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The Best Tennis Players from Croatia 

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List of the best tennis players from Croatia, listed by popularity with photos of the players when available. Croatia has produced some very talented tennis players over the years, including both men and women. These are some of the most talented Croatian tennis players to ever live, so if you're a native of Croatia and are aspiring to play tennis professionally then these people should be your idols. If you're searching for a particular popular tennis player from Croatia then you can use the "search" box to find who you're looking for.

The list you're viewing is made up of many different male and female players, including Karolina Šprem and Nikola Pilić.

This list answers the questions, "Who are the greatest Croatian tennis players?" and "Who is the best Croatian tennis player of all time?"

You can click on the names of these legendary tennis players of Croatia in order to get more information about each one. If you play tennis or just love the sport then use this list of talented Croatian tennis players to find some athletes you haven't heard of before.
Goran Ivanisevic is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Tennis Players from Croatia
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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 person to win the men's singles title at Wimbledon as a wildcard. He achieved this in 2001, having previously been runner-up at the championships in 1992, 1994 and 1998. Before the 2001 tournament, he was ranked 125th and after his victory he was 16th. His 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 biggest achievement to date, the 2014 US Open title. ...more on Wikipedia

Birthplace: Split, Croatia, Yugoslavia

Nationality: Croatia

Year Turned Pro: 1988

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Marin Čilić is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Tennis Players from Croatia
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Marin Čilić

Marin Čilić (Croatian pronunciation: [mâriːn tʃǐːlitɕ]; born 28 September 1988) is a Croatian professional tennis player. Over the course of his career, Čilić has won 18 ATP singles titles, including a Grand Slam title at the 2014 US Open. His career-high singles ranking is world No. 3, achieved on 28 January 2018. Čilić first came to international prominence by defeating world No. 2 Andy Murray in the fourth round of the 2009 US Open, and then reaching the semi-finals at the Australian Open a few months later. He was also runner-up at the 2017 Wimbledon Championships and the 2018 Australian Open, losing to Roger Federer both times. Čilić has reached at least quarterfinal in all four major ...more on Wikipedia

Birthplace: Medjugorje, Čitluk, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Bosnia and Herzegovina

Nationality: Croatia

Year Turned Pro: 2005

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Ivan Ljubičić is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Tennis Players from Croatia
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Ivan Ljubičić (Croatian pronunciation: [ǐʋan ʎûbitʃitɕ]; born 19 March 1979) is a retired Croatian professional tennis player. He reached a career-high Association of Tennis Professionals (ATP) world No. 3 singles ranking on 1 May 2006. His career highlights include reaching a Grand Slam semifinal at the 2006 French Open, and a ATP World Tour Masters 1000 title at the Indian Wells Masters in 2010 as well as 3 other finals, 2 of them coming in 2005 at Madrid and Paris, and the other at the Miami Masters in 2006. Since retiring, Ljubičić has coached ATP top 3 players Milos Raonic and Roger Federer. He was credited with Federer's improved backhand, especially evident on high shots, and tactical ...more on Wikipedia

Birthplace: Banja Luka, Bosnia and Herzegovina

Nationality: Croatia

Year Turned Pro: 1998

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Mario Ančić is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Tennis Players from Croatia
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Mario Ančić (Croatian pronunciation: [mâːrio âːntʃitɕ]; born 30 March 1984) is a Croatian former professional tennis player who currently works as an investment banker 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 ...more on Wikipedia

Birthplace: Split, Croatia, Croatia

Nationality: Croatia

Year Turned Pro: 2001

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