9 May 1939 |
|Height||1.85 m (6 ft 1 in)|
|Turned pro||1968 (amateur tour from 1962)|
|Plays||Right-handed (1-handed backhand)|
|Int. Tennis HOF||2013 (member page)|
|Career record||151–159 (Open era)|
|Highest ranking||No. 8 (1968, World's Top 10)|
|Grand Slam Singles results|
|Australian Open||2R (1977Jan)|
|French Open||QF (1968)|
|Wimbledon||4R (1967, 1972)|
|US Open||3R (1973)|
|Highest ranking||No. 19 (9 April 1979)|
|Grand Slam Doubles results|
|French Open||W (1970)|
|Davis Cup||F (1969Ch, 1971Ch, 1972)|
|Competitor for Romania|
|Bronze||1961 Sofia||Mixed Doubles|
|Gold||1965 Budapest||Mixed Doubles|
Ion Țiriac (Romanian pronunciation: [iˈon t͡siriˈak]; born 9 May 1939 in Braşov, Romania) is a Romanian businessman and former professional tennis and ice hockey player. He is also the current owner of the Mutua Madrileña Madrid Open. In 2013 Tiriac was elected into the International Tennis Hall of Fame.
He was born in Transylvania, which is probably the reason why he has the nickname 'Count Dracula'. Țiriac first appeared on the international sports scene as an ice hockey player on the Romanian national team at the 1964 Winter Olympics. Shortly after that he switched to tennis as his main sport. With fellow Romanian Ilie Năstase he won the men's doubles in the 1970 French Open and reached the Davis Cup finals several times in the 1970s.
He managed Boris Becker from 1984 to 1993. In 1998 he became president of the Romanian National Olympic Committee.
Țiriac ran major men's events in Germany, including the season-ending championships in Hanover. Although tennis is now a much smaller part of his portfolio and occupies only 5 percent of his time, he has taken particular pleasure and pride in making Madrid Tennis Open a combined men's and women's event with €7.2 million in total prize money. The trophy awarded to the tournament winner bears his name.
Țiriac also holds the license for the BRD Năstase Țiriac Trophy tennis tournament since 1996. It is currently a €450,000 event, part of the ATP World Tour 250 series, held annually in Bucharest, Romania, just 2 weeks before the Madrid Open.
In 2012 he was nominated for the ITF Hall of Fame in the contributor category.
On 13 July 2013 he joined the ITF Hall of Fame as a successful promoter and tournament director for numerous events including the two of the largest Masters 1000 events, the Italian Open and the Madrid Masters.
Grand Slam finals
Doubles 2 (1–1)
|1966||Runner-up||French Open||Ilie Năstase|| Dennis Ralston
|3–6, 3–6, 0–6|
|1970||Winner||French Open||Ilie Năstase|| Arthur Ashe
|6–2, 6–4, 6–3|
Grand Prix and WCT Tour finals 46 (22–24)
Singles 0 (0–1)
|Runner-up||1.||1 February 1972||Omaha, Nebraska, USA||Hard (i)||Ilie Năstase||6–2, 1–6, 1–6|
Doubles 46 (22–24)
|Grand Slam tournaments|
|Grand Prix Masters|
|Group 1 tournaments|
|Group 2 tournaments|
|Outcome||Week of||Championship||Surface||Partner||Opponents in the final||Score in the final|
|1. Winner||1970||Philadelphia WCT, USA||Carpet||Ilie Năstase|| Arthur Ashe
|2. Winner||4 May 1970||French Open, Paris||Clay||Ilie Năstase|| Arthur Ashe
|6–2, 6–4, 6–3|
|3. Winner||1970||Rome, Italy||Clay||Ilie Năstase|| William Bowrey
|0–6, 10–8, 6–3, 6–8, 6–1|
|1. Runner-up||13 July 1970||Washington DC, USA||Clay||Ilie Năstase|| Bob Hewitt
|4. Winner||20 July 1970||Cincinnati, USA||Clay||Ilie Năstase|| Bob Hewitt
|2. Runner-up||27 July 1970||U.S. Clay Court Championships, Indianapolis, USA||Clay||Ilie Năstase|| Arthur Ashe
|6–2, 4–6, 4–6|
|3. Runner-up||16 November 1970||Embassy British Indoor Championships, London, England||Carpet||Ilie Năstase|| Ken Rosewall
|4–6, 3–6, 2–6|
|5. Winner||7 March 1971||Hampton, USA||Hard (i)||Ilie Năstase|| Clark Graebner
|6–4, 4–6, 7–5|
|6. Winner||12 April 1971||Monte Carlo, Monaco||Clay||Ilie Năstase|| Tom Okker
|1–6, 6–3, 6–3, 8–6|
|4. Runner-up||18 April 1971||Palermo, Sicily, Italy||Clay||Ilie Năstase|| Georges Goven
|5. Runner-up||22 May 1971||Brussels, Belgium||Clay||Ilie Năstase|| Marty Riessen
|7. Winner||6 February 1972||Kansas City, USA||Indoor||Ilie Năstase|| Andrés Gimeno
|6–7, 6–4, 7–6|
|6. Runner-up||14 February 1972||Los Angeles, California, USA||Ilie Năstase|| Jim Osborne
|2–6, 7–5, 4–6|
|8. Winner||5 March 1972||Hampton, USA||Hard (i)||Ilie Năstase|| Andrés Gimeno
|9. Winner||24 April 1972||Rome, Italy||Clay||Ilie Năstase|| Lew Hoad
|3–6, 3–6, 6–4, 6–3, 5–3, RET.|
|7. Runner-up||13 May 1972||Bournemouth, England||Clay||Ilie Năstase|| Frew McMillan
|8. Runner-up||5 June 1972||Hamburg, Germany||Clay||Bob Hewitt|| Ilie Năstase
|6–4, 0–6, 6–3, 2–6, 2–6|
|10. Winner||14 August 1972||Montreal, Canada||Clay||Ilie Năstase|| Jan Kodeš
|9. Runner-up||4 February 1973||Des Moines, Iowa, USA||Hard||Juan Gisbert|| Jan Kukal
|6–4, 6–7, 1–6|
|10. Runner-up||3 March 1973||Hampton, Virginia, USA||Hard||Jimmy Connors|| Ilie Năstase
|6–4, 6–7, 1–6|
|11. Winner||26 March 1973||Valencia, Spain||Clay||Mike Estep|| Patrick Hornbergen
|6–4, 1–6, 10–8|
|11. Runner-up||2 April 1973||Barcelona, Spain||Clay||Mike Estep|| Manuel Orantes
|12. Runner-up||7 May 1973||Bournemouth, England||Clay||Adriano Panatta|| Ilie Năstase
|13. Runner-up||11 June 1973||Hamburg, Germany||Clay||Manuel Orantes|| Hans-Jürgen Pohmann
|6–7, 6–7, 6–7|
|14. Runner-up||23 June 1973||Eastbourne, England||Grass||Manuel Orantes|| Jim McManus
Ove Nils Bengtson
|4–6, 6–4, 5–7|
|12. Winner||5 August 1973||Louisville, Kentucky, USA||Clay||Manuel Orantes|| Clark Graebner
|0–6, 6–4, 6–3|
|15. Runner-up||13 August 1973||Indianapolis, Indiana, USA||Clay||Manuel Orantes|| Frew McMillan
|13. Winner||17 January 1977||Baltimore, Maryland, USA||Carpet||Guillermo Vilas|| Ross Case
|6–3, 6–7, 6–4|
|16. Runner-up||7 February 1977||Springfield, Massachusetts, USA||Carpet||Guillermo Vilas|| Frew McMillan
|14. Winner||28 March 1977||Nice, France||Clay||Guillermo Vilas|| Chris Kachel
|17. Runner-up||31 July 1977||South Orange, New Jersey, USA||Clay||Guillermo Vilas|| Colin Dibley
|18. Runner-up||19 September 1977||Paris, France||Clay||Ilie Năstase|| Jacques Thamin
|2–6, 6–4, 3–6|
|15. Winner||26 September 1977||Aix-en-Provence, France||Clay||Ilie Năstase|| Patrice Dominguez
|16. Winner||3 October 1977||Tehran, Iran||Clay||Guillermo Vilas|| Bob Hewitt
|1–6, 6–1, 6–4|
|17. Winner||3 October 1977||Tehran, Iran||Clay||Guillermo Vilas|| Bob Hewitt
|1–6, 6–1, 6–4|
|18. Winner||21 November 1977||Buenos Aires, Argentina||Clay||Guillermo Vilas|| Ricardo Cano
|19. Winner||23 May 1978||BMW Open, Munich, Germany||Clay||Guillermo Vilas|| Jürgen Fassbender
|3–6, 6–4, 7–6|
|19. Runner-up||30 July 1978||South Orange, New Jersey, USA||Clay||Guillermo Vilas|| John McEnroe
|20. Winner||25 September 1978||Aix-en-Provence, France||Clay||Guillermo Vilas|| Jan Kodeš
|20. Runner-up||5 November 1978||Paris Bercy, France||Hard||Guillermo Vilas|| Andrew Pattison
|21. Runner-up||1 January 1979||Hobart, Tasmania, Australia||Grass||Guillermo Vilas|| Bob Giltinan
|22. Runner-up||29 January 1979||Richmond, Virginia, USA||Carpet||Guillermo Vilas|| John McEnroe
|21. Winner||19 March 1979||San José, Costa Rica||Hard||Guillermo Vilas|| Anand Amritraj
|23. Runner-up||28 May 1979||French Open, Paris, France||Clay||Virginia Ruzici|| Wendy Turnbull
|3–6, 6–2, 3–6|
|24. Runner-up||9 July 1979||Gstaad, Switzerland||Clay||Guillermo Vilas|| John Marks
|3–6, 6–2, 3–6|
|22. Winner||29 July 1979||Volvo International, North Conway, New Hampshire, USA||Clay||Guillermo Vilas|| John Sadri
Won tournament; or reached Final; Semifinal; Quarter-final; Round 4, 3, 2, 1; competed at a Round Robin stage; lost in Qualification Round; absent from tournament event; played in a Davis Cup Zonal Group (with its number indication) or Play-off; won a bronze, silver (F or S) or gold medal at the Olympics; a downgraded Masters Series/1000 tournament (Not a Masters Series); or a tournament that was Not Held in a given year.
To avoid confusion and double counting, these charts are updated either at the conclusion of a tournament, or when the player's participation in the tournament has ended.
|Grand Slam tournaments|
|Australian Championships/French Open||A||A||A||A||A||A||A||A||A||A||A||A||2R||A||1R||0 / 2||1–2||33.33|
|French Championships/French Open||3R||3R||3R||QF||2R||4R||1R||1R||2R||A||A||A||A||A||0 / 9||15–9||62.50|
|Wimbledon||A||1R||4R||2R||2R||2R||3R||4R||A||1R||1R||A||A||1R||0 / 10||11–10||52.38|
|US National Championships/US Open||A||A||A||A||2R||A||2R||2R||3R||A||A||A||A||A||0 / 4||5–4||55.55|
|Win–Loss||2–1||2–2||5–2||5–2||3–3||4–2||3–3||4–3||3–2||0–1||0–1||n/a||1–1||0–2||0 / 25||32–25||56.14|
After his retirement as a professional tennis player, Țiriac became a businessman in Germany. In 1987, he appeared in a TV commercial for Miller Lite beer with Bob Uecker, who extols Țiriac's supposed humorous qualities, laughing hysterically while Țiriac sits stone-faced.
Following the collapse of communism in Romania, he started numerous businesses and investments back home. In 1990, he founded Banca Țiriac, the first private bank in post-Communist Romania. Between that and several other enterprises (retail, insurance, auto leasing, auto dealerships, airlines, etc.), his fortune was estimated at over US$900 million in 2005.
Ion Țiriac became the first Romanian to enter Forbes' List of billionaires in the 2007 Forbes rankings, placing number 840 in the world. His wealth was estimated at $1.0 billion as of 2010, according to the magazine. In 2010 TOP 300 Capital declared Ion Țiriac the richest man in Romania with a wealth estimated at €1.5–€1.6 billion ($2–$2.2 billion).
- Țiriac Holdings
- HVB Ţiriac Bank
- Allianz-Ţiriac Asigurări România
- Ţiriac Leasing
- Tir Travel (formerly Ţiriac Travel)
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- Personal Tennis Scorecard
- Forbes World's Billionaires #840
- Ion Tiriac; Tennis's Grandest Bad Boy June 24, 1993 The New York Times