Slobodan "Bobo" Živojinović (Serbian Cyrillic: Слободан Живојиновић, pronounced [slɔbɔ̌dan ʒiʋɔjǐːnɔʋit͡ɕ]; born 23 July 1963) is a Serbian former professional tennis player who competed for SFR Yugoslavia.
|Born||23 July 1963|
Belgrade, SR Serbia, SFR Yugoslavia
|Height||1.98 m (6 ft 6 in)|
|Plays||Right-handed (one-handed backhand)|
|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 semifinals 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 was known for his tall, wiry frame that made him the original big-boom server before Goran Ivanisevic. 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.
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.
|Grand Slam (0)|
|Tennis Masters Cup (0)|
|ATP Tour (2–2)|
|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|
|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 (i)||Boris Becker|| John Fitzgerald
|Win||3.||Mar 1986||Rotterdam, Netherlands||Carpet (i)||Stefan Edberg|| Wojtek Fibak
|2–6, 6–3, 6–2|
|Win||4.||Aug 1986||US Open, New York||Hard||Andrés Gómez|| Joakim Nyström
|4–6, 6–3, 6–3, 4–6, 6–3|
|Win||5.||Mar 1987||Brussels, Belgium||Carpet (i)||Boris Becker|| Chip Hooper
|Win||6.||Mar 1987||Milan, Italy||Carpet (i)||Boris Becker|| Sergio Casal
|3–6, 6–3, 6–4|
|Win||7.||Oct 1988||Tokyo, Japan||Carpet (i)||Andrés Gómez|| Boris Becker
|7–5, 5–7, 6–3|
|Win||8.||Feb 1990||Brussels, Belgium||Carpet (i)||Emilio Sánchez|| Goran Ivanišević
Team competitions (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||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|
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.
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. 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. In April 2006, he reportedly moved out of the family home following an argument with Brena. Although the reports of a separation were frequent and detailed, the couple are still together.
- "'BOBO' LOSES NAME GAME, Won't FACE 'BOOM, BOOM' » Mitch Albom". 21 November 2008.
- "Have a special feeling for India: Slobodan".
- "Davis Cup: Wider and wiser, 'Bobo' returns to India after 26 years". The Indian Express. 11 September 2014.
- Allen, JA. "Pete Sampras and the Top 25 Servers in the History of Men's Tennis". Bleacher Report.
- Naik, Shivani article in the Indian Express, September 11, 2014>https://indianexpress.com/article/sports/tennis/wider-and-wiser-bobo-returns-to-india-after-26-years/
- Allen, Ja article in Bleacherreport.com of Feb 18 2011, on The Top 25 servers in Men's Tennis history - Bobo at 20th place> https://bleacherreport.com/articles/612431-pete-sampras-and-the-top-25-servers-in-the-history-of-mens-tennis
- Svadba decenije
- Stefan predat na niškom autoputu, Glas javnosti, December 1, 2000
- Boba ostavio Lepu Brenu, index.hr, April 5, 2006
- Svet, April 13, 2006