In his last opportunity to join the immortals at the International Hall of fame in Newport, former world no. 2 Goran Ivanisevic will be inducted on July 18, earning the ultimate tennis honor as a Wimbledon champion and one of the most decorated players from the 90s.
The unique character with a booming serve and constant net rushings, Goran won almost 600 ATP matches and claimed 22 ATP titles, two of those at the Masters 1000 level on his beloved indoor carpet surface. Known for many meltdowns and unprecedented moments on the court and press conferences, Goran secured tennis glory at Wimbledon 2001, receiving a wild card ranked 125th and heading all the way despite terrible pain in his shoulder to lift the beloved trophy that he failed to conquer on the previous three occasions when he lost in the final.
Since Wimbledon 2019, Ivanisevic has been in Novak Djokovic's coaching staff, helping the Serb to celebrate at the All England Club and working on his serve that is continuously becoming a bigger and bigger weapon in the Serb's arsenal.
Defeating Milos Raonic in the quarter-final of the Australian Open, Djokovic praised Ivanisevic and congratulated him on the International Hall of Fame induction, knowing him for almost 20 years and having a chance to practice a little bit with the famous Croat at Niki Pilic Academy in Germany before becoming one of the greatest players of all time himself.
"Congratulation my dear coach Goran for being introduced into the International Hall of Fame; you deserve it. Goran is the legend of our sport and someone very close to me, my career and my life, knowing him since I was 12.
I met Goran at Niki Pilic Academy in Germany where he was preparing for Wimbledon title; I was there practicing and it was amazing to have the opportunity to spend some time with him on and off the court. Ever since, we have had a very friendly relationship, speaking the same language and getting along very well. I'm honored to have him on my team."
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