GORAN IVANIŠEVIĆ was inducted into the Tennis Corridor of Fame in Newport, Rhode Island.
The legendary Croatian tennis participant is inducted into the Corridor of Fame as a part of the 2020 class, together with retired Spanish tennis participant Conchita Martinez. It was presupposed to go available on the market final yr, however the coronavirus pandemic delayed every thing.
Along with Ivanishevich and Martinez, members of the Corridor of Fame additionally embrace Dennis Van der Meer and Authentic 9 (9 tennis gamers and promoter Gladys Helderman, who shaped the WTA Tour in 1971 Competitors) as a part of the 2021 degree.
The legendary John McEnroe launched him to the Home of Representatives by means of a video wall, saying that Golan is the one tennis participant who’s crazier than him.
“There is no such thing as a stress. It is like my final sport in opposition to Patrick Laft,” Ivanisevic made a joke at first, making everybody chortle.
“The place to start out? John McEnroe, my childhood idol. Thanks, John, for such sort phrases. I do not suppose I am crazier than you, however I’m very shut. Very shut. I really like you, I really like you Tennis. You’re the cause for my success. “Once I began taking part in, I prefer to beat you a lot instances. “
“Authentic 9 or unique greats, thanks for altering the historical past of tennis. Thanks on your wonderfulness and bravado. I’m honored to face in entrance of you. Thanks very a lot.”
“Conchita, I’ve no higher and kinder individual than this within the 2020 class. I’ve been watching you my complete profession. You aren’t solely a wonderful tennis participant, but in addition an individual. Congratulations All through your profession, since you are so good and humble. Thanks and congratulations.”
“I began this journey within the small city of Cut up, Croatia 42 years in the past. In the present day, 42 years later, it ends in Newport. There are good and dangerous, ups and downs.”
“My coach. I’ll say their names as a result of these individuals helped me turn into who I’m right this moment. Laci Kačer, Mek Ercegović, Zoran Ilić, Niki Pilić, Boško Čavka, Balaš Taroci, Mario Tudor, Vedran Martić, for me A very powerful factor is, Bob Brett, he’s not with us, however I’m happy with me there. Thanks, Bob.”
“I’m a member of the Davis Cup nationwide group. I’ve the distinction to play for 2 nations. I began in Yugoslavia after which Croatia. I’ll title two individuals from Yugoslavia, Pobo Tsivoinovic And the captain Radmilo Amenulić, they helped me so much. And the Croatian group: captain Željko Franulović, Niki Pilić, Goran Prpić, Bruno Orešar, Ivan Ljubičić, Mario Ančić, Saša Hiršzon, Igor Šarić. Ivo Karlović . I performed with them. We laughed collectively and received the 2005 Davis Cup.”
Corridor of Fame Chairman Stan Smith and Golan. (Picture: Related Press Picture/Michael Dwyer/Gulliver Photos)
“Everybody on the ATP. A few of them nearly ruined my life. However you all made me a greater participant and I’m right here to serve you right this moment.”
“My fan. Haha, it isn’t simple to be my fan. Very annoyed and unhappy. Perhaps many individuals are divorced due to me, nevertheless it have to be enjoyable to cheer for me.”
“Reporter. We had a good time, we had an excellent assembly. A whole lot of variations, however we nonetheless respect one another. I need to point out somebody who has been following me since I used to be 10 years previous, Neven Bertičević. Thanks, Nevena , Each good phrase about me…”