Goran Ivanisevic Biography
(Former Croatian Tennis Player, Coach and Only Player to Have Won a Wimbledon Singles Title as a Wildcard)
Birthday: September 13, 1971 (Virgo)
Born In: Split, Croatia
Goran Ivanisevic is a Croatian former professional tennis player who is best known for being the only person to win the men's singles title at Wimbledon as a wildcard, a feat he achieved in 2001. Even though he was never able to reach the World No. 1 ranking, he was consistently rated amongst the best players of his generation during his playing career. His highest singles ranking was World No. 2 (behind Pete Sampras) in 1994. Interested in sports from a young age, he underwent rigorous coaching in tennis as a young boy which ultimately led to a successful professional career. His middle-class family made a lot of sacrifices to ensure that he received all the opportunities to make it big as a professional tennis player and he did not disappoint his parents. He started his career at the age of 17, playing doubles tournaments with Rudiger Hass and eventually focused more on the singles tennis. He qualified for his first Grand Slam tournament at the 1989 Australian Open while still a teenager and managed to win four matches before he was knocked out by Miloslav Mecir. He played tennis for 16 years before his retirement following which he became a coach.