Slobodan Živojinović

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Slobodan Živojinović
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Živojinović at Wimbledon in the 1980s
Country  Yugoslavia
Residence Belgrade, Serbia
Born (1963-07-23) July 23, 1963 (age 51)
Belgrade, SR Serbia, SFR Yugoslavia
Height 1.98 m (6 ft 6 in)
Turned pro 1981
Retired 1992
Plays Right-handed
Prize money $1,450,654
Singles
Career record 150–138
Career titles 2
Highest ranking No. 19 (October 26, 1987)
Grand Slam Singles results
Australian Open SF (1985)
French Open 3R (1988)
Wimbledon SF (1986)
US Open 3R (1987)
Doubles
Career record 151–102
Career titles 8
Highest ranking No. 1 (September 8, 1986)

Slobodan Živojinović (Serbian Cyrillic: Слободан Живојиновић, Serbian pronunciation: [slɔbɔ̌dan ʒiʋɔjǐːnɔʋit͡ɕ]; born on July 23, 1963) is a retired Serbian tennis player who competed for SFR Yugoslavia. Together with Nenad Zimonjić he is the only tennis player from Serbia to be the World No. 1 in doubles. As a singles player, he reached the semi-finals of the 1985 Australian Open and the 1986 Wimbledon Championships, achieving a career-high ranking of World No. 19.

Tennis career[edit]

Živojinović represented SFR Yugoslavia as the number fifteen seed at the 1988 Summer Olympics in Seoul, South Korea, where he was defeated in the second round by France's Guy Forget.

The right-hander won two career singles titles (Houston, 1986 and Sydney, 1988), as well as eight doubles titles. He reached his highest singles ATP ranking on October 26, 1987, when he became World No. 19.

Živojinović's most notable Grand Slam results were two semifinals. As an unseeded player at the 1985 Australian Open, he memorably beat John McEnroe in a gruelling 5-set quarterfinal to reach the semi-finals (where he lost in straight sets to Mats Wilander). The next year, at the 1986 Wimbledon semifinal, again as an unseeded player, he lost to Ivan Lendl in a hard fought five-set match.

Over the course of his career, Živojinović amassed an overall singles record of 150 wins and 138 defeats. He was much more successful in doubles competition, winning the U.S. Open in 1986 with Andrés Gómez. That same year, he won three more tournaments. He was ranked as the No. 1 doubles player in the world on September 8, 1986.

Career titles (10)[edit]

Singles (2)[edit]

Legend
Grand Slam (0)
Tennis Masters Cup (0)
ATP Tour (2)
No. Date Tournament Surface Opponent in the final Score in the final
1. November 17, 1986 Houston, United States Carpet United States Scott Davis 6–1, 4–6, 6–3
2. October 10, 1988 Sydney, Australia Hard (i) United States Richard Matuszewski 7–6(8), 6–3, 6–4

Doubles (8)[edit]

Legend
Grand Slam (1)
Tennis Masters Cup (0)
ATP Tour (7)
No. Date Tournament Surface Partner Opponents in the final Score
1. July 8, 1985 Boston, United States Hard Belgium Libor Pimek Australia Peter McNamara
Australia Paul McNamee
2–6, 6–4, 7–6
2. March 17, 1986 Brussels, Belgium Carpet West Germany Boris Becker Australia John Fitzgerald
Czechoslovakia Tomáš Šmíd
7–6, 7–5
3. March 24, 1986 Rotterdam, Netherlands Carpet Sweden Stefan Edberg Poland Wojtek Fibak
United States Matt Mitchell
2–6, 6–3, 6–2
4. August 26, 1986 US Open, New York City Hard Ecuador Andrés Gómez Sweden Joakim Nyström
Sweden Mats Wilander
4–6, 6–3, 6–3, 4–6, 6–3
5. March 23, 1987 Brussels, Belgium Carpet West Germany Boris Becker United States Chip Hooper
United States Michael Leach
7–6, 7–6
6. March 30, 1987 Milan, Italy Carpet West Germany Boris Becker Spain Sergio Casal
Spain Emilio Sánchez
3–6, 6–3, 6–4
7. October 8, 1988 Tokyo, Japan Carpet Ecuador Andrés Gómez West Germany Boris Becker
West Germany Eric Jelen
7–5, 5–7, 6–3
8. February 12, 1990 Brussels, Belgium Carpet Spain Emilio Sánchez Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia Goran Ivanišević
Hungary Balázs Taróczy
7–5, 6–3

Team competition titles (1)[edit]

No. Date Team competition Surface Partner/Team Opponents in the final Score in final
1. May 27, 1990 World Team Cup, Düsseldorf, Germany Clay Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia Goran Ivanišević
Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia Goran Prpić
United States Jim Courier
United States Brad Gilbert
United States Ken Flach
United States Robert Seguso
2–1

Grand Slam Singles performance timeline[edit]

Tournament 1982 1983 1984 1985 1986 1987 1988 1989 1990 1991 Career SR
Australian Open A A A SF NH 3R 3R 2R A A 0 / 4
French Open 1R A 2R 2R 1R 1R 3R 1R 1R A 0 / 8
Wimbledon A A A 2R SF QF 4R 4R 1R 1R 0 / 7
US Open A A A 1R 1R 3R A 1R A A 0 / 4
Grand Slam SR 0 / 1 0 / 0 0 / 1 0 / 4 0 / 3 0 / 4 0 / 3 0 / 4 0 / 2 0 / 1 0 / 23
  • A = did not participate in the tournament
  • NH = tournament not held
  • SR = the ratio of the number of singles tournaments won to the number of those tournaments played

Personal[edit]

Živojinović was married to Zorica Desnica with whom he has a son Filip. In 1991, Živojinović divorced her and married popular Bosnian folk singer Lepa Brena.

Though undeniably well known for his tennis, Živojinović's media prominence, especially in the years since his retirement, also owes a lot to his marriage to Lepa Brena, Yugoslavia's biggest commercial folk singing star ever. Their wedding on December 7, 1991 was a supreme media event throughout the then still existing Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia. The lavish ceremony took place at Belgrade's InterContinental Hotel with Ion Ţiriac as the groom's best man. The level of interest in the event was such that Brena's manager Raka Đokić even released a VHS tape of the wedding for commercial exploitation.[1] Their very public relationship has been providing steady fodder for various yellow media publications ever since.

The couple have two sons - Stefan (born in New York City in May 1992) and Viktor. In the afternoon hours of Thursday, November 23, 2000, 8-year-old Stefan was kidnapped by members of Zemun mafia clan and returned on Tuesday five days later on the side of BelgradeNiš highway for the ransom sum reported to be more than DM 2 million.[2]

Throughout 2005 and 2006 there were numerous tabloid reports about Živojinović's supposed infidelity and bad state of his marriage. Finally, in April 2006 he reportedly even moved out of the family home following yet another argument with Brena.[3] Though the reports of a separation were frequent and detailed,[4] the couple are still together.

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Sporting positions
Preceded by
France Yannick Noah
Ecuador Andrés Gómez
Ecuador Andrés Gómez
World No. 1 (doubles)
August 25, 1986 - September 7, 1986
September 22, 1986 - October 19, 1986
November 10, 1986 - November 23, 1986
Succeeded by
Ecuador Andrés Gómez
Ecuador Andrés Gómez
Ecuador Andrés Gómez