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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.
Živojinović at Wimbledon in the mid 1980s.
|Born||23 July 1963|
Belgrade, SR Serbia, SFR Yugoslavia
|Height||1.98 m (6 ft 6 in)|
|Highest ranking||No. 19 (26 October 1987)|
|Grand Slam Singles results|
|Australian Open||SF (1985)|
|French Open||3R (1988)|
|US Open||3R (1987)|
|Highest ranking||No. 1 (8 September 1986)|
|Grand Slam Doubles results|
|Australian Open||QF (1985)|
|French Open||1R (1985, 1989, 1991)|
|US Open||W (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.
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.
|Grand Slam (0)|
|Tennis Masters Cup (0)|
|ATP Tour (2)|
|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|
|Grand Slam (1)|
|Tennis Masters Cup (0)|
|ATP Tour (7)|
|Win||1.||Jul 1985||Boston, United States||Hard||Libor Pimek|| Peter McNamara
|2–6, 6–4, 7–6|
|Win||2.||Mar 1986||Brussels, Belgium||Carpet||Boris Becker|| John Fitzgerald
|Win||3.||Mar 1986||Rotterdam, Netherlands||Carpet||Stefan Edberg|| Wojtek Fibak
|2–6, 6–3, 6–2|
|Win||4.||Aug 1986||US Open, New York City||Hard||Andrés Gómez|| Joakim Nyström
|4–6, 6–3, 6–3, 4–6, 6–3|
|Win||5.||Mar 1987||Brussels, Belgium||Carpet||Boris Becker|| Chip Hooper
|Win||6.||Mar 1987||Milan, Italy||Carpet||Boris Becker|| Sergio Casal
|3–6, 6–3, 6–4|
|Win||7.||Oct, 1988||Tokyo, Japan||Carpet||Andrés Gómez|| Boris Becker
|7–5, 5–7, 6–3|
|Win||8.||Feb, 1990||Brussels, Belgium||Carpet||Emilio Sánchez|| Goran Ivanišević
Team competition titles (1)Edit
|1.||May 1990||World Team Cup, Düsseldorf, Germany||Clay|| Goran Ivanišević
| Jim Courier
Grand Slam Singles performance timelineEdit
|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
Živojinović was engaged to Zorica Desnica with whom he has a son Filip. The couple broke up before getting to the altar.
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. 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 Belgrade–Niš highway for the ransom sum reported to be more than DM 2 million.
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. Though the reports of a separation were frequent and detailed, the couple are still together.
- Slobodan Živojinović at the Association of Tennis Professionals
- Slobodan Živojinović at the International Tennis Federation
| World No. 1 (doubles)
August 25, 1986 - September 7, 1986
September 22, 1986 - October 19, 1986
November 10, 1986 - November 23, 1986
| President of the Tennis Federation of Serbia