Željko Franulović

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Željko Franulović
Country  Yugoslavia
Residence Split, Croatia
Born (1947-06-13) 13 June 1947 (age 67)
Korčula, PR Croatia, FPR Yugoslavia
Turned pro 1969 (amateur tour from 1965)
Retired 1980
Plays Right-handed (1-handed backhand)
Singles
Career record 334-262
Career titles 9
Highest ranking No. 9 (1970, World's Top 10)
Grand Slam Singles results
French Open F (1970)
Wimbledon 3R (1970)
US Open 3R (1975, 1976, 1977)
Other tournaments
Tour Finals RR (1970, 1971)
Doubles
Career record 190-196
Career titles 7

Željko Franulović (born 13 June 1947) is a Yugoslavian former tennis player who competed for SFR Yugoslavia and who has since had a long career in tennis management. He is currently the Monte Carlo Masters tournament director.[1] Whilst his career-high ATP singles ranking was World No. 33, the ATP rankings were installed after Franulović's 1969-1971 heyday - Franulović was ranked inside the Top 20 in both 1970 and 1971.

Biography[edit]

Franulović was born on the island of Korčula to father Ivo and mother Katica, but at one month old got brought to Split where he grew up.[2] Franulović's playing career lasted for 12 years between 1969 and 1980, during which he won a total of 9 singles professional titles as well as 7 doubles titles.

He is remembered for reaching the French Open final in 1970, which he lost to Czech Jan Kodeš in straight sets.[3] He reached the semi-finals the following year. He also won the Monte-Carlo Masters in 1970.

Since retiring from playing tennis, Franulović became involved in the ATP since the 1990s.[4] He was the coach of the Croatian Davis Cup Team from 1994 to 1997.[4] He was the Tournament Representative for Europe on the Association of Tennis Professionals' Board of Directors, between 2007 and 2009.[5]

Grand Slam singles finals[edit]

Runner-up (1)[edit]

Year Championship Opponent in Final Score in Final
1970 French Open Czechoslovakia Jan Kodeš 2–6, 4–6, 0–6

Grand Prix Championship Series singles finals[edit]

Wins (1)[edit]

Year Championship Opponent in Final Score in Final
1970 Monte Carlo Spain Manuel Orantes 6–4, 6–3, 6–3

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