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Goran Ivanisevic
Height: 6-foot-4
Weight: 180
Plays: Left-handed
Career Titles: 22
Birthplace: Split, CRO
Birthdate: Sept. 13, 1971

Career Highlights

After taking off the clay-court season to rest his shoulder, he was unable to put off surgery any longer and will likely be unable to defend his Wimbledon title.


  • After losing in the first round of the qualifiers at the Australian Open, he did not even try to qualify at the French Open. He was given a wild card to Wimbledon where he became the first wild card to ever win a Grand Slam event. After a three-day rain-delayed semifinal defeat of Tim Henman 7-5, 6-7 (6), 0-6, 7-6 (5), 6-3, Ivanisevic defeated Patrick Rafter in an epic five-set match 6-3, 3-6, 6-3, 2-6, 9-7 to take home the championship.

  • Qualified for the Tennis Masters Cup in Sydney where he went 1-2 in round robin play.


  • After struggling most of the year with shoulder problems, finished the year at his lowest level since 1998. 1999
  • Reached the finals in Los Angeles and the doubles final at Roland Garros with Jeff Tarango. Reached the fourth round at Wimbledon.


  • Defeated Greg Rusedski 7-6, 7-6 to win the Croatian Indoors.

  • Lost to Pete Sampras 7-6, 6-7, 4-6, 6-3, 2-6 in the finals at Wimbledon.

  • Led the ATP in aces with 1,065 for the fifth time in seven years.


  • His bid to capture his first Wimbledon title after two runner-up finishes in years past was denied when he fell to Sweden's Magnus Norman in the second round.

  • Was upended by Thomas Muster in the Australian Open quarterfinals before falling to Magnus Gustaffson in the first round of the French Open.


  • Had the best season of his career, winning five singles titles in a career-high nine finals.

  • Blistered almost 1,500 aces (average of 15.4 per match) by his opponents, an ATP Tour record.

  • Finished the year ranked fourth, his fifth straight top-10 finish.

  • Lost to eventual-champion Pete Sampras in the U.S. Open semifinals.

  • Won titles in Zagreb, Dubai, Milan, Rotterdam, and Moscow.

  • Reached the finals in Sydney, Antwerp, Key Biscayne and Indianapolis.

    Bowed out to Pete Sampras in his second Wimbledon final appearance.


  • Lost a five-set thriller in the final to Andre Agassi at Wimbledon despite hammering 206 aces (average of 29.4 per match) over the fortnight.

  • Brought home bronze medals in both singles and doubles at the Barcelona Olympics.