Goran Ivanisevic Interview

Tennis Magazine - October 1998
Passing Shots: 9 Questions with Goran Ivanisevic


Interviewers - black
Goran - sage.

IN JULY, GORAN IVANISEVIC REACHED the finals at Wimbledon for the third time in his career (losing to Pete Sampras). While he has yet to win a Grand Slam, his run at Wimbledon signaled to the world that he is back. Ivanisevic had been in a slump, finishing outside the top 10 in 1997 for the first time since 1991.

Where have you been the last two years?

My name was here, but I don't know where I was. This year, the way I played at Wimbledon, the way I have kept my focus, the way I was thinking, has really been a big step forward in my tennis career.

Breaking your finger (in May of 1997) couldn't have helped. How did it happen?
Only I could break my finger this way. I went home, but I forgot what I went home for. So I went (back) out to the car, then I remembered what I came for. So I went back in but I closed the car door on my finger. I smashed it and broke a couple of bones

Did it hurt?
No, it was very nice. I'm going to do it again.

What is your favourite word in the English language?

What's the first word that comes to mind when I say the name Pete Sampras?
Great champion

Marcelo Rios?
Weird guy

Goran Ivanisevic?
Strange Guy

What do you think of the phrase: The best active player to have never won a Grand Slam?
That hurts.

Would you prefer 1999 Wimbledon Champion?
Oh, Yeah. But only if I beat Sampras in the final