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Goran Ivanisevic

Date of birth : 1971-09-13
Date of death : -
Birthplace : Split, SR Croatia, SFR Yugoslavia
Nationality : Croatian
Category : Sports
Last modified : 2011-06-10

Goran Ivanisević is a Croatian professional tennis player. 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 considered among the greatest to date. His career-high singles ranking was World No. 2 (behind Pete Sampras) in 1994. He is the current reigning Legends under 45 French Open doubles Champion.

Croatian tennis star Goran Ivanisevic turned pro in 1988 and quickly gained a reputation for tremendous serves (he stood 6'4") and a freewheeling personality. He was ranked #2 in the world several times in the mid-1990s; by 2001 he had made over $18 million in career winnings, but his talent had waned and many considered him over the hill. He made it to Wimbledon in 2001 only after receiving a wild-card berth from the tournament committee, then shocked everyone by playing his way into the finals and defeating Australian Pat Rafter in five sets to become the Wimbledon champion.

Ivanisevic won bronze medals in both singles and doubles (with Goran Prpic) at the 1992 Barcelona Summer Olympics.


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