|Born||9 May 1939|
|Height||1.86 m (6 ft 1 in)|
|Turned pro||1968 (amateur from 1962)|
|Plays||Right-handed (one-handed backhand)|
|Int. Tennis HoF||2013 (member page)|
|Highest ranking||No. 19 (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. 8 (9 April 1979)|
|Grand Slam doubles results|
|Australian Open||2R (1977Jan)|
|French Open||W (1970)|
|Davis Cup||F (1969Ch, 1971Ch, 1972)|
Ion Țiriac (Romanian pronunciation: [iˈon t͡siriˈak]; born 9 May 1939), also known as the "Brașov Bulldozer", is a Romanian businessman and former professional tennis and ice hockey player. He has been president of the Romanian Tennis Federation.
A former singles top 10 player on the ATP Tour, Tiriac was the winner of one grand slam title, the 1970 French Open in men's doubles. Țiriac was the first man to play against a woman and defeat her, in a sanctioned tennis tournament (against Abigail Maynard, in 1975). The highlight of his ice hockey career was participating as defenseman in the Romanian national team at the 1964 Winter Olympics.
After retirement, Tiriac became active as a tennis coach, advisor and player agent in the 1980s, taking under his wing Ilie Năstase, Manuel Orantes, Adriano Panatta, Guillermo Vilas, Henri Leconte and the young Boris Becker. Later, Țiriac developed the Mutua Madrid Open ATP masters tennis tournament, which he owns. In 2013, he was elected as contributor into the International Tennis Hall of Fame. He has been managing French tennis player Lucas Pouille since December 2016.
As a tennis player, Tiriac played dramatic five-setters against Rod Laver, Stan Smith, Jan Kodeš and Manuel Orantes. His singles record includes wins over Arthur Ashe, Stan Smith, Roscoe Tanner, Manuel Orantes, Andrés Gimeno, Adriano Panatta and Niki Pilić. He played three Davis Cup finals (in 1969, 1971 and 1972).
As of April 2022, Forbes ranked him as the third-richest person in Romania with a net worth of $1.6 billion.
Țiriac was born in Transylvania, which is probably the reason why he has the nickname 'Count Dracula'. He first appeared on the international sports scene as a child ping pong champion, then subsequently 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.
John McPhee wrote of him that his drooping mustache suggests "that this man has been to places most people do not imagine exist. He appears to be a panatela ad, a triple agent from Alexandria, a used-car salesman from central Marrakesh. Tiriac has the air of a man who is about to close a deal in a back room behind a back room."
Țiriac participated in the short period during the 1970s when women dabbled as coeds in established men's tennis tournaments. In his first match he defeated Abigail Maynard 6–0, 6–0 in their round one match at USTA pro circuit's Fairfiled County International Tennis Championship. It was the first time ever a female had entered a men's tournament.
After his retirement, he served as coach and manager for players such as Ilie Năstase, Guillermo Vilas, Mary Joe Fernández, Goran Ivanišević and Marat Safin. He became the sports agent of Boris Becker and managed his career from 1984 to 1993.
Țiriac was president of the Romanian Olympic and Sports Committee from 1998 to 2004.
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, Țiriac was nominated for the International Tennis Hall of Fame in the contributor category.
On 13 July 2013, Țiriac joined the International Tennis 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.
After his retirement as a professional tennis player, Țiriac became a businessman in (then West) 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. (In reality, Țiriac was popular and outgoing, especially when he served as player/coach of the Boston Lobsters of World Team Tennis in the 1970s.)
In Germany, Țiriac met another Romanian businessman, Dan Petrescu. Țiriac and Petrescu became economic partners and collaborated in the development of several companies in the following years.
Following the collapse of communism in Romania, Țiriac started numerous businesses and investments back home. In 1990, he founded Ion Țiriac Bank, 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.
Țiriac is an avid car collector. The Tiriac Collection represents the exhibition of cars and motorcycles under his ownership. Reopened to the public in May 2015, the collection includes historical vehicles manufactured since 1899 and also modern exotics with about 350 cars and 165 cars at full time display on a rotation basis. Visitors will find the only collection in the world with 2 Rolls-Royce Phantoms IV, as well as exhibits that previously belonged to great names such as Sir Elton John, Sammy Davis Jr. or Bernie Ecclestone.
In 2006, Țiriac was selected as one of the 100 Greatest Romanians, ranking #77.
Ion Țiriac became the first Romanian to enter Forbes' List of billionaires in the 2007 Forbes rankings, ranking 840th 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).
In 2018, Ion Țiriac ranked #1867 on the Forbes World's Billionaires list, with wealth listed at US$1.2 billion.
Țiriac was married to Erika Braedt, a handball player, between 1963 and 1965.
He has a son, Ion Țiriac Jr., with Mikette von Issenberg, a fashion model; and further two children, Karim Mihai and Ioana Natalia, with Sophie Ayad, an Egyptian journalist.
According to Cinemagia, he dubbed the character Kron for the Romanian version of Dinosaur.
Grand Slam finals
Doubles 2 (1–1)
|Loss||1966||French Championships||Clay||Ilie Năstase|| Dennis Ralston
|3–6, 3–6, 0–6|
|Win||1970||French Open||Clay||Ilie Năstase|| Arthur Ashe
|6–2, 6–4, 6–3|
Grand Prix and WCT Tour finals (24–25)
|Win||1–0||Aug 1970||Munich, Germany||Clay||Nikola Pilić||2–6, 9–7, 6–3, 6–4|
|Win||2–0||May 1971||Madrid, Spain||Clay||Ilie Năstase||7–5, 6–1, 6–0|
|Loss||2–1||Feb 1972||Omaha, Nebraska, US||Hard (i)||Ilie Năstase||6–2, 1–6, 1–6|
|Grand Slam tournaments|
|Grand Prix Masters|
|Group 1 tournaments|
|Group 2 tournaments|
|Win||1–0||Feb 1970||Philadelphia WCT, US||Carpet||Ilie Năstase|| Arthur Ashe
|Win||2–0||May 1970||French Open, Paris||Clay||Ilie Năstase|| Arthur Ashe
|6–2, 6–4, 6–3|
|Win||3–0||Apr 1970||Rome, Italy||Clay||Ilie Năstase|| William Bowrey
|0–6, 10–8, 6–3, 6–8, 6–1|
|Loss||3–1||Jul 1970||Washington DC, US||Clay||Ilie Năstase|| Bob Hewitt
|Win||4–1||Jul 1970||Cincinnati, US||Clay||Ilie Năstase|| Bob Hewitt
|Loss||4–2||Jul 1970||Indianapolis, US||Clay||Ilie Năstase|| Arthur Ashe
|6–2, 4–6, 4–6|
|Loss||4–3||Nov 1970||London, UK||Carpet||Ilie Năstase|| Ken Rosewall
|4–6, 3–6, 2–6|
|Win||5–3||Mar 1971||Hampton, US||Hard (i)||Ilie Năstase|| Clark Graebner
|6–4, 4–6, 7–5|
|Win||6–3||Apr 1971||Monte Carlo, Monaco||Clay||Ilie Năstase|| Tom Okker
|1–6, 6–3, 6–3, 8–6|
|Loss||6–4||Apr 1971||Palermo, Sicily, Italy||Clay||Ilie Năstase|| Georges Goven
|Loss||6–5||May 1971||Brussels, Belgium||Clay||Ilie Năstase|| Marty Riessen
|Win||7–5||Feb 1972||Kansas City, US||Indoor||Ilie Năstase|| Andrés Gimeno
|6–7, 6–4, 7–6|
|Loss||7–6||Feb 1972||Los Angeles, California, US||Ilie Năstase|| Jim Osborne
|2–6, 7–5, 4–6|
|Win||8–6||Mar 1972||Hampton, US||Hard (i)||Ilie Năstase|| Andrés Gimeno
|Win||9–6||Apr 1972||Rome, Italy||Clay||Ilie Năstase|| Lew Hoad
|3–6, 3–6, 6–4, 6–3, 5–3, RET.|
|Loss||9–7||May 1972||Bournemouth, England||Clay||Ilie Năstase|| Frew McMillan
|Loss||9–8||Jun 1972||Hamburg, Germany||Clay||Bob Hewitt|| Ilie Năstase
|6–4, 0–6, 6–3, 2–6, 2–6|
|Win||10–8||Aug 1972||Montreal, Canada||Clay||Ilie Năstase|| Jan Kodeš
|Loss||10–9||Feb 1973||Des Moines, Iowa, US||Hard||Juan Gisbert|| Jan Kukal
|6–4, 6–7, 1–6|
|Loss||10–10||Mar 1973||Hampton, Virginia, US||Hard||Jimmy Connors|| Ilie Năstase
|6–4, 6–7, 1–6|
|Win||11–10||Mar 1973||Valencia, Spain||Clay||Mike Estep|| Patrick Hombergen
|6–4, 1–6, 10–8|
|Loss||11–11||Apr 1973||Barcelona, Spain||Clay||Mike Estep|| Manuel Orantes
|Loss||11–12||May 1973||Bournemouth, England||Clay||Adriano Panatta|| Ilie Năstase
|Loss||11–13||Jun 1973||Hamburg, Germany||Clay||Manuel Orantes|| Hans-Jürgen Pohmann
|6–7, 6–7, 6–7|
|Loss||11–14||Jun 1973||Eastbourne, England||Grass||Manuel Orantes|| Jim McManus
Ove Nils Bengtson
|4–6, 6–4, 5–7|
|Win||12–14||Aug 1973||Louisville, Kentucky, US||Clay||Manuel Orantes|| Clark Graebner
|0–6, 6–4, 6–3|
|Loss||12–15||Aug 1973||Indianapolis, Indiana, US||Clay||Manuel Orantes|| Frew McMillan
|Win||13–15||Jan 1977||Baltimore, Maryland, US||Carpet||Guillermo Vilas|| Ross Case
|6–3, 6–7, 6–4|
|Loss||13–16||Feb 1977||Springfield, Massachusetts||Carpet||Guillermo Vilas|| Frew McMillan
|Loss||14–16||Mar 1977||Nice, France||Clay||Guillermo Vilas|| Chris Kachel
|Loss||14–17||Jul 1977||South Orange, New Jersey, US||Clay||Guillermo Vilas|| Colin Dibley
|Loss||14–18||Sep 1977||Paris, France||Clay||Ilie Năstase|| Jacques Thamin
|2–6, 6–4, 3–6|
|Win||15–18||Sep 1977||Aix-en-Provence, France||Clay||Ilie Năstase|| Patrice Dominguez
|Win||16–18||Oct 1977||Tehran, Iran||Clay||Guillermo Vilas|| Bob Hewitt
|1–6, 6–1, 6–4|
|Win||17–18||Oct 1977||Tehran, Iran||Clay||Guillermo Vilas|| Bob Hewitt
|1–6, 6–1, 6–4|
|Win||18–18||Nov 1977||Buenos Aires, Argentina||Clay||Guillermo Vilas|| Ricardo Cano
|Win||19–18||May 1978||Munich, Germany||Clay||Guillermo Vilas|| Jürgen Fassbender
|3–6, 6–4, 7–6|
|Loss||19–19||Jul 1978||South Orange, New Jersey, US||Clay||Guillermo Vilas|| John McEnroe
|Win||20–19||Sep 1978||Aix-en-Provence, France||Clay||Guillermo Vilas|| Jan Kodeš
|Loss||20–20||Nov 1978||Paris Bercy, France||Hard||Guillermo Vilas|| Andrew Pattison
|Loss||20–21||Jan 1979||Hobart, Tasmania, Australia||Grass||Guillermo Vilas|| Bob Giltinan
|Loss||20–22||Jan 1979||Richmond, Virginia, US||Carpet||Guillermo Vilas|| John McEnroe
|Win||21–22||Mar 1979||San José, Costa Rica||Hard||Guillermo Vilas|| Anand Amritraj
|Loss||21–23||May 1979||French Open, Paris, France||Clay||Virginia Ruzici|| Wendy Turnbull
|3–6, 6–2, 3–6|
|Loss||21–24||Jul 1979||Gstaad, Switzerland||Clay||Guillermo Vilas|| John Marks
|3–6, 6–2, 3–6|
|Win||22–24||Jul 1979||North Conway, US||Clay||Guillermo Vilas|| John Sadri
|Grand Slam tournaments|
|Australian Championships/Australian 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|
- Țiriac Holdings
- Allianz-Țiriac Asigurări România
- Țiriac Leasing
- Tir Travel (formerly Țiriac Travel)
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- Țiriac, Ion; Năstase, Ilie (1972). Ar fi fost prea frumos... Editura Stadion. OCLC 895420065.
- Țiriac, Ion (1974). Victorie cu orice preț. Editura Stadion. OCLC 895420017.
- 1939 births
- Living people
- Grand Slam (tennis) champions in men's doubles
- Ice hockey players at the 1964 Winter Olympics
- International Tennis Hall of Fame inductees
- Olympic ice hockey players of Romania
- Sportspeople from Brașov
- Romanian billionaires
- Romanian businesspeople
- Romanian male tennis players
- Universiade medalists in tennis
- People named in the Panama Papers
- Universiade gold medalists for Romania
- Universiade bronze medalists for Romania
- French Open champions
- Medalists at the 1961 Summer Universiade
- Medalists at the 1965 Summer Universiade
- Presidents of the Romanian Olympic and Sports Committee
- Presidents of the Romanian Tennis Federation