Ivanisevic to miss Henman clash
29 November 2003
Tim Henman has been denied the chance to exact some revenge on his old foe Goran Ivanisevic after the Croat pulled out of the Honda Challenge.
Ivanisevic had been due to take on Henman at the Royal Albert Hall next Thursday to raise money for the British number one's charity Kids at Heart. But he was forced out with a recurrence of his shoulder problems.
Ivanisevic to face Henman
29 September 2003
Goran Ivanisevic, the 2001 Wimbledon champion, will face Tim Henman in an exhibition match at the Honda Challenge in December.
The Croat has battled injury since his Wimbledon win, but is fit to face the player he beat on the way to his 2001 triumph.
The event also sees three former Wimbledon champions in action - Boris Becker, Michael Stich and John McEnroe.
"We are delighted Goran has decided to join us for the first time," said tournament director John Beddington.
Ivanisevic 'to retire soon'
01 September 2003
Former Wimbledon champion Goran Ivanisevic is planning to announce his retirement in the near future, according to his agent. Ivanisevic, who turns 32 on 13 September, returned to the ATP Tour in February after undergoing left shoulder surgery last year.
But the Croatian suffered another blow when an elbow injury limited him to only three tournaments.
"He is going to retire soon. He's thinking about it more and more these days," Ivanisevic's agent Gerard Tsobanian said at the US Open on Sunday.
"He is still suffering from an elbow injury and does not want to opt for surgery."
Ivanisevic failed to win a match during his brief comeback and was a pale shadow of the player who won Wimbledon as a wild card in 2001 after being a runner-up in 1992, 1994 and 1998.
He has won 22 ATP singles titles during his career and rose to second in the world rankings in July 1994.
News of his impending retirement follows the exits of Pete Sampras and Michael Chang.
Goran Ivanisevic Withdraws From Wimbledon
15 June 2003
WIMBLEDON, England - Former champion Goran Ivanisevic has pulled out of Wimbledon because of injuries.
Ivanisevic, the 2001 winner, withdrew for the second straight year, this time because of a knee injury, organizers said Sunday.
Ivanisevic, a big-serving left-hander, enjoyed a storybook victory two years ago as the first wild card to win a Grand Slam tournament.
He hurt his knee while practicing with Croatian teammate Mario Ancic last week. Ivanisevic lost to Jan Vacek at the Queen's Club tournament in London on Monday.
Ivanisevic's career has been plagued by shoulder, knee and foot problems. Wimbledon starts on June 23 and he doesn't think he will be ready in time.
Goran Ivanisevic doubtful for Wimbledon
13 June 2003
ZAGREB: Former champion Goran Ivanisevic's return to Wimbledon is in doubt after he damaged a knee ligament while training.
Ivanisevic hurt himself while training with Croatian countryman Mario Ancic in England on Wednesday. A doctor recommended therapy and a week away from tennis.
Wimbledon, which Ivanisevic won in 2001, starts June 23.
"I don't know what to say - shoulder, elbow, a seashell, and now the knee again," Ivanisevic said in listing his troubles to the daily Sportske Novosti Thursday.
"This isn't normal. I cannot go through 10 consecutive days of training."
The latest injury will likely rule him out of an ATP tournament next week in Nottingham.
"I don't know, I haven't made up my mind yet, but I'm not sure if I'll be able to play," Ivanisevic said.
He missed Wimbledon last year because he was recovering from a shoulder operation.
Ivanisevic lost his first-round match on Monday at the Queen's Club in London to Jan Vacek.
He had minor surgery in April to remove a piece of seashell from his left foot and said before the tournament, his fourth of the year, he began walking properly only last week.
Injury blow for Ivanisevic
09 June 2003
Goran Ivanisevic's dream of returning to Wimbledon hangs by a thread after a flare-up of his elbow injury during his 6-2 6-2 defeat to Jan Vacek in the Stella Artois Championship
Ivanisevic went downhill after losing serve in the first game of the match and admitted he had had few hopes of Queen's Club progress after coming into the tournament short of match practice.
But he is more concerned with the results of the scans he will have on his elbow and troublesome shoulder.
Ivanisevic said: "I didn't expect to win to be honest. I had some cortisone shots in my elbow but when I hit my serves it hurt.
"It is frustrating not being able to serve and if I can't serve then all I am useful for is mowing the grass or painting the lines or serving the strawberries.
"If I had to play one more match of my career it would be Wimbledon but I don't just want to go on court and crawl like a pig and do nothing.
"I am already a member so I can come and have some tea and watch some matches. But I still believe that when I am fit I can do anything at Wimbledon."
Goran Goes Out
09 June 2003
Goran Ivanisevic, the man who defeated Rusedski in the semifinal six years ago, was not as successful as he went in search of his first win on the ATP circuit in more than a year. The former Wimbledon champion, who had not won a match at this level since the 2002 NASDAQ-100 Open in Miami, has also been under the knife following shoulder and foot injuries.
The 31-year-old from Croatia, who became a father in April, was still suffering with shoulder and elbow problems as he went down 6-2, 6-2 against Jan Vacek of the Czech Republic, who will now play another former Wimbledon champion Richard Krajicek in the next round.
"I've had problems with my elbow since I came back at the Heilbronn Challenger [in January] and against the States in Davis Cup, and in Indian Wells against [Gustavo] Kuerten," said Ivanisevic. "I can't explain it. It's one year since I had my surgery and I hadn't played since the accident in Miami [where he injured his foot on the beach]. I started to play six days ago, so I didn't expect anything spectacular here. It was getting colder and he was returning very well. I can't get one or two free points on my serve and expect to win.
"I've never played well here [at Queen's]. When I won Wimbledon I had a disaster here. I played better today than I did in that match. My goal was to come here to England to see what happened, so I failed. Not because I lost the match, but because of my shoulder and my elbow. There's still two weeks to go so I hope I can manage something. I'll have some scans tomorrow and see what's going on."
Looking ahead, Ivanisevic added: "I'm not sure if I'm going to play at Wimbledon, but there's still time. It's like going to Rome and not seeing the Pope, it's frustrating to come to England and not go to Wimbledon. Maybe I can cut some grass, or paint some lines, or serve some strawberries.
"I said to God before I won Wimbledon, just let me win this match and I don't care if I never play tennis again. Then, after 13 years with no injuries, all these things happen. So maybe he heard and now it's tough to negotiate with God. It's non-negotiation with him."
Thanks to Arim & Emma
Two Former Wimbledon Champions Receive Stella Artois Wild Cards
15 May 2003
Goran Ivanisevic will return to the Stella Artois Championships and Richard Krajicek will make his debut after the two former Wimbledon champions accepted wild card invitations into the event at the Queen’s Club, 9-15 June, 2003.
Ivanisevic has been injured for much of the past 12 months and hinted that he may retire after Wimbledon, but despite pulling out of the French Open with a foot injury, he has decided to have another crack at the Stella Artois title in his 11th appearance. The Croatian reached the final in 1997, losing to Mark Philippoussis.
Dutchman Krajicek won Wimbledon in 1996, and will bring his big serve-and-volley game to the Queen’s Club for the first time in his 14-year career.
At 31, both players feature less regularly on the tennis circuit these days, but on grass, they are still capable of beating anyone in the world.
Ivanisevic defeated Andy Roddick, Greg Rusedski, Tim Henman and Pat Rafter on his way to the Wimbledon title two years ago, while Krajicek saw off Pete Sampras and Michael Stich en route to the 1996 crown.
They join Lleyton Hewitt, Henman, Rusedski, Roddick, Marat Safin and a host of other big names who will contest the Stella Artois Championships in 2003.
Ivanisevic set for Queen's
15 May 2003
Former Wimbledon champion Goran Ivanisevic has accepted a wild card invitation to next month's Stella Artois Championships.
He will be joined by Richard Krajicek, who will be making his debut at the Queen's Club tournament, held between 9-15 June.
Ivanisevic has been injured for most of the last year, hinting he may retire after this summer's Wimbledon.
But despite pulling out of the French Open with a foot problem, he has decided to make his 11th appearance at Queen's.
"Usually I play very badly at Queen's," said the Croatian, who lost the 1997 final to Mark Philippoussis.
"But it's a great tournament, a nice club, they really take good care of you, and there are always a lot of people that come to watch.
"I like to play there and I always hope I'm going to do well, but it doesn't happen. I made the final one year - I don't know how, but I did."
Ivanisevic and 1996 Wimbledon champion Krajicek will join Lleyton Hewitt, Tim Henman, Greg Rusedski, Andy Roddick and a host of other big names contesting the event.
Ivanisevic pulls out of French Open
13 May 2003
PARIS (AP) _ Goran Ivanisevic pulled out of the French Open on Tuesday with a foot injury.
The 2001 Wimbledon champion's spot in the field will be taken by Marc Rosset of Switzerland.
Ivanisevic had minor surgery last month to remove a piece of seashell from his left foot. He's also still working his way back from last year's shoulder operation.
The French Open starts May 26.
Goran Signs Up For The Open
08 May 2003
Paris, France (Sports Network) - Former Wimbledon champion Goran Ivanisevic has pulled out of the upcoming French Open, citing a foot injury.
The 31-year-old Croatian underwent minor surgery last month to remove a piece of seashell from his left foot and continues to work his way back from a left shoulder operation performed last May.
Ivanisevic captured that elusive Wimbledon crown in 2001 after finishing as the runner-up on three other occasions. He owns 22 singles titles and has earned just under $20 million on the ATP circuit.
Roland Garros 2003 will commence May 26 in Paris.
Thanks to Emma for passing on the news :)
Goran Ivanisevic Pulls Out Of Rome Masters Series
06 May 2003
Goran has pulled out of the Rome Masters Series due to niggling injuries.
Conflicting reports on the name of Gorans daughter. Initially it was reported that it had been named 'Nina' but it is now being reported that it has been called 'Amber Maria'
Goran Ivanisevic Becomes a Father
21 April 2003
Easter has brought its own special treat for Goran and his girlfriend Tatjana. Tatjana gave birth yesterday at a hospital in Munich to a baby girl, the couples first child.
Thanks to M Dean
Ivanisevic has minor foot surgery
09 April 2003
ZAGREB, Croatia (AP) _ Goran Ivanisevic underwent minor surgery to remove a piece of seashell that stuck in his foot while he was strolling a Florida beach.
The injury forced the former Wimbledon champion to miss last weekend's Davis Cup quarterfinals. Croatia was swept by Spain 5-0.
He had surgery on his left foot Wednesday in Zagreb, the newspaper Sportske Novosti reported. Ivanisevic has been struggling after a shoulder operation last year.
He hurt his foot while in Miami this month, Croatian media reported. Doctors initially stitched the sole but X-rays later showed a tiny sharp object lodged inside, causing persistent pain.
Ivanisevic to undergo surgery
08 April 2003
Former Wimbledon champion Goran Ivanisevic requires surgery after he cut his heel on a seashell while walking barefoot on a Miami beach last month.
The 32-year-old big-serving Croat had originally been consigned to the sidelines for a couple of weeks.
But, Ivanisevic has remained in pain and was forced to pull out of Croatia's 5-0 Davis Cup defeat at the hands of Spain last weekend.
And now doctors in Zagreb believe that something has apparently become lodged in his heel and have recommended surgery.
Ivanisevic, who is set to be out of action for at least three more weeks, is quoted as saying: "I am sick of forecasts. I hope I will be able to play in Rome (in May)."
The 2001 Wimbledon champion, who underwent shoulder surgery almost 12 months ago, recently announced plans to make this year's Wimbledon his last tournament.
Ivanisevic and his girlfriend, model Tatjana Dragovic, are expecting a daughter in late May.
Ivanisevic to miss Davis Cup tie against Spain
26 March 2003
ZAGREB: Former Wimbledon champion Goran Ivanisevic will miss Croatia's Davis Cup tie against Spain next month, the Croatian Tennis Association (HTS) said on Tuesday.
The 31-year-old cut his heel on a seashell while walking barefoot on a Miami beach last week.
Doctors initially thought Ivanisevic would be able to play within a week, but further tests showed he would be out of action for at least another 10 days.
Coach Niki Pilic has named Ivan Ljubicic, Mario Ancic, Lovro Zovko and 21-year old newcomer Mario Radic on the team for the tie which will take place in Valencia on April 4-6, the HTS said in a statement.
Croatia, led by Ljubicic who won all three of his matches, staged a surprise victory in their first round tie against the United States in Zagreb in February.
The big-serving Ivanisevic, still battling to regain his form after shoulder surgery last May, only played in the doubles.
He has said that this year's Wimbledon -- where he triumphed in 2001 -- could be his final tournament.
Injury Forces Goran To Retire in Miami
21 March 2003
Goran Ivanisevic, the 1996 runner-up, withdrew before his Nasdaq-100 Open match after cutting his left foot while wading in the Atlantic Ocean on Miami Beach.
Goran 'to quit after Wimbledon'
16 March 2003
Goran Ivanisevic insists he will play at Wimbledon this year come what may. Ivanisevic, Wimbledon champion in 2001, was unable to defend his title last year because of his injuries.
This year his problems have continued, but he is determined to appear at SW19 one more time.
"I am going to come to Wimbledon even if they have to push me there in a wheelchair," told the Jutarnji List newspaper in Croatia.
"If it is my fate to leave tennis this year, then Wimbledon will be my last tournament.
"I will play the All England and then decide what next."
He and his wife are expecting a child soon, and Ivanisevic added: "That will give me something to do - change nappies and play with her."
Kuerten breezes past Ivanisevic
12 March 2003
BRAZIL's Gustavo Kuerten has defeated Goran Ivanisevic 6-2 6-4 to reach the second round of the $2.45 million ATP Masters Series hardcourt event here.
The 26-year-old Brazilian and three-time Roland Garros champion needed just 53 minutes to dismiss the Croatian.
Kuerten hit 20 winners to Ivanisevic's 11 and made just 15 unforced errors to his opponent's 24.
Kuerten, a 1999 semi-finalist here, will now face either Spain's Felix Mantilla or No.4 seed Roger Federer of Switzerland.
In other early first round matches, Spain's Carlos Moya blitzed American Michael Chang 6-0 6-3, Germany's Rainer Schuettler beat Australian Wayne Arthurs 6-4 7-6 (7-3) and Argentina's Guillermo Coria downed Italy's Davide Sanguinetti 6-0 2-6 6-0.
Ivanisevic ready to return
06 March 2003
Goran Ivanisevic is set to make his comeback from injury in the Masters Series event at Indian Wells next week.
Ivanisevic has not played since he damaged knee ligaments in the first round of the Dubai Open last month.
"I've been training for two days. It's not bad although I still wear a knee protector," Ivanisevic told Croatian newspaper Sportske Novosti.
"My elbow still hurts, but I will play at Indian Wells."
The 2001 Wimbledon champion had shoulder surgery last May which left a legacy of related problems and kept him out for nine months.
He was forced to retire during his second match at a Challenger tournament in Germany in January before suffering his latest setback in Dubai.
Ivanisevic out at least three weeks with knee injury
25 February 2003
Former Wimbledon champion Goran Ivanisevic will be sidelined three-to-four weeks after injuring his right knee during the Dubai Open.
Doctors said he has a strained ligament, the ATP said Tuesday.
"I am feeling better now and I am planning to leave for home tonight," Ivanisevic told The Associated Press. He refused to elaborate.
Ivanisevic quit his match against Russian qualifier Andrei Stoliarov on Monday when he felt pain in his right knee and was forced to stop with the score 6-6.
The 31-year old Croat missed virtually all of last year's season because of a left shoulder operation.
"My shoulder was hurting but I was happy with the way I served, happy the way I played," he said. "I think the shoulder is not a problem now, but just the knee."
The first sign of trouble came while he was trailing Stoliarov 5-6 and 15-40, when he slipped and needed immediate treatment. However, he fought back and evened the set at 6-6 before collapsing in pain.
Ivanisevic won Wimbledon in 2001. His doubles play helped Croatia to a 4-1 win over the United States this month in the Davis Cup.
Goran ready to roar again
23 February 2003
GORAN Ivanisevic once said he would be found hanging by his neck from a lamp post if he never got the chance to return to the Wimbledon centre court where 19 months ago he won the most dramatic final of them all.
His chances of avoiding such suicidal feelings should be better known in the next few days when he will play his first match on the ATP Tour for 11 months.
Ivanisevic has accepted a wild card into the $US1 million ($1.68 million) Dubai Open and has also landed what should be a favourable draw, against a qualifier.
But no-one can be sure how successful the 31-year-old Croatian will be in resurrecting a career which has been threatened during much of the last three years by a shoulder problem.
The operation which Ivanisevic had last May has left a legacy of related strains and pains which caused him to retire during his second match at a Challenger tournament in Germany last month.
Patriotic adrenalin carried him through the Davis Cup tie against the United States three weeks ago, but Ivanisevic only played in the doubles, and his Middle East venture could therefore offer the first insights as to whether a new phase in his career really is beginning.
Although Ivanisevic's surprise presence has been a boost to the outdoor hard court event, it has also been hit by the withdrawal of three leading names.
Tommy Haas, the former world No.2 from Germany, still has shoulder problems; Guillermo Canas, the top 20 Argentinian, has aggravated a wrist injury; and Juan Carlos Ferrero tore ankle ligaments at the Rotterdam tournament on Friday.
The Spaniard's injury could sideline him for anything from two to six weeks, and it also robbed Dubai of its champion, forcing the tournament to engage in frantic last moment changes to its promotional material.
The new favourite is Roger Federer, the 21-year-old Swiss player who is keen to rid himself of a creeping reputation of being one of the most talented under-achievers on the tour.
Federer is seeded for a final with Marat Safin, the former world No.1 from Russia who is sometimes burdened with a similar label, despite playing the major role in helping his country win the Davis Cup.
Safin is seeded for a semi-final with Jiri Novak, the deviously languid Czech who is trying to build on the achievements of the best year of his career during which he broke into the world's top ten for the first time.
Federer's projected semi-final is with Tim Henman, the man who frustrated him in a memorable Wimbledon quarter-final in 2001 after Federer had beaten Pete Sampras.
However, the Briton is only just returning after six months away from the tour with a shoulder injury.
Henman may therefore find it hard to get past a second round with Ivan Ljubicic, another Croatian Davis Cup hero, who defeated him in his comeback match in Rotterdam.
Source: FOX Sports
Ivanisevic gets a wild card
22 February 2003
Former Dubai Open champion Goran Ivanisevic has been given a wild card for the Dubai Duty Free Men's Open which gets under way at the Dubai Tennis Stadium tomorrow.
The qualifiers for the main draw will start from today.
Salah bin Tahlak, the new tournament director, was quick to confirm the presence of the former champion at this year's tournament as a wild card.
"It's a tremendous boost for the tournament for a former champion of the caliber of Goran coming in and requesting for a wild card," bin Tahlak said. "It's so positive for the image of the tournament and the tough competition that we are all guaranteed for the next one week."
He, however, refrained from divulging the names of the two other players who have been offered wild cards here.
The main draw for this year's Dubai Open is led by third ranked Marat Safin of Russia along with fourth ranked Juan Carlos Ferrero, sixth ranked Roger Federer, seventh ranked Jiri Novak, eighth ranked Tim Henman and 10th ranked Tommy Haas of Germany.
"It's such a great line-up for the tournament, something similar to what we had for the ladies competition. This just puts the name and fame of Dubai a few notches higher," bin Tahlak said.
Momentous Return For Ivanisevic In Zagreb
08 February 2003
In incredible scenes at the Hall Dom Sportova in Zagreb, Goran Ivanisevic and Ivan Ljubicic came all the way back from two sets down to defeat James Blake and Mardy Fish of the United States in five sets.
The Croatian pair won 36 46 76 64 64 to give their nation a 2-1 advantage heading into the reverse singles on Sunday.
“I needed this kind of atmosphere,” said an ecstatic Ivanisevic afterwards. “I was so happy - jumping, singing – it’s so nice to beat those guys, they are a big team. You don’t play the USA every day so this is special.”
It was the third time in their last four Davis Cup by BNP Paribas doubles rubbers that Ivanisevic and Ljubicic have won from a two-sets-to-love deficit, and it was made all the more remarkable by the circumstances beforehand. Until he practised earlier in the day, Ivanisevic wasn’t even sure that he would be able to play, such was the pain that he was still feeling in his left shoulder.
But a couple of painkilling injections later, the mighty Croatian took to the court in front of 3,500 roaring fans.
Ivanisevic started terribly though, failing to find any rhythm on his trademark serve, and the Americans took advantage, breaking the former Wimbledon champion in his first service game after he hit two double faults.
It didn’t get any better in the second as the Croatian lost his serve again early on and they failed to get back on level terms.
In the third, with the crowd willing him on, and Ljubicic continuing the impressive form he showed in his singles victory over Fish the day before, Ivanisevic finally found his form.
A closely fought tiebreak got them back into the match, and a drilled Ivanisevic return at the feet of Fish in the first game of the fourth set handed Croatia the advantage. They didn’t let it slip.
The decider went with serve until Blake served at 4-4, and another Ivanisevic backhand at the in-rushing American’s feet was enough to strike the decisive blow.
It was left to Ljubicic to serve out the match, and the duo jumped into the air in delight as the crowd went crazy.
“When I had the most pain I served my best,” said Ivanisevic. “In the fifth set I had really big pain but they (Blake and Fish) couldn’t read my serve. I said to Ivan that we would break Blake because he played four sets yesterday and today like he was from another planet. You can’t play like that for two days, you have to have at least one bad game and that’s what happened.”
It means Ljubicic needs to beat Blake in the first of the reverse singles on Sunday to give Croatia victory.
Amazing Comeback Puts Croatia 2-1 Up Against U.S.
08 February 2003
AFTER BEING thoroughly outplayed for the first two sets, Ivanisevic, weakened by an arm injury and playing his first top-level match since shoulder surgery last May, somehow lifted his game and the Croatian pair snatched the third set on a tiebreak, winning it 7-5.
Roared on by an intimidating crowd in Hall Dom Sportiva, Ivanisevic and Ljubicic broke the Fish serve to love at the start of the fourth set and maintained the advantage to level at two sets apiece after more than two and a half hours of intense play.
The deciding set with serve until the ninth game, when Blake was unable to make a low volley from Ivanisevic’s attempted pass. Ljubicic then served out to give a jubilant Croatia team an incredible victory. Ljubicic will meet Blake in the first of the reverse singles on Sunday, while 18-year-old Mario Ancic is scheduled to play Fish in the final match of the tie.
Ivanisevic to Play Doubles Against U.S.
27 January 2003
ZAGREB, Croatia - Former Wimbledon champion Goran Ivanisevic, still recovering from a shoulder operation, will play doubles only in Croatia's Davis Cup competition against the United States in February.
"Doctors examined him and agreed his condition has improved but he is still unable to endure best-of-three-sets singles matches," a national tennis association official told Reuters. "He will, however, play doubles."
The big-serving Ivanisevic, who won Wimbledon as a wild card entry in 2001, underwent shoulder surgery last May.
He won a comeback match at a challenger tournament in Germany last week but had to withdraw from the next match, complaining of unbearable pain in his left arm and elbow.
Ivan Ljubicic and 18-year-old Mario Ancic, 23rd on the ATP list after reaching the fourth round at the Australian Open, will play singles, while coach Niki Pilic named the inexperienced Lovro Zovko as the fourth player on the team.
Thanks to M Dean
Ivanisevic: I'll overcome new injury setback
25 January 2003
Former Wimbledon champion Goran Ivanisevic insisted on Friday that his latest injury setback will not force him to call time on his career - because he wants his child to see him play. The 31-year-old Croatian made his comeback here this week at the 100,000 ATP Challenger event after spending 10 months out of the sport because of surgery on his injured shoulder.
But he was forced to retire from his second round match against Dutch second seed Raemon Sluiter when he was trailing 0-4 in the first set and having beaten Russia's Andrei Stoliarov in three tough sets in the first round, Ivanisevic said the pain he felt in his arm and elbow was too much to bear.
"But I don't want to stop playing altogether because I want my child to see me play on the tennis court," said Ivanisevic whose last competitive match before this week had been his defeat to Franco Squillari in Miami in March last year when again he had to retire hurt.
"I couldn't make an impact in my match with Sluiter because of the pain," added the Croatian who only lasted 20 minutes against the Dutchman.
Ivanisevic had said earlier this week that he planned to marry girlfriend Croatian model Tatjana Dragovic who is due to give birth to the couple's first child in June.
He will now travel to Munich for further treatment on his shoulder but it seems unlikely that he will be fit enough to play for Croatia against the United States in the Davis Cup in Zagreb from February 7-9.
Ivanisevic won his first Grand Slam title at Wimbledon in 2001 after being a runner-up three times.
Ivanisevic doubtful for Davis Cup match against the United States
24 January 2003
Goran Ivanisevic is doubtful for next month's Davis Cup tie against the United States because of a chronic shoulder injury, a sports daily reported Friday.
Ivanisevic withdrew from a second-round match at a Challenger event in Heilbronn, Germany, on Thursday, his first tournament after undergoing shoulder surgery 10 months ago.
"Davis Cup? At this moment, I don't think about anything but the pain (in the arm), let alone Davis Cup," Croatian sports daily Sportske Novosti quoted Ivanisevic as saying. "I have no idea if I'm able to play." br>br> Ivanisevic had been tentatively scheduled to play the doubles in Croatia's Feb. 7-9 tie against the United States.
In Heilbronn, Ivanisevic won his first-round match against Russian Andrei Stoliarov in what Croatian media celebrated as a "glorious comeback."
But he retired because of pain after 20 minutes of the second-round match against Raemon Sluiter of the Netherlands.
"I couldn't do anything, my arm hurt terribly," Ivanisevic was quoted as saying. "I suffered for 10 months, underwent an operation to feel better and now this. ... I've never felt so miserable."
Ivanisevic said he would seek help from a physician in Munich.
"I'll let him give me 30 injections if that'd help. I'm in such a state that I'd go to Tibet on foot if I knew that would help," he said. "I'm totally lost."
Goran looks forward to fatherhood
23 January 2003
Croatia's former Wimbledon champion Goran Ivanisevic said he was looking forward to becoming a father for the first time in June.
"Little Ivanisevic is the most clever thing that I have ever done in my life," the 31-year-old told the daily Sportske Novosti.
"I hope that everything will go well. Everybody says that being a parent is an awesome thing.
"We are still thinking about the name and they say it will be a boy."
He also announced that he and his girlfriend, Croatian model Tatjana Dragovic, planned to marry.
Ivanisevic returned to the courts at Heilbronn, Germany, on Monday following a year-long break after undergoing shoulder surgery.
The Croatian star is testing his form for a possible place in the Davis Cup tie against the United States in Zagreb on February 7.
But he admitted that he enjoyed the break from the gruelling circuit.
"I have seen what it is like to live without stress and panic.
It is really nice!" added Ivanisevic, who won his first Grand Slam title at Wimbledon in 2001 after being a runner-up three times.
Ivanisevic eyes Davis Cup tie after comeback win
22 January 2003
ZAGREB, Jan 22 (Reuters) Former Wimbledon champion Goran Ivanisevic has set his sights on playing doubles for Croatia in their Davis Cup tie against the U.S. next month after winning on his comeback from a shoulder injury.
Ivanisevic made a successful return after shoulder surgery in May with a 7-5 4-6 6-3 first-round victory over Russian Andrei Stoliarov in a challenger tournament in Heilbronn, Germany yesterday.
''The Heilbronn tournament is a real test for me. It started well and I think I will certainly play doubles against the Americans,'' the 32-year-old told Croatian daily Jutarnji List today.
''They are favourites, but we play at home and it gives us a good chance of winning.'' Talking about his victory over Stoliarov, Ivanisevic added: ''I played well, but what makes me even more happy is that I felt no pain in my shoulder.'' Croatia's Davis Cup coach Nikola Pilic said recently he hoped Ivanisevic would be ready to play both singles and doubles against the U.S. in Zagreb on February 7-9.
Ivanisevic, who in 2000 became the first wildcard entry to win Wimbledon, also said that he would like to play there again.
''I would like to play Wimbledon once again, but I do not want just to come and than fly back after first match,'' he said.
''Every time I arrive at Wimbledon I have a feeling I can win the tournament.''
Goran Wins At HeilbronnOpen
22 January 2003
Goran has won his comeback match against Andrei STOLIAROV!
7:5, 4:6, 6:3
Ivanisevic eyes Wimbledon encore
21 January 2003
Goran Ivanisevic says he wants to play at Wimbledon one more time as he prepares to play in his first tournament this year.
The Croatian star had a shoulder operation eight months ago and he's picked a Challenger tournament in Germany as his first tournament.
Ivanisevic picked the same Heilbronn Open in 2001 to relaunch his career after slipping into a deep slump.
"I am now in an almost identical situation, except that I am coming back from an injury," Ivanisevic said. "I am a bit superstitious after all."
Eventually, the big server got a wild card for Wimbledon and went all the way to capture the title, becoming the first wild card to win a Grand Slam title.
But Ivanisevic's first priority is Croatia's home Davis Cup match against the United States from February 7-9 in Zagreb.
"I came here to put myself through a tough test. If I get through it, I will decide whether I can play doubles at the Davis Cup," he said.
Ivanisevic said his shoulder still hurt when he serves. "Perhaps it will last another two months. I must be patient," he said.
But he added: "I want to play Wimbledon one more time. But I don't want to open the tournament and then fly home immediately. Any time I go to Wimbledon, I think I can win.''
Ivanisevic targets 2004 Olympics
19 January 2003
AFP[ SUNDAY, JANUARY 19, 2003 ] ZAGREB, Croatia: Injury-stricken former Wimbledon champion Goran Ivanisevic said on Sunday he hoped to compete in the 2004 Athens Olympics and to carry the Croatian flag once again.
The 31-year-old from Split, who has not competed in over a year after undergoing shoulder surgery in May 2002, told the daily Vjesnik competing in Athens had become a goal for him.
Ivanisevic carried the flag for Croatia at the opening ceremony of the 1992 Barcelona Games and also competed in Atlanta, but missed the Sydney Olympics with shoulder problems.
And he admitted he would like "to carry the Croatian flag in Athens and compete in another Olympic tournament." Ivanisevic will return to the courts Monday at Heilbronn, Germany, to test his form for a possible place in the Davis Cup tie against the United States in Zagreb on February 7.
But the Croat, who won the 2001 Wimbledon title after being a runner-up three times, said that for the moment competing in a singles match was "science fiction" despite the fact his arm was improving daily.
Goran set for Cup singles
04 January 2003
Former Wimbledon champion Goran Ivanisevic is ready to make a quicker than anticipated return to singles action after recovering from shoulder surgery. The 31-year-old was expected to make his comeback after eight months on the sidelines in Croatia's first round Davis Cup doubles rubber against the USA.
However, Davis Cup captain Niki Pilic told a Croatian newspaper that Ivanisevic could also feature in the singles.
"Ivanisevic can now serve without any fear of pain. His condition is much better than I expected," Pilic said.
Ivanisevic has not played competitively since surgery on his left shoulder in May which prevented him from defending his Wimbledon title.
He is due to make a low-key return in an ATP Challenger event in Germany on 20 January.
The Davis Cup tie with the USA will be played on an indoor carpet court in Zagreb from 7-9 February.
The winner faces Spain or Belgium in the quarter-finals.