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Slobodan Živojinović

Slobodan "Boba" Živojinović (Serbian Cyrillic: Слободан Живојиновић, pronounced [slɔbɔ̌dan ʒiʋɔjǐːnɔʋit͡ɕ]; born 23 July 1963) is a Serbian former professional tennis player who competed for SFR Yugoslavia.

Slobodan Živojinović
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Živojinović at Wimbledon in the mid 1980s.
Country (sports) Yugoslavia
ResidenceBelgrade, Serbia
Born (1963-07-23) 23 July 1963 (age 56)
Belgrade, SR Serbia, SFR Yugoslavia
Height1.98 m (6 ft 6 in)
Turned pro1981
Retired1992
PlaysRight-handed
Prize money$1,450,654
Singles
Career record150–138
Career titles2
Highest rankingNo. 19 (26 October 1987)
Grand Slam Singles results
Australian OpenSF (1985)
French Open3R (1988)
WimbledonSF (1986)
US Open3R (1987)
Doubles
Career record151–102
Career titles8
Highest rankingNo. 1 (8 September 1986)
Grand Slam Doubles results
Australian OpenQF (1985)
French Open1R (1985, 1989, 1991)
WimbledonSF (1987)
US OpenW (1986)

Together with Nenad Zimonjić, he is the only tennis player from Serbia to be the World No. 1 in doubles. As a singles player, he reached the semi-finals of the 1985 Australian Open and the 1986 Wimbledon Championships, achieving a career-high ranking of world No. 19 in October 1987.

Tennis careerEdit

Živojinović represented SFR Yugoslavia as the number fifteen seed at the 1988 Summer Olympics in Seoul, South Korea, where he was defeated in the second round by France's Guy Forget.

The right-hander won two career singles titles (Houston, 1986 and Sydney, 1988), as well as eight doubles titles. He reached his highest singles ATP ranking on October 26, 1987, when he became World No. 19.

Živojinović's most notable Grand Slam results were two semifinals. As an unseeded player at the 1985 Australian Open, he memorably beat John McEnroe in a grueling 5-set quarterfinal to reach the semi-finals (where he lost in straight sets to Mats Wilander). The next year, at the 1986 Wimbledon semifinal, again as an unseeded player, he lost to Ivan Lendl in a hard-fought five-set match.

Over the course of his career, Živojinović amassed an overall singles record of 150 wins and 138 defeats. He was much more successful in doubles competition, winning the U.S. Open in 1986 with Andrés Gómez. That same year, he won three more tournaments. He was ranked as the No. 1 doubles player in the world on September 8, 1986.

Career titlesEdit

Singles (2)Edit

Legend
Grand Slam (0)
Tennis Masters Cup (0)
ATP Tour (2)
Result No. Date Tournament Surface Opponent Score
Win 1. Nov 1986 Houston, United States Carpet   Scott Davis 6–1, 4–6, 6–3
Win 2. Oct 1988 Sydney, Australia Hard (i)   Richard Matuszewski 7–6(10–8), 6–3, 6–4

Doubles (8)Edit

Legend
Grand Slam (1)
Tennis Masters Cup (0)
ATP Tour (7)
Result No. Date Tournament Surface Partner Opponents Score
Win 1. Jul 1985 Boston, United States Hard   Libor Pimek   Peter McNamara
  Paul McNamee
2–6, 6–4, 7–6
Win 2. Mar 1986 Brussels, Belgium Carpet   Boris Becker   John Fitzgerald
  Tomáš Šmíd
7–6, 7–5
Win 3. Mar 1986 Rotterdam, Netherlands Carpet   Stefan Edberg   Wojtek Fibak
  Matt Mitchell
2–6, 6–3, 6–2
Win 4. Aug 1986 US Open, New York City Hard   Andrés Gómez   Joakim Nyström
  Mats Wilander
4–6, 6–3, 6–3, 4–6, 6–3
Win 5. Mar 1987 Brussels, Belgium Carpet   Boris Becker   Chip Hooper
  Michael Leach
7–6, 7–6
Win 6. Mar 1987 Milan, Italy Carpet   Boris Becker   Sergio Casal
  Emilio Sánchez
3–6, 6–3, 6–4
Win 7. Oct, 1988 Tokyo, Japan Carpet   Andrés Gómez   Boris Becker
  Eric Jelen
7–5, 5–7, 6–3
Win 8. Feb, 1990 Brussels, Belgium Carpet   Emilio Sánchez   Goran Ivanišević
  Balázs Taróczy
7–5, 6–3

Team competition titles (1)Edit

No. Date Team competition Surface Partner/Team Opponents Score
1. May 1990 World Team Cup, Düsseldorf, Germany Clay   Goran Ivanišević
  Goran Prpić
  Jim Courier
  Brad Gilbert
  Ken Flach
  Robert Seguso
2–1

Grand Slam Singles performance timelineEdit

Tournament 1982 1983 1984 1985 1986 1987 1988 1989 1990 1991 Career SR
Australian Open A A A SF NH 3R 3R 2R A A 0 / 4
French Open 1R A 2R 2R 1R 1R 3R 1R 1R A 0 / 8
Wimbledon A A A 2R SF QF 4R 4R 1R 1R 0 / 7
US Open A A A 1R 1R 3R A 1R A A 0 / 4
Grand Slam SR 0 / 1 0 / 0 0 / 1 0 / 4 0 / 3 0 / 4 0 / 3 0 / 4 0 / 2 0 / 1 0 / 23
  • A = did not participate in the tournament
  • NH = tournament not held
  • SR = the ratio of the number of singles tournaments won to the number of those tournaments played

Personal lifeEdit

 
Živojinović at Wimbledon in the mid-1980s.

Živojinović was engaged to Zorica Desnica with whom he has a son Filip. The couple broke up before getting to the altar.

In 1991, Živojinović married popular Yugoslav folk singer Fahreta Jahić known as Lepa Brena.

Though undeniably well known for his tennis, Živojinović's media prominence, especially in the years since his retirement, also owes a lot to his marriage to Lepa Brena, Yugoslavia's biggest commercial folk singing star ever. Their wedding on December 7, 1991 was a supreme media event throughout the then still existing Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia. The lavish ceremony took place at Belgrade's InterContinental Hotel with Ion Ţiriac as the groom's best man. The level of interest in the event was such that Brena's manager Raka Đokić even released a VHS tape of the wedding for commercial exploitation.[1] Their very public relationship has been providing steady fodder for various yellow media publications ever since.

The couple have two sons — Stefan (born in New York City in May 1992) and Viktor. In the afternoon hours of Thursday, November 23, 2000, 8-year-old Stefan was kidnapped by members of Zemun mafia clan and returned on Tuesday five days later on the side of BelgradeNiš highway for the ransom sum reported to be more than DM 2 million.[2]

Throughout 2005 and 2006 there were numerous tabloid reports about Živojinović's supposed infidelity and bad state of his marriage. Finally, in April 2006 he reportedly even moved out of the family home following yet another argument with Brena.[3] Though the reports of a separation were frequent and detailed,[4] the couple are still together.

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Sporting positions
Preceded by
  Yannick Noah
  Andrés Gómez
  Andrés Gómez
World No. 1 (doubles)
August 25, 1986 - September 7, 1986
September 22, 1986 - October 19, 1986
November 10, 1986 - November 23, 1986
Succeeded by
  Andrés Gómez
  Andrés Gómez
  Andrés Gómez
Preceded by
Boško Ivanović
President of the Tennis Federation of Serbia
2006–2011
Succeeded by
Vuk Jeremić