|Country|| Croatia (from 1991)
|Residence||Monte Carlo, Monaco|
|Born|| 13 September 1971
Split, SR Croatia,
|Height||1.93 m (6 ft 4 in)|
|Plays||Left-handed (two-handed backhand)|
|Career record||599–333 (64.3%)|
|Highest ranking||No. 2 (4 July 1994)|
|Grand Slam Singles results|
|Australian Open||QF (1989, 1994, 1997)|
|French Open||QF (1990, 1992, 1994)|
|US Open||SF (1996)|
|Tour Finals||SF (1992, 1993, 1996)|
|Olympic Games||Bronze Medal (1992)|
|Highest ranking||No. 20 (6 January 1992)|
|Grand Slam Doubles results|
|Australian Open||2R (1990, 1994)|
|French Open||F (1990, 1999)|
|Wimbledon||3R (1989, 1993)|
|US Open||QF (1997)|
|Other Doubles tournaments|
|Olympic Games||Bronze Medal (1992)|
|Last updated on: May 2, 2012.|
Goran Ivanišević (Croatian pronunciation: [ɡǒran iʋanǐːʃɛʋitɕ]; born 13 September 1971) is a retired Croatian professional tennis player. He is 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. His career-high singles ranking was World No. 2 (behind Pete Sampras) in 1994.
- 1 Career
- 2 Football
- 3 Major finals
- 4 Career titles
- 5 Team titles (3)
- 6 Singles performance timeline
- 7 Post-playing
- 8 See also
- 9 Video
- 10 Notes and references
- 11 External links
Goran is the son of Srđan and Gorana (née Škaričić). He turned professional in 1988 and later that year, with Rüdiger Haas, won his first career doubles title in Frankfurt, but he focused more on his singles career, yet had some success in doubles, winning nine titles and reaching a career high ranking of 20.
In 1989, as a qualifier he made the quarter finals of the Australian Open. Ivanišević made his first significant impact on the tour in 1990, knocking Boris Becker out of the first round of the French Open men's singles; he went on to reach the quarter-finals. He was also, with Petr Korda, the runner-up in the French Open men's doubles. At that year's Wimbledon, Ivanišević reached the semi-finals, where he lost to Becker in four sets. Ivanišević also won his first tour singles title in 1990 at Stuttgart and helped Yugoslavia win the World Team Cup. He played in eight ties for Yugoslavia in the Davis Cup before quitting the team after the Croatian declaration of independence in 1991. Yugoslavia lost its subsequent tie against France 5–0.
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 received death threats at the 1992 Australian Men's Hardcourt Championships. He went on to win the tournament.
In 1992, Ivanišević steamrolled his way to reach his first Wimbledon singles final, having defeated Ivan Lendl, Stefan Edberg, and Pete Sampras in succession. In the final he faced Andre Agassi and was heavily favored to win; 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, Ivanišević had a break point on Agassi's serve at 3 all, but did not 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 Croatia, a state that had only recently declared independence; he also served as flagbearer for the Croatian team at the opening ceremony. He also won four singles titles that year.
|Olympic medal record|
|Competitor for Croatia|
|Bronze||1992 Barcelona||Men's Doubles|
Ivanišević reached the Wimbledon final for the second time in 1994, where he was defeated by defending-champion Pete Sampras 7–6, 7–6, 6–0. Ivanišević reached his career-high singles ranking of World No. 2 in July that year.
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. Ivanišević also teamed with Iva Majoli to win the 1996 Hopman Cup for Croatia. That year Ivanišević also defeated Stefan Edberg to reach the semi-finals of the U.S. Open, his first Grand Slam semi-final away from Wimbledon; the match was the last Grand Slam match of Edberg's career. In the semifinals, Ivanišević fell again to Sampras, in four sets; Sampras would go on to defeat Michael Chang to win his fourth U.S. Open championship.
In 1998, Ivanišević reached his third Wimbledon final, facing Sampras once again. Although a heavy underdog, this time he pushed Sampras to five sets, before losing 7–6, 6–7, 4–6, 6–3, 2–6.
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 defeated former and future World #1 players Carlos Moyá, Andy Roddick and Marat Safin to reach the semi-final, beating home favourite Tim Henman in a five set, rain-affected semi-final, 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. To date, he is the only male entrant to have won a Grand Slam as a wildcard. His Wimbledon success was rated sixteenth at the list of 100 Greatest Sporting Moments by a British television programme.
On 10 July 2001, Ivanišević received a hero's welcome in his home city of Split where a crowd of over 150,000 led by local and state dignitaries greeted him at the central harbor, with a parade of boats as well as fireworks, topped off by Ivanišević himself taking off his clothes and jumping into the sea. Later that year he received the BBC Sports Personality of the Year Overseas Personality Award.
The 2001 Wimbledon title was the last of Ivanišević's career. He temporarily retired in 2002 due to shoulder surgery. He returned to tennis sparingly in the following years but in 2004 retired after a third-round loss to Lleyton Hewitt at Wimbledon, held on the Centre Court, the scene of his greatest triumph.
In 2005, Ivanišević was a member of the Croatian team for the Davis Cup final against Slovakia in Bratislava, although he did not play. Croatia won the final 3–2. He Received a Winner's Medal and his name was engraved on the trophy along with Mario Ančić, Ivo Karlović, Ivan Ljubičić and Captain Nikola Pilić.
In June 2006, he performed in the Calderstones Park tournament in Liverpool. In November of the same year, Ivanišević won the Merrill Lynch Tour of Champions tournament in Frankfurt, defeating John McEnroe 7–6(12), 7–6(1).
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 Split in 2001. Goran supports English team West Bromwich Albion. He became a fan after the Midland club's escape from Premiership relegation in 2005. He wore an Albion shirt whilst warming up prior to the 2006 BlackRock Masters final and finally watched his first match in December 2011, as West Bromwich Albion played Queens Park Rangers at Loftus Road
Ivanišević 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).
Grand Slam finals
Singles: 4 (1 title, 3 runner-ups)
|Runner-up||1992||Wimbledon||Grass||Andre Agassi||7–6(10–8), 4–6, 4–6, 6–1, 4–6|
|Runner-up||1994||Wimbledon||Grass||Pete Sampras||6–7(2–7), 6–7(5–7), 0–6|
|Runner-up||1998||Wimbledon||Grass||Pete Sampras||7–6(7–2), 6–7(9–11), 4–6, 6–3, 2–6|
|Winner||2001||Wimbledon||Grass||Patrick Rafter||6–3, 3–6, 6–3, 2–6, 9–7|
|Runner-up||1990||French Open (1/2)||Clay||Petr Korda|| Sergio Casal
|Runner-up||1999||French Open (2/2)||Clay||Jeff Tarango|| Mahesh Bhupathi
Super 9/Masters Series finals
Singles: 7 (2–5)
|Winner||1992||Stockholm||Carpet (i)||Guy Forget||7–6(7–2), 4–6, 7–6(7–5), 6–2|
|Runner-up||1993||Rome||Clay||Jim Courier||1–6, 2–6, 2–6|
|Runner-up||1993||Stockholm||Carpet (i)||Michael Stich||6–4, 6–7(6–8), 6–7(3–7), 2–6|
|Winner||1993||Paris||Carpet (i)||Andrei Medvedev||6–4, 6–2, 7–6(7–2)|
|Runner-up||1994||Stockholm||Carpet (i)||Boris Becker||6–4, 4–6, 3–6, 6–7(4–7)|
|Runner-up||1995||Hamburg||Clay||Andrei Medvedev||3–6, 2–6, 1–6|
|Runner-up||1996||Miami||Hard||Andre Agassi||0–3 ret.|
|Runner-up||1.||22 May 1989||Florence, Italy||Clay||Horacio de la Peña||4–6, 3–6|
|Runner-up||2.||14 May 1990||Umag, Yugoslavia||Clay||Goran Prpić||3–6, 6–4, 4–6|
|Winner||1.||16 July 1990||Stuttgart (o), West Germany||Clay||Guillermo Pérez Roldán||6–7(2–7), 6–1, 6–4, 7–6(7–5)|
|Runner-up||3.||20 August 1990||Long Island, US||Hard||Stefan Edberg||6–7(3–7), 3–6|
|Runner-up||4.||10 September 1990||Bordeaux, France||Clay||Guy Forget||4–6, 3–6|
|Runner-up||5.||24 September 1990||Basel, Switzerland||Carpet (i)||John McEnroe||7–6(7–4), 6–4, 6–7(3–7), 3–6, 4–6|
|Winner||2.||17 June 1991||Manchester, UK||Grass||Pete Sampras||6–4, 6–4|
|Runner-up||6.||12 August 1991||New Haven, US||Hard||Petr Korda||4–6, 2–6|
|Winner||3.||30 December 1991||Adelaide, Australia||Hard||Christian Bergström||1–6, 7–6(7–5), 6–4|
|Runner-up||7.||3 February 1992||Milan, Italy||Carpet (i)||Omar Camporese||6–3, 3–6, 4–6|
|Winner||4.||17 February 1992||Stuttgart (i), Germany||Carpet (i)||Stefan Edberg||6–7(5–7), 6–3, 6–4, 6–4|
|Runner-up||8.||2 June 1992||Wimbledon, London||Grass||Andre Agassi||7–6(10–8), 4–6, 4–6, 6–1, 4–6|
|Winner||5.||5 October 1992||Sydney (i), Australia||Hard (i)||Stefan Edberg||6–4, 6–2, 6–4|
|Winner||6.||26 October 1992||Stockholm, Sweden||Carpet (i)||Guy Forget||7–6(7–2), 4–6, 7–6(7–5), 6–2|
|Runner-up||9.||4 January 1993||Doha, Qatar||Hard||Boris Becker||6–7(4–7), 6–4, 5–7|
|Runner-up||10.||10 May 1993||Rome, Italy||Clay||Jim Courier||1–6, 2–6, 2–6|
|Winner||7.||13 September 1993||Bucharest, Romania||Clay||Andrei Cherkasov||6–2, 7–6(7–5)|
|Winner||8.||18 October 1993||Vienna, Austria||Carpet (i)||Thomas Muster||4–6, 6–4, 6–4, 7–6(7–3)|
|Runner-up||11.||25 October 1993||Stockholm, Sweden||Carpet (i)||Michael Stich||6–4, 6–7(6–8), 6–7(3–7), 2–6|
|Winner||9.||1 November 1993||Paris Indoor, France||Carpet (i)||Andrei Medvedev||6–4, 6–2, 7–6(7–2)|
|Runner-up||12.||14 February 1994||Stuttgart (i), Germany||Carpet (i)||Stefan Edberg||6–4, 4–6, 2–6, 2–6|
|Runner-up||13.||20 June 1994||Wimbledon, London||Grass||Pete Sampras||6–7(2–7), 6–7(5–7), 0–6|
|Winner||10.||1 August 1994||Kitzbühel, Austria||Clay||Fabrice Santoro||6–2, 4–6, 4–6, 6–3, 6–2|
|Runner-up||14.||12 September 1994||Bucharest, Romania||Clay||Franco Davín||2–6, 4–6|
|Winner||11.||10 October 1994||Tokyo Indoor, Japan||Carpet (i)||Michael Chang||6–4, 6–4|
|Runner-up||15.||24 October 1994||Stockholm, Sweden||Carpet (i)||Boris Becker||6–4, 4–6, 3–6, 6–7(4–7)|
|Runner-up||16.||8 May 1995||Hamburg, Germany||Clay||Andrei Medvedev||3–6, 2–6, 1–6|
|Winner||12.||5 December 1995||Grand Slam Cup, Munich||Carpet (i)||Todd Martin||7–6(7–4), 6–3, 6–4|
|Runner-up||17.||8 January 1996||Sydney (o), Australia||Hard||Todd Martin||7–5, 3–6, 4–6|
|Winner||13.||29 January 1996||Zagreb, Croatia||Carpet (i)||Cédric Pioline||3–6, 6–3, 6–2|
|Winner||14.||12 February 1996||Dubai, UAE||Hard||Albert Costa||6–4, 6–3|
|Runner-up||18.||19 February 1996||Antwerp, Belgium||Carpet (i)||Michael Stich||3–6, 2–6, 6–7(5–7)|
|Winner||15.||26 February 1996||Milan, Italy||Carpet (i)||Marc Rosset||6–3, 7–6(7–3)|
|Winner||16.||4 March 1996||Rotterdam, Netherlands||Carpet (i)||Yevgeny Kafelnikov||6–4, 3–6, 6–3|
|Runner-up||19.||18 March 1996||Key Biscayne, US||Hard||Andre Agassi||0–3, ret.|
|Runner-up||20.||12 August 1996||Indianapolis, US||Hard||Pete Sampras||6–7(3–7), 5–7|
|Winner||17.||4 November 1996||Moscow, Russia||Carpet (i)||Yevgeny Kafelnikov||3–6, 6–1, 6–3|
|Runner-up||21.||3 December 1996||Grand Slam Cup, Munich||Carpet (i)||Boris Becker||3–6, 4–6, 4–6|
|Winner||18.||27 January 1997||Zagreb, Croatia||Carpet (i)||Greg Rusedski||7–6(7–4), 4–6, 7–6(8–6)|
|Runner-up||22.||10 February 1997||Dubai, UAE||Hard||Thomas Muster||5–7, 6–7(3–7)|
|Winner||19.||24 February 1997||Milan, Italy||Carpet (i)||Sergi Bruguera||6–2, 6–2|
|Runner-up||23.||9 June 1997||Queen's Club, UK||Grass||Mark Philippoussis||5–7, 3–6|
|Winner||20.||6 October 1997||Vienna, Austria||Carpet (i)||Greg Rusedski||3–6, 6–7(4–7), 7–6(7–4), 6–2, 6–3|
|Winner||21.||2 February 1998||Split, Croatia||Carpet (i)||Greg Rusedski||7–6(7–3), 7–6(7–5)|
|Runner-up||24.||22 June 1998||Wimbledon, London||Grass||Pete Sampras||7–6(7–2), 6–7(9–11), 4–6, 6–3, 2–6|
|Runner-up||25.||17 August 1998||New Haven, US||Hard||Karol Kučera||4–6, 7–5, 2–6|
|Runner-up||26.||5 October 1998||Shanghai, China||Carpet||Michael Chang||6–4, 1–6, 2–6|
|Runner-up||27.||9 November 1998||Moscow, Russia||Carpet||Yevgeny Kafelnikov||6–7(2–7), 6–7(5–7)|
|Winner||22.||25 June 2001||Wimbledon, London||Grass||Patrick Rafter||6–3, 3–6, 6–3, 2–6, 9–7|
|Winner||1.||17 October 1988||Frankfurt, West Germany||Carpet (i)||Rudiger Haas|| Jeremy Bates
|1–6, 7–5, 6–3|
|Runner-up||1.||2 October 1989||Palermo, Italy||Clay||Diego Nargiso|| Peter Ballauff
|2–6, 7–6, 4–6|
|Runner-up||2.||19 February 1990||Brussels, Belgium||Carpet (i)||Balázs Taróczy|| Emilio Sánchez
|Runner-up||3.||11 June 1990||French Open, Paris||Clay||Petr Korda|| Sergio Casal
|Runner-up||4.||20 August 1990||New Haven, U.S.||Hard||Petr Korda|| Jeff Brown
|Winner||2.||4 February 1991||Milan, Italy||Carpet (i)||Omar Camporese|| Cyril Suk
|Winner||3.||13 May 1991||Rome, Italy||Clay||Omar Camporese|| Laurie Warder
|Winner||4.||17 June 1991||Manchester, UK||Grass||Omar Camporese|| Andrew Castle
|Runner-up||5.||22 July 1991||Stuttgart Outdoor, Germany||Clay||Omar Camporese|| Wally Masur
|6–2, 3–6, 4–6|
|Winner||5.||30 December 1991||Adelaide, Australia||Hard||Marc Rosset|| Mark Kratzmann
|Runner-up||6.||15 June 1992||Queen's Club, UK||Grass||Diego Nargiso|| John Fitzgerald
|Runner-up||7.||17 April 1995||Barcelona, Spain||Clay||Andrea Gaudenzi|| Trevor Kronemann
|Runner-up||8.||7 August 1995||Los Angeles, U.S.||Hard||Saša Hirszon|| Brent Haygarth
|Winner||6.||11 September 1995||Bordeaux, France||Hard||Saša Hirszon|| Henrik Holm
|Winner||7.||26 February 1996||Milan, Italy||Carpet (i)||Andrea Gaudenzi|| Jakob Hlasek
|Winner||8.||27 January 1997||Zagreb, Croatia||Carpet (i)||Saša Hiršzon|| Brent Haygarth
|Winner||9.||10 February 1997||Dubai, UAE||Hard||Sander Groen|| Sandon Stolle
|Runner-up||9.||7 June 1999||French Open, Paris||Clay||Jeff Tarango|| Mahesh Bhupathi
|Runner-up||10.||2 August 1999||Los Angeles||Hard||Brian MacPhie|| Byron Black
Team titles (3)
- 1990 – World Team Cup winner with Yugoslavia
- 1996 – Hopman Cup winner with Croatia
- 2005 – Davis Cup winner with Croatia
Singles performance timeline
|Grand Slam Tournaments|
|Australian Open||A||QF||1R||3R||2R||A||QF||1R||3R||QF||1R||A||2R||Q1||2R||A||A||0 / 11||19–11|
|French Open||A||4R||QF||2R||QF||3R||QF||1R||4R||1R||1R||1R||1R||A||A||A||A||0 / 12||21–12|
|Wimbledon||1R||2R||SF||2R||F||3R||F||SF||QF||2R||F||4R||1R||W||A||A||3R||1 / 15||49–14|
|US Open||A||2R||3R||4R||3R||2R||1R||1R||SF||1R||4R||3R||1R||3R||A||A||A||0 / 13||21–13|
|Win–Loss||0–1||9–4||11–4||7–4||13–4||5–3||14–4||5–4||14–4||5–4||9–4||5–3||1–4||9–1||1–1||0–0||2–1||1 / 51||110–50|
|ATP Masters Series|
|Indian Wells||A||1R||3R||1R||1R||1R||1R||A||SF||1R||1R||2R||2R||3R||A||1R||A||0 / 13||9–13|
|Miami||A||1R||2R||A||2R||1R||QF||A||F||QF||3R||2R||3R||2R||2R||A||2R||0 / 13||19–13|
|Monte Carlo||A||1R||2R||2R||A||1R||QF||SF||1R||A||1R||1R||1R||A||A||A||1R||0 / 11||8–11|
|Rome||A||2R||A||1R||1R||F||SF||SF||3R||SF||1R||1R||1R||Q1||A||A||1R||0 / 12||20–12|
|Hamburg||A||3R||1R||QF||2R||A||1R||F||1R||A||QF||1R||Q2||A||A||A||A||0 / 9||12–9|
|Canada||A||1R||A||A||A||A||A||2R||1R||2R||3R||1R||A||A||A||A||A||0 / 6||4–6|
|Cincinnati||A||A||A||A||A||1R||A||QF||QF||2R||3R||1R||A||3R||A||A||A||0 / 7||9–7|
|Stockholm/Essen/Stuttgart||A||A||QF||QF||W||F||F||2R||QF||2R||QF||1R||1R||3R||A||A||A||1 / 12||22–11|
|Paris||A||A||2R||2R||SF||W||QF||1R||1R||A||1R||Q1||Q1||2R||A||A||A||1 / 9||12–8|
|Tennis Masters Cup||A||A||A||A||SF||SF||RR||A||SF||A||A||A||A||RR||A||A||A||0 / 5||13–7|
|ATP Tournaments Won||0||0||1||1||4||3||2||1||5||3||1||0||0||1||0||0||0||22|
|Year End Ranking||371||40||9||16||4||7||5||10||4||15||12||62||129||12||243||657||266|
Doubles performance timeline
|Grand Slam Tournaments|
|Australian Open||A||1R||2R||1R||1R||A||2R||A||A||1R||1R||A||1R||A||A||A||A||0 / 8|
|French Open||A||3R||F||2R||1R||QF||A||A||A||1R||1R||F||2R||A||A||A||A||0 / 9|
|Wimbledon||A||3R||1R||2R||1R||3R||A||A||A||A||A||A||A||A||A||A||A||0 / 5|
|US Open||A||3R||2R||2R||2R||2R||A||A||2R||QF||1R||1R||A||A||A||A||A||0 / 9|
|Grand Slam SR||0 / 0||0 / 4||0 / 4||0 / 4||0 / 4||0 / 3||0 / 1||0 / 0||0 / 1||0 / 3||0 / 3||0 / 2||0 / 2||0 / 0||0 / 0||0 / 0||0 / 0||0 / 31|
|ATP Masters Series|
|Indian Wells||NMS||1R||1R||1R||A||2R||A||2R||A||2R||A||2R||A||1R||A||A||0 / 8|
|Miami||NMS||2R||A||A||3R||3R||A||A||2R||3R||1R||3R||A||A||A||A||0 / 7|
|Monte Carlo||NMS||1R||1R||A||1R||1R||QF||2R||A||A||A||1R||A||A||A||A||0 / 7|
|Rome||NMS||A||W||SF||QF||1R||QF||2R||1R||SF||1R||1R||A||A||A||1R||1 / 11|
|Hamburg||NMS||2R||2R||1R||A||2R||A||2R||A||1R||A||1R||A||A||A||A||0 / 7|
|Canada||NMS||A||A||A||A||A||1R||1R||1R||2R||QF||A||A||A||A||A||0 / 5|
|Cincinnati||NMS||A||A||A||1R||A||1R||1R||1R||A||1R||A||1R||A||A||A||0 / 6|
|Stuttgart/Madrid||NMS||QF||2R||2R||A||A||1R||SF||A||SF||1R||QF||1R||A||A||A||0 / 9|
|Paris||NMS||1R||2R||2R||A||A||1R||A||A||A||A||A||A||A||A||A||0 / 4|
|Masters Series SR||N/A||0 / 6||1 / 6||0 / 5||0 / 4||0 / 5||0 / 6||0 / 7||0 / 4||0 / 6||0 / 5||0 / 6||0 / 2||0 / 1||0 / 0||0 / 1||1 / 64|
|Year End Ranking||139||49||31||24||42||111||122||58||59||69||68||51||125||493||1137||–||542|
Right away after retiring from the ATP Tour in 2004, Ivanišević started playing on the ATP Champions Tour (seniors' circuit). In August 2005 he got voted to be one of four vice-presidents of the Croatian Olympic Committee (HOO) working under president Zlatko Mateša.
Retirement also allowed Ivanišević to devote more time to investments in the real-estate and construction industries, which he had been doing since 1998, conducting his business through the limited liability company he registered in Croatia called Sport Line. Since Ivanišević was at the time still active as a tennis player, most of the company's initial day-to-day business was handled by his father Srdjan. Their main activity was an ambitious undertaking — construction of the 65-unit luxury apartment building "Lazarica 2" in the Split neighbourhood of Firule, which was supposed to start in November 1998 and finish by the end of 2000. After many problems, the project completed in 2003, but dragged the company in debt due to many unsold units.
News of Ivanišević's financial problems first appeared in summer 2005 after he talked about it in an interview with Globus newsmagazine admitting Lazarica 2 was a "failed project" as well as later that year when he told the Daily Telegraph that he lost substantial amount of money in some of his investments.
After much speculation throughout spring 2006, Ivanišević joined with AC Milan footballer Dario Šimić, former basketball player Ivica Žurić as well as businessmen Marijan Šarić, Mate Šarić, and Batheja Pramod in September 2006 to jointly invest HRK93 million (~€12.5 million) for the purposes of added market capitalization of Karlovačka banka. Ivanišević, Šimić, and Žurić each invested HRK19 million (~€2.5 million), thus each obtaining 9% ownership stake in the bank.
Ivanišević's finances became the subject of news reports again in August 2010 when it was reported that his Sunseeker Predator 72 motor yacht got repossessed by Hypo Leasing Kroatien after reportedly a full year of Ivanišević failing to meet his monthly lease payments of €12,000. Ivanišević would deny this, saying that the yacht was returned due to mechanical defect.
- Wimbledon 2001 Final: Rafter Vs Ivanišević Standing Room Only, DVD Release Date: 30 October 2007, Run Time: 195 minutes, ASIN: B000V02CT6.
Notes and references
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- TENNIS; With Minds on Homeland at War, New York Times
- A Fighter on Home Ground Ivanisevic, His Fans, His Family, and the War, New York Times. 20 February 1993.
- 2001 Wimbledoin final highlights.[dead link]
- "Classic Matches: Ivanišević vs. Rafter". BBC Sport. 31 May 2004. Retrieved 20 January 2008.
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- "Moment of Zen – Stripping Man". The Daily Show. 11 July 2001. Retrieved 17 June 2010.
- Cilic defeats Haas to win Zagreb Indoors, Yahoo!7 Sport, 10 February 2014
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- "An email conversation with Goran Ivanisevic: 'Talking of Split, there are still three Gorans?'". The Independent. UK. 28 November 2005. Retrieved 27 December 2010.
- "Baggie Goran shows his colours". Official Albion website. 11 December 2006. Retrieved 5 August 2007.
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- Goran Ivanišević dopredsjednik Hrvatskog olimpijskog odbora;index.hr, 17 August 2005
- POSLOVNO-STAMBENA ZGRADA LAZARICA 2 U SPLITU;Gradjevinar, 2003
- Srđan Ivanišević zbog "Lazarice" prijavio tri splitska "poglavara";Slobodna Dalmacija, 13 February 2003
- GORAN IVANIŠEVIĆ U FINANCIJSKIM PROBLEMIMA Njegova tvrtka pred stečajem;Jutarnji list, 19 March 2013
- I'm broke, says Ivanisevic;June 2005
- My investments sunk like Titanic says 'ruined' Ivanisevic;AFP, 10 June 2005
- Ivanisevic the joker still has some aces left;The Daily Telegraph, 20 October 2005
- Goran Ivanišević ulazi u vlasnicku strukturu Karlovačke banke;index.hr, 5 June 2006
- Ivanišević zasad ne kupuje Karlovačku banku, štediše mogu odahnuti;Business.hr, 7 June 2006
- Ivanišević, Šimić i Žurić dioničari Karlovačke banke;Poslovni.hr, 21 September 2006
- Misterij iznenadnog poklona: Ivanišević darovao svojoj ženi 1,9 milijuna kn dionica Karlovačke banke;Jutarnji list, 6 April 2012
- Goranu Ivaniševiću zaplijenili ljubimicu - jahtu Amber;Vecernji list, 4 August 2010
- 'Nisam ja hrvatski Tyson, a jahtu sam vratio sam';24 sata, 5 August 2010
- Goran Ivanišević at the Association of Tennis Professionals
- Goran Ivanišević at the International Tennis Federation
- Goran Ivanišević at the Davis Cup
|Awards and achievements|
|ATP Most Improved Player
|BBC Overseas Sports Personality of the Year
|Laureus World Sports Award for Comeback of the Year
|ATP Champions Tour
|Flagbearer for Croatia
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