Goran Ivanisevic and Conchita Martinez are heading to the International Tennis Hall of Fame. The news was announced on Tuesday at the Australian Open, where both Ivanisevic and Martinez were participating as coaches.
Ivanisevic is best remembered for his memorable win at Wimbledon in 2001. The Croatian, ranked No.125 at the time, entered the tournament as a wildcard, and managed to win the tournament to claim his first and only career Grand Slam. He also has a bronze medal in singles and doubles from the 1992 Olympic Games in Barcelona.
“This is a huge honor. I am proud and humbled to become the first-ever Tennis Hall of Famer from Croatia,” said Ivanisevic. “I am grateful to the committee for selecting me for this honor and so thankful to the fans who supported me in the Fan Vote and throughout my entire career, especially so many great fans in Croatia. I am honored and excited to become a Hall of Famer.”
Ivanisevic is serving as the coach for Novak Djokovic, who is currently attempting to defend his Australian Open title from 2019.
Martinez, just like Ivanisevic, has one Grand Slam title in her career, winning Wimbledon in 1994. She has two silver and one bronze Olympic medals, all won in doubles. The 47-year-old Spaniard is currently working as part of Garbine Muguruza’s coaching staff.