Slobodan Živojinović

Slobodan "Bobo"[1][2][3][4] 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
Živojinović at Wimbledon in the mid 1980s.
Country (sports) Yugoslavia
ResidenceBelgrade, Serbia
Born (1963-07-23) 23 July 1963 (age 59)
Belgrade, SR Serbia, SFR Yugoslavia
Height1.98 m (6 ft 6 in)
Turned pro1981
PlaysRight-handed (one-handed backhand)
Prize money$1,450,654
Career record151–139
Career titles2
Highest rankingNo. 19 (26 October 1987)
Grand Slam singles results
Australian OpenSF (1985)
French Open3R (1988)
WimbledonSF (1986)
US Open3R (1987)
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 semifinals 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 15 seed at the 1988 Summer Olympics in Seoul, 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 was known for his tall, wiry frame that made him the original big-boom server before Goran Ivanisevic.[5] He built his game on his big serve, enhanced greatly by his height and his muscular thighs. He was an exciting player to watch and a very troubling one to play against. His ace total in a match often became difficult to overcome, with the result that no one looked forward to playing the big Serb.[6]

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 five-set quarterfinal to reach the semifinals (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 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 US Open in 1986 with Andrés Gómez. The same year, he won three more tournaments. He was ranked as the world No. 1 doubles player on September 8, 1986.

Career finalsEdit

Singles (2–2)Edit

Grand Slam (0)
Tennis Masters Cup (0)
ATP Tour (2–2)
Result W/L Date Tournament Surface Opponent Score
Loss 0–1 Mar 1985 Nancy, France Carpet (i)   Tim Wilkison 6–4, 6–7, 7–9
Win 1–1 Nov 1986 Houston, United States Carpet (i)   Scott Davis 6–1, 4–6, 6–3
Loss 1–2 May 1988 Forest Hills, United States Clay   Andre Agassi 5–7, 6–7(2–7), 5–7
Win 2–2 Oct 1988 Sydney, Australia Hard (i)   Richard Matuszewski 7–6(10–8), 6–3, 6–4

Doubles (8)Edit

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 (i)   Boris Becker   John Fitzgerald
  Tomáš Šmíd
7–6, 7–5
Win 3. Mar 1986 Rotterdam, Netherlands Carpet (i)   Stefan Edberg   Wojtek Fibak
  Matt Mitchell
2–6, 6–3, 6–2
Win 4. Aug 1986 US Open, New York Hard   Andrés Gómez   Joakim Nyström
  Mats Wilander
4–6, 6–3, 6–3, 4–6, 6–3
Win 5. Mar 1987 Brussels, Belgium Carpet (i)   Boris Becker   Chip Hooper
  Michael Leach
7–6, 7–6
Win 6. Mar 1987 Milan, Italy Carpet (i)   Boris Becker   Sergio Casal
  Emilio Sánchez
3–6, 6–3, 6–4
Win 7. Oct 1988 Tokyo, Japan Carpet (i)   Andrés Gómez   Boris Becker
  Eric Jelen
7–5, 5–7, 6–3
Win 8. Feb 1990 Brussels, Belgium Carpet (i)   Emilio Sánchez   Goran Ivanišević
  Balázs Taróczy
7–5, 6–3

Team competitions (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

Grand Slam singles performance timelineEdit

(W) winner; (F) finalist; (SF) semifinalist; (QF) quarterfinalist; (#R) rounds 4, 3, 2, 1; (RR) round-robin stage; (Q#) qualification round; (DNQ) did not qualify; (A) absent; (NH) not held; (SR) strike rate (events won / competed); (W–L) win–loss record.
Tournament 1982 1983 1984 1985 1986 1987 1988 1989 1990 1991 Career SR
Australian Open A A A SF NH 3R 3R 2R 1R Q2 0 / 6
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 1R 1R A A 0 / 5
Grand Slam SR 0 / 1 0 / 0 0 / 1 0 / 4 0 / 3 0 / 4 0 / 4 0 / 4 0 / 3 0 / 2 0 / 26

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. Desnica later married basketball player Ivo Nakić whom she has a son Mario and daughter Iva with—their son Mario also went on to become a professional basketball player.

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

Živojinović's media prominence, especially in the years since his retirement, owes much to his marriage to Lepa Brena, Yugoslavia's biggest commercial folk singing star. Their wedding on December 7, 1991 was a media event throughout the Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia. The lavish ceremony took place at Belgrade's InterContinental Hotel with Ion Țiriac as the groom's best man. The level of interest in the event was such that Brena's manager Raka Đokić released a VHS tape of the wedding for commercial exploitation.[7] 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.[8]

Throughout 2005 and 2006, there were numerous tabloid reports about Živojinović's supposed infidelity and bad state of his marriage. In April 2006, he reportedly moved out of the family home following an argument with Brena.[9] Although the reports of a separation were frequent and detailed,[10] the couple are still together.


  1. ^ "'BOBO' LOSES NAME GAME, Won't FACE 'BOOM, BOOM' » Mitch Albom". 21 November 2008.
  2. ^ "Have a special feeling for India: Slobodan".
  3. ^ "Davis Cup: Wider and wiser, 'Bobo' returns to India after 26 years". The Indian Express. 11 September 2014.
  4. ^ Allen, JA. "Pete Sampras and the Top 25 Servers in the History of Men's Tennis". Bleacher Report.
  5. ^ Naik, Shivani article in the Indian Express, September 11, 2014>
  6. ^ Allen, Ja article in of Feb 18 2011, on The Top 25 servers in Men's Tennis history - Bobo at 20th place>
  7. ^ Svadba decenije
  8. ^ Stefan predat na niškom autoputu, Glas javnosti, December 1, 2000
  9. ^ Boba ostavio Lepu Brenu,, April 5, 2006
  10. ^ Svet, April 13, 2006

External linksEdit

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 President of the Tennis Federation of Serbia
Succeeded by