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Željko Franulović (Croatian pronunciation: [ʒêːʎko franǔːloʋitɕ];[1][2] born 13 June 1947) is a Croatian former tennis player who competed for SFR Yugoslavia and has since had a long career in tennis management. He has been the Monte-Carlo Masters tournament director since 2005.[3]

Željko Franulović
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Franulović at the 1975 Dutch Open in Hilversum in July 1975.
Country (sports) Yugoslavia
ResidenceSplit, Croatia
Born (1947-06-13) 13 June 1947 (age 72)
Korčula, PR Croatia, FPR Yugoslavia
Turned pro1969 (amateur tour from 1965)
Retired1980
PlaysRight-handed (one-handed backhand)
Singles
Career record353–275
Career titles10
Highest rankingNo. 8 (1 March 1971)
Grand Slam Singles results
French OpenF (1970)
Wimbledon3R (1970)
US Open3R (1975, 1976, 1977)
Other tournaments
Tour FinalsRR (1970, 1971)
Doubles
Career record190–196
Career titles7

Whilst his career-high ATP singles ranking was World No. 33, the ATP rankings were installed after Franulović's 1969-1971 heyday - Franulović was ranked inside the Top 20 in both 1970 and 1971, reaching as high as World No. 8 in March 1971.

BiographyEdit

Franulović was born on the island of Korčula to father Ivo and mother Katica, but at the age of one month got brought to Split where he grew up.[4] Franulović's playing career lasted for 12 years between 1969 and 1980, during which he won a total of 9 singles professional titles as well as 7 doubles titles.

He is remembered for reaching the French Open final in 1970, which he lost to Czech Jan Kodeš in straight sets.[5] He reached the semi-finals the following year. He also won the Monte-Carlo Masters in 1970.

Since retiring from playing tennis, Franulović became involved in the ATP since the 1990s.[6] He was the coach of the Croatian Davis Cup Team from 1994 to 1997.[6] He was the Tournament Representative for Europe on the Association of Tennis Professionals' Board of Directors, between 2007 and 2009.[7]

Grand Slam finalsEdit

Singles: (1 runner-up)Edit

Result Year Championship Surface Opponent Score
Loss 1970 French Open Clay   Jan Kodeš 2–6, 4–6, 0–6

Grand Prix Championship Series singles finalsEdit

Wins (1)Edit

Year Championship Opponent in Final Score in Final
1970 Monte Carlo   Manuel Orantes 6–4, 6–3, 6–3

Grand Slam tournament performance timelineEdit

Key
W  F  SF QF #R RR Q# A NH
(W) Won; (F) finalist; (SF) semifinalist; (QF) quarterfinalist; (#R) rounds 4, 3, 2, 1; (RR) round-robin stage; (Q#) qualification round; (A) absent; (NH) not held. SR=strike rate (events won/competed)

SinglesEdit

Tournament 1966 1967 1968 1969 1970 1971 1972 1973 1974 1975 1976 1977 1978 1979 1980 1981 1982 1983 SR
Grand Slam tournaments
Australian Open A A A A A A A A A A A A A A A A A A A 0 / 0
French Open 1R 1R 4R QF F SF 2R 2R 3R 3R A 1R 2R 1R 1R 1R A 1R 0 / 16
Wimbledon A 1R A 2R 3R 2R A A A A 2R A A A A A A A 0 / 5
US Open A A 1R 1R A 2R A A A 3R 3R 3R A A A A A A 0 / 6
Strike Rate 0 / 1 0 / 2 0 / 2 0 / 3 0 / 2 0 / 3 0 / 1 0 / 1 0 / 1 0 / 2 0 / 2 0 / 2 0 / 1 0 / 1 0 / 1 0 / 1 0 / 0 0 / 1 0 / 27

Note: The Australian Open was held twice in 1977, in January and December.

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "žèljeti". Hrvatski jezični portal (in Serbo-Croatian). Retrieved 2018-03-17. Žȇljko
  2. ^ "Fránjo". Hrvatski jezični portal (in Serbo-Croatian). Retrieved 2018-03-17. Franúlović
  3. ^ Zeljko Franulovic Announces Record Attendance
  4. ^ Marković, Rodoljub (May 1969). "Željko Franulović - Prvi reket domaćeg tenisa". Tempo. Retrieved 12 April 2015.
  5. ^ http://www.sporting-heroes.net/tennis-heroes/displayhero.asp?HeroID=2069
  6. ^ a b "Željko Franulović". Tennis Club Split. Retrieved 2012-02-10.
  7. ^ "USTA urges ATP to relocate event". Sports Business Daily. 2009-12-07. Retrieved 2012-02-10.

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