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Nikola Pilić
Nickname(s) Niki
Country  Croatia
Residence Munich, Germany
Date of birth 27 August 1939 (1939-08-27) (age 70)
Place of birth Split, Croatia
Height 6 ft 3 in (1.91 m)
Weight 180 lb (82 kg)
Turned pro N/A
Retired 1978
Plays Left-handed;
Career prize money N/A
Singles
Career record 210–168
Career titles 3
Highest ranking 12 (31 October 1973)
Grand Slam results
Australian Open 3r (1970)
French Open F (1973)
Wimbledon 4r (1976)
US Open QF (1973)
Doubles
Career record 143–134
Career titles 6
Highest ranking n/a
Australian Open QF (1970)
French Open 4r (1969)
Wimbledon SF (1975)
US Open W (1970)
Last updated on: 2008.

Nikola "Niki" Pilic (Croatian: Nikola Pilić; born 27 August 1939, in Split, Croatia. He is a retired Croatian professional tennis player who competed for SFR Yugoslavia. He was one of the Handsome Eight.

Pilić was central to the 1973 Wimbledon Boycott. That year the Yugoslav tennis federation alleged that Pilić had refused to represent them in a Davis Cup tie. Pilić denied the charge, but was suspended by the federation, and the suspension was upheld by the ILTF, meaning that he could not enter major tournaments. In protest at the suspension, 81 of Pilić's fellow professionals, including 13 of the 16 seeds, withdrew from the Wimbledon championship.

After retiring, Pilić began coaching and became the first captain to win the Davis Cup trophy for two different nations: Germany in 1988, 1989 and 1993; and Croatia in 2005. He's been working with Serbia Davis Cup team in the advisor role since 2007.

He runs a tennis academy in Munich where he resides, working with young professional players like Ernests Gulbis.

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Grand Slam finals

Singles Runner-up (1)

Year Championship Opponent in Final Score in Final
1973 French Open Romania Ilie Năstase 6–3, 6–3, 6–0

Doubles Titles (1)

Year Championship Partnering Opponents in Final Score in Final
1970 U.S. Open France Pierre Barthès Australia Roy Emerson &
Australia Rod Laver
6–3, 7–6, 4–6, 7–6

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Awards
Preceded by
Boro Jovanović
Croatian Sportsman of the Year
(with Boro Jovanović)

1962
Succeeded by
Josip Gjergja
Preceded by
Josip Gjergja
Croatian Sportsman of the Year
1964
Succeeded by
Andro Depolo
Preceded by
Cvjetko Bilić
Croatian Sportsman of the Year
1967
Succeeded by
Dragutin Šurbek
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