The Most Famous

TENNIS PLAYERS from Croatia

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This page contains a list of the greatest Croatian Tennis Players. The pantheon dataset contains 1,148 Tennis Players, 25 of which were born in Croatia. This makes Croatia the birth place of the 12th most number of Tennis Players behind Italy and Ukraine.

Top 10

The following people are considered by Pantheon to be the top 10 most legendary Croatian Tennis Players of all time. This list of famous Croatian Tennis Players is sorted by HPI (Historical Popularity Index), a metric that aggregates information on a biography’s online popularity. Visit the rankings page to view the entire list of Croatian Tennis Players.

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1. Nikola Pilić (1939 - )

With an HPI of 65.05, Nikola Pilić is the most famous Croatian Tennis Player.  His biography has been translated into 21 different languages on wikipedia.

Nikola "Niki" Pilić (born 27 August 1939) is a Croatian former professional tennis player who competed for SFR Yugoslavia. He was one of the Handsome Eight. Pilić was ranked world No. 6 in January 1968 and world No. 7 for 1967 by Lance Tingay of The Daily Telegraph.

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2. Goran Ivanišević (1971 - )

With an HPI of 62.34, Goran Ivanišević is the 2nd most famous Croatian Tennis Player.  His biography has been translated into 46 different languages.

Goran Ivanišević (Croatian pronunciation: [ɡǒran iʋanǐːʃeʋitɕ]; born 13 September 1971) is a Croatian former professional tennis player and current tennis coach. He is the only man to win the singles title at Wimbledon as a wildcard. He achieved this in 2001 while being ranked 125th, having previously been runner-up at Wimbledon in 1992, 1994 and 1998. Ivanišević's career-high singles ranking was world No. 2 (behind Pete Sampras) in 1994. He coached Marin Čilić from September 2013 to July 2016, leading Čilić to his only Grand Slam title to date, at the 2014 US Open. Ivanišević was inducted into the International Tennis Hall of Fame in 2020.

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3. Ivo Karlović (1979 - )

With an HPI of 57.40, Ivo Karlović is the 3rd most famous Croatian Tennis Player.  His biography has been translated into 36 different languages.

Ivo Karlović (Croatian pronunciation: [ǐːʋo kâːrloʋitɕ]; born 28 February 1979) is a Croatian professional tennis player. He has won eight ATP singles titles between 2007 and 2016. Karlović's height of 211 cm (6 ft 11 in) makes him the joint tallest ranked tennis player in history, along with Reilly Opelka.He is a serve-and-volleyer and officially held the record for the fastest serve recorded in professional tennis, measured at 251 km/h (156 mph), before being surpassed unofficially by Samuel Groth in 2012, and officially by John Isner in 2016. In his prime, he was considered one of the best servers on tour, holding the all-time record for career aces with 13,728 (not including Davis Cup). This makes him one of only five players in history to surpass 10,000 aces. His height enables him to serve with high speed and unique trajectory.

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4. Iva Majoli (1977 - )

With an HPI of 54.65, Iva Majoli is the 4th most famous Croatian Tennis Player.  Her biography has been translated into 32 different languages.

Iva Majoli-Marić (born 12 August 1977) is a former professional tennis player from Croatia who played for both Yugoslavia and Croatia. She upset Martina Hingis to win the women's singles title at the French Open in 1997. Majoli also won seven other singles titles and one doubles title during her career. She reached a career-high singles ranking of world No. 4 in February 1996.

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5. Goran Prpić (1964 - )

With an HPI of 53.68, Goran Prpić is the 5th most famous Croatian Tennis Player.  His biography has been translated into 19 different languages.

Goran Prpić (born 4 May 1964) is a Croatian tennis coach and former professional tennis player, who played for SFR Yugoslavia and Croatia.

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6. Mario Ančić (1984 - )

With an HPI of 52.25, Mario Ančić is the 6th most famous Croatian Tennis Player.  His biography has been translated into 32 different languages.

Mario Ančić (Croatian pronunciation: [mâːrio âːntʃitɕ]; born 30 March 1984) is a Croatian former professional tennis player who currently works as a private equity vice president in New York City. He won three singles titles and five doubles titles. His career-high singles ranking came during the 2006 ATP Tour, when he reached world no. 7. Ančić helped Croatia to win the 2005 Davis Cup and at the Athens Olympic Games in 2004, he and Ivan Ljubičić won a bronze medal in doubles for Croatia. As a teenager making his Grand Slam debut at the 2002 Wimbledon Championships, he defeated seventh-seeded Roger Federer. His best performance at Grand Slams came at the 2004 Wimbledon Championships, when he reached the semifinals. During 2007 and 2008, mononucleosis and minor injuries forced him to miss many major events, and his ranking dropped from No. 9 in January 2007 to No. 135 in January 2008.

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7. Jelena Dokic (1983 - )

With an HPI of 51.34, Jelena Dokic is the 7th most famous Croatian Tennis Player.  Her biography has been translated into 37 different languages.

Jelena Dokic (Serbian: Јелена Докић, romanized: Jelena Dokić; pronounced [jɛ̌lɛna dokit͡ɕ]; born 12 April 1983) is an Australian tennis coach, commentator, writer, and former professional tennis player. Her highest ranking as a tennis player was world No. 4, in August 2002. She won WTA Tour events on all surfaces during her career. In the 1999 Wimbledon Championships the 16-year-old Dokic achieved one of the biggest upsets in tennis history, beating Martina Hingis 6–2, 6–0. This remains the only time the women's world No. 1 has ever lost to a qualifier at Wimbledon. Dokic went on to reach the quarterfinals of that competition, only her second Grand Slam. Dokic rapidly ascended through the world rankings after her Wimbledon breakthrough, but her time in the world elite was beset by off-court struggles. Her relationship with her outspoken father and coach Damir Dokić, on whose advice she switched allegiance to the Federal Republic of Yugoslavia in November 2000, was the subject of much media speculation over many years. She switched back to Australia in 2005, and accused her father of physical and mental abuse in her 2017 autobiography Unbreakable. Dokic made a serious return to tennis in 2008 and finished 2009 back in the world top 100, but thereafter struggled badly with form and injuries, and ceased playing professionally in 2014.

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8. Borna Ćorić (1996 - )

With an HPI of 49.86, Borna Ćorić is the 8th most famous Croatian Tennis Player.  His biography has been translated into 33 different languages.

Borna Ćorić (Croatian pronunciation: [bôːrna tɕǒːritɕ]; born 14 November 1996) is a Croatian professional tennis player. On 5 November 2018, he reached his best singles ranking of world No. 12.

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9. Sabrina Goleš (1965 - )

With an HPI of 48.88, Sabrina Goleš is the 9th most famous Croatian Tennis Player.  Her biography has been translated into 15 different languages.

Sabrina Goleš (born 3 June 1965) is a former Croatian tennis player who competed for SFR Yugoslavia.

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10. Petra Martić (1991 - )

With an HPI of 48.59, Petra Martić is the 10th most famous Croatian Tennis Player.  Her biography has been translated into 30 different languages.

Petra Martić (Croatian pronunciation: [pêtra mâːrtitɕ]; born 19 January 1991) is a Croatian professional tennis player. She has a career-high singles ranking of world No. 14, achieved in January 2020. Martic has won one singles title on the WTA Tour at the 2019 İstanbul Cup, and reached the quarterfinals of the 2019 French Open. She has also won one WTA doubles and one WTA 125k singles tournament, as well as four singles and five doubles titles on the ITF Circuit.

Pantheon has 25 people classified as tennis players born between 1939 and 1997. Of these 25, 25 (100.00%) of them are still alive today. The most famous living tennis players include Nikola Pilić, Goran Ivanišević, and Ivo Karlović. As of October 2020, 1 new tennis players have been added to Pantheon including Sabrina Goleš.

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