Goran Prpić

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Goran Prpić
Goran Prpic Davis Cup 06032011 1.jpg
Country (sports) Yugoslavia
 Croatia (1992–1996)
ResidenceZagreb, Croatia
Born (1964-05-04) 4 May 1964 (age 57)
Zagreb, SR Croatia, SFR Yugoslavia
Height1.80 m (5 ft 11 in)
Turned pro1984
PlaysRight-handed (one-handed backhand)
Prize money$1,303,639
Career record125–120
Career titles1
Highest rankingNo. 16 (29 July 1991)
Grand Slam Singles results
Australian OpenQF (1991)
French OpenQF (1993)
Wimbledon2R (1991)
US Open2R (1991)
Other tournaments
Olympic Games2R (1992)
Career record55–62
Career titles1
Highest rankingNo. 75 (29 July 1991)
Other doubles tournaments
Team competitions
Davis CupSF (1988, 1989)
Hopman CupW (1991)
Medal record

Goran Prpić (born 4 May 1964) is a Croatian tennis coach and former professional tennis player, who played for SFR Yugoslavia and Croatia.


Prpić was born in Zagreb, at the time in SR Croatia, SFR Yugoslavia. He turned professional in 1984. His career was nearly ended by a serious knee injury in February 1986.[1] After a surgery, Prpić spent two years recovering before returning to the Tour.[1] For the rest of his playing career, he wore a custom-made knee brace.[1]

During his career, he won one top-level singles title (at Umag in 1990) and one doubles title (San Remo in 1990). His joint best performance at a Grand Slam tournament was at the 1991 Australian Open, where he reached the quarter-finals. He also reached the quarter-finals of the 1993 French Open. His career-high singles ranking was World No. 16 in 1991.

In 1990, Prpić was a member of the team from Yugoslavia which won the World Team Cup. In 1991, he teamed-up with Monica Seles to help Yugoslavia win the Hopman Cup. A year later in 1992, Prpić teamed-up with Goran Ivanišević to win the men's doubles Bronze Medal at the Olympic Games in Barcelona for the newly independent nation of Croatia.

Prpić retired from the professional tour in 1996.

In 2000, he became the coach of the Croatian women's national tennis team, and in 2006, he also took over coaching of the men's national tennis team.[2][3] He resigned from both positions in November 2011.[4]

Career titles[edit]

ATP Singles (1)[edit]

Result W/L Date Tournament Surface Opponent Score
Win 1–0 May 1990 Umag, Yugoslavia Clay Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia Goran Ivanišević 6–3, 4–6, 6–4

ATP Doubles (1)[edit]

Result W/L Date Tournament Surface Partner Opponents Score
Win 1–0 Aug 1990 Sanremo, Italy Clay Romania Mihnea-Ion Năstase Sweden Ola Jonsson
Sweden Fredrik Nilsson
3–6, 7–5, 6–3

Team events (2)[edit]

No. Date Tournament Surface Partner/Team Opponents Score
1. May 1990 World Team Cup, Düsseldorf, West Germany Clay Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia Goran Ivanišević
Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia Slobodan Živojinović
United States Jim Courier
United States Brad Gilbert
United States Ken Flach
United States Robert Seguso
2. Jan 1991 Hopman Cup, Perth, Western Australia Hard Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia Monica Seles United States Zina Garrison
United States David Wheaton

Exhibitions singles (1)[edit]

No. Date Tournament Surface Opponent Score
1. January 1991 Kooyong, Australia Hard Australia Richard Fromberg 6–4, 6–7(6–8), 6–3


  1. ^ a b c "Pobijediti ozljede znači uspjeti" (PDF). Vjesnik (in Croatian). March 21, 2004. Retrieved 2009-07-12.[dead link]
  2. ^ http://www.vjesnik.hr/html/2000/11/24/Clanak.asp?r=spo&c=10[permanent dead link] (in Croatian)
  3. ^ http://www.monitor.hr/vijesti/goran-prpic-novi-izbornik-hrvatske-davis-cup-reprezentacije/55681/ Archived 2011-09-28 at the Wayback Machine (in Croatian)
  4. ^ "Prpić podnio ostavku, Goran Ivanišević mogući nasljednik" [Prpić resigns, Goran Ivanišević a possible successor]. Vjesnik (in Croatian). 16 November 2011. Archived from the original on 14 June 2012. Retrieved 18 November 2011.

External links[edit]

Awards and achievements
Preceded by
United States Butch Walts
ATP Comeback Player of the Year
Succeeded by
Austria Thomas Muster