimbledon_history/3742065.stm | title=Classic Matches: Ivanišević vs. Rafter | publisher= BBC Sport| date=31 May 2004 | accessdate=2008-01-20] His Wimbledon success was rated sixteenth at the list of 100 Greatest Sporting Momentsby a British television programme.
Later that year he received the
BBC Sports Personality of the Year Overseas PersonalityAward.
The 2001 Wimbledon title was the last of Ivanišević's career. He temporarily retired later in 2001 due to shoulder surgery. He returned to tennis in 2004 but retired permanently after a third-round loss to
Lleyton Hewittat Wimbledon, held on the Centre Court, the scene of his greatest triumph.
Over the course of his career Ivanišević won 22 top-level singles titles and 9 doubles titles.
In June 2006, he performed in the Calderstones Park tournament in Liverpool.
In November 2006, Ivanišević won the Merrill Lynch Tour of Champions tournament in Frankfurt, defeating
John McEnroe7–6(12), 7–6(1).
In 2007 Roger Federer, seeking his 5th Wimbledon in a row and due to face Nadal in the final, practised with Goran Ivanišević. He said it helped him against Nadal:
Well, I mean, it's good to have hit at least half an hour with a lefty before the finals because I've played against six right handers. So, of course, it's hard to come into a match and you play a lefty. Especially on the returns, I always feel it. The entire points are played in a different manner. Where usually you go backhand cross‑court, with Rafa I have to go backhand long line. I asked Goran yesterday if he wanted to hit with me. He said, Sure, I'm around. I was very happy he did that.
Ivanišević played football for the Croatian team
Hajduk Splitin 2001. [cite news
date=14 July 2001 |url=http://news.bbc.co.uk/sport1/hi/football/europe/1438564.stm |title=Goran's Split loyalties |publisher=
BBC Sport| accessdate=2008-01-20] Goran supports English team West Bromwich Albion. He became a fan after the Midland club's "Great Escape" from Premiership relegation in 2005 when they became the first club since the creation of the modern Premier Leaguein 1992 to be bottom of the league at Christmas and avoid relegation. [http://home.skysports.com/column.aspx?hlid=284528&lid=Back_of_the_Net_column&title=Goran+goes+for+Baggies Goran Goes for Baggies] , retrieved 27 December 2006. Dead link|date=January 2008] He wore an Albion shirt whilst warming up prior to the 2006 BlackRock Masters final. [cite news
2006-12-11|url=http://www.wba.premiumtv.co.uk/page/News/0,,10366~941101,00.html |title=Baggie Goran shows his colours |publisher=Official Albion website |accessdate=2007-08-05]
Goran also participated in an exhibition match of the Croatian national team of 1998 versus the International football stars on 7 October 2002 in Zagreb. It was the last career match of Croatian midfielder and team captain
Zvonimir Boban. Ivanišević scored the goal for 1–1 (the game ended 2–1 for the International stars).
* "The trouble with me is that every match I play against five opponents: umpire, crowd, ball boys, court, and myself."
* "I wouldn't want to go to a sports psychiatrist, because when you're finished, you come out more crazy than you go in."
* "I still break rackets, but now I do it in a positive way."
* "My fines? I pay more fines than some guys' career prize money on the tour."
* "I think it's interesting, you have three movies in one match: horror, comedy, drama. It's fun. I enjoy it. I am like that. I don't like to change. And if I could choose, I would be the same again. Just me, and I like who I am."
* "In every game I play there are three players in me that could surface anytime, Good Goran, Bad Goran, Crazy Goran! They can all serve aces."
* "I have so many runner-up cups that I am thinking of starting my own tea shop."
* "I do not want that 'plate' again." - coming into his fourth Wimbledon final having lost the three others.
* "Today's players, they do not know how. If you are going to throw it, you break it. You have to show commitment." (on throwing rackets)
* "I go kill myself" (after losing the Wimbledon 1998 final against
* "I woke up at 2 and went back to sleep at 3, I woke at 4 and went back to sleep at 5, when I next woke The Teletubbies were on TV, so I thought it must be time to get up" (on his night's sleep before the 2001 Final)
* "I don’t understand it. She was no. 1 in the world and she retires. She was such an unbelievable player and could have won more Grand Slams. I don't know why she did it. Maybe it's a woman thing. I don’t understand women. It’s very sad for tennis - a big loss." (Speaking about the retirement decision of
Justine Henin.)Fact|date=May 2008
* "It's just hitting; it's only 33 aces, that's not so good," - after his 1992 Wimbledon quarterfinal win against
Stefan Edberg. [ [http://query.nytimes.com/gst/fullpage.html?res=9E0CE4D8143EF931A35754C0A964958260&sec=&spon=&pagewanted=all TENNIS; Sampras and Ivanišević Slug Way to Semifinals] ]
* In the 1993 US Open, Ivanišević won a third set tie-break against
Daniel Nestor20–18. This tied the record for the longest tie-break (in terms of points) ever played since the tie-break system was introduced in 1970. Ivanišević won another third set 20–18 tie-break in the 1997 Queen's Club semifinal against Greg Rusedski. Besides Ivanišević, only Bjorn Borg(1st round Wimbledon 1973 against Premjit Lall), Roger Federer(semifinal, Tennis Masters Cup 2004, against Marat Safin) and Jo-Wilfried Tsonga(first round Australian Open 2006 against Andy Roddick) have won such drawn out tie-breaks.
*Amongst other serving records, Ivanišević holds the record for most aces served in a year with 1477 in 1996. He also holds 3rd, 4th and 5th place on "most aces in a season" list (
Ivo Karlovićis 2nd).
*Because of his on-court temper outbursts, Ivanišević has often been likened to
John McEnroe. In fact, Ivanišević himself said McEnroe was his idol. By coincidence, McEnroe played his last ATP Tour singles match against Ivanišević, at the 1992 Grand Slam Cup.
*In the Japanese anime,
The Prince of Tennis, a player who mimics a pro's styles changes into him during a match.
*In 2004, Ivanišević participated in a
reality TVshow called "The Exchange Office", where he swapped jobs with road sweeper Alojz Pucek and swept streets in Zagreb. Reportedly, eyewitnesses who recognized Ivanišević were utterly shocked, and one even passed out. [ [http://www.goranonline.com/news/gi_news.html Goran sweeping the streets of Zagreb] ]
*His 9–7 fifth set victory over
Patrick Rafterin the final is the longest fifth set in Wimbledon singles final history (tied with the 2008 men's singles final).Fact|date=June 2008
Grand Slam singles finals
Masters Series singles finals
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ATP Tour runner-ups (37)
ingles runners-up (27)
*A = did not participate in the tournament
*SR = the ratio of the number of singles tournaments won to the number of those tournaments played
List of Grand Slam Men's Singles champions
*"Wimbledon 2001 Final: Rafter Vs Ivanišević" Standing Room Only, DVD Release Date: October 30, 2007, Run Time: 195 minutes, ASIN: B000V02CT6.
Notes and references
*imdb name|id=1658395|name=Goran Ivanisevic
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