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Slobodan Živojinović
Nickname(s) Boba
Country  Yugoslavia
Residence Belgrade, Serbia
Date of birth July 23, 1963
Place of birth Belgrade, Serbia
(then Yugoslavia)
Height 6 ft 6 in (198 cm)
Weight 220 lb (99 kg)
Turned pro 1981
Retired 1992
Plays Right-handed
Career prize money $ 1,450,654
Career record 150–138
Career titles 2
Highest ranking 19 (October 26, 1987)
Grand Slam results
Australian Open SF (1985)
French Open 3R (1988)
Wimbledon SF (1986), QF (1987)
US Open 3R (1987)
Career record 151–102
Career titles 8
Highest ranking 1 (September 8, 1986)

Slobodan Živojinović (Serbian: Слободан Живојиновић; born on July 23, 1963 in Belgrade, SR Serbia, SFR Yugoslavia) is a retired Serbian tennis player who competed for SFR Yugoslavia. He is also the husband of folk singer Lepa Brena. Together with Nenad Zimonjić he is the only tennis player from Serbia that held the highest doubles ranking.


Tennis career

Živojinović represented SFR Yugoslavia as the number fifteen seed at the 1988 Summer Olympics in Seoul, where he was defeated in the second round by France's Guy Forget.

The right-hander won two career singles titles (Houston, 1986 and Sydney, 1988), as well as eight doubles titles. He reached his highest singles ATP ranking on October 26, 1987, when he became the number 19 in the world.

Živojinović's most notable Grand Slam results were two semifinals. At the 1985 Australian Open, as an unseeded player, he memorably beat John McEnroe in a gruelling 5-set quarterfinal to reach the semis where he lost in straight sets to Mats Wilander. Next year, 1986, he reached the Wimbledon semifinal, again as an unseeded player, losing to Ivan Lendl in a hard fought five-set match.

Over the course of his career, he amassed an overall singles record of 150 wins and 138 defeats. He was much more successful in doubles competition winning the U.S. Open in 1986 with Andrés Gómez. In the same year he won 3 more tournaments and was ranked as the No. 1 doubles player in the world on September 8, 1986.

Career titles (10)

Singles (2)
Grand Slam (0)
Tennis Masters Cup (0)
ATP Tour (2)
No. Date Tournament Surface Opponent in the final Score in the final
1. November 17, 1986 Huston, United States Carpet United States Scott Davis 6-1, 4-6, 6-3
2. October 10, 1988 Sydney, Australia Hard (i) United States Richard Matuszewski 7-6, 6-3, 6-4
Doubles (8)
Grand Slam (1)
Tennis Masters Cup (0)
ATP Tour (7)
No. Date Tournament Surface Partner Opponents in the final Score
1. July 8, 1985 Boston, United States Hard Belgium Libor Pimek Australia Peter McNamara &
Australia Paul McNamee
2-6, 6-4, 7-6
2. March 17, 1986 Brussels, Belgium Carpet West Germany Boris Becker Australia John Fitzgerald &
Czech Republic Tomáš Šmíd
7-6, 7-5
3. March 24, 1986 Rotterdam, The Netherlands Carpet Sweden Stefan Edberg Poland Wojtek Fibak &
United States Matt Mitchell
2-6, 6-3, 6-2
4. August 26, 1986 US Open, New York City Hard Ecuador Andrés Gómez Sweden Joakim Nystrom &
Sweden Mats Wilander
4-6, 6-3, 6-3, 4-6, 6-3
5. March 23, 1987 Brussels, Belgium Carpet West Germany Boris Becker United States Chip Hooper &
United States Michael Leach
7-6, 7-6
6. March 30, 1987 Milan, Italy Carpet West Germany Boris Becker Spain Sergio Casal &
Spain Emilio Sánchez
3-6, 6-3, 6-4
7. October 8, 1988 Tokyo, Japan Carpet Ecuador Andrés Gómez West Germany Boris Becker &
West Germany Eric Jelen
7-5, 5-7, 6-3
8. February 12, 1990 Brussels, Belgium Carpet Spain Emilio Sánchez Croatia Goran Ivanišević &
Hungary Balázs Taróczy
7-5, 6-3

Grand Slam Singles performance timeline

Tournament 1982 1983 1984 1985 1986 1987 1988 1989 1990 1991 Career SR
Australian Open A A A SF NH 3R 3R 2R A A 0 / 4
French Open 1R A 2R 2R 1R 1R 3R 1R 1R A 0 / 8
Wimbledon A A A 2R SF QF 4R 4R 1R 1R 0 / 7
U.S. Open A A A 1R 1R 3R A 1R A A 0 / 4
Grand Slam SR 0 / 1 0 / 0 0 / 1 0 / 4 0 / 3 0 / 4 0 / 3 0 / 4 0 / 2 0 / 1 0 / 23
  • A = did not participate in the tournament
  • NH = tournament not held
  • SR = the ratio of the number of singles tournaments won to the number of those tournaments played


Živojinović was married to Zorica Desnica with whom he has a son Filip. In 1991, Živojinović divorced her and married popular folk singer Lepa Brena.

Though undeniably well-known for his tennis, Živojinović's media prominence, especially in the years since his retirement, also owes a lot to his marriage to Lepa Brena, at one point Yugoslavia's biggest commercial folk singing star. Their wedding on December 7, 1991 was a supreme media event throughout the then still existing Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia. The lavish ceremony took place at Belgrade's InterContinental Hotel with Ion Ţiriac as the groom's best man. The level of interest in the event was such that Brena's manager Raka Đokić even released a VHS tape of the wedding for commercial exploitation.[1] Their very public relationship has been providing steady fodder for various yellow media publications ever since.

The couple have two sons - Stefan (born in New York City during May 1992) and Viktor. In the afternoon hours of Thursday, November 23, 2000, 8-year-old Stefan was kidnapped by members of Zemun mafia clan and returned on Tuesday five days later on the side of Belgrade-Niš highway for the ransom sum reported to be more than DM 2 million.[2]

Throughout 2005 and 2006 there have been numerous tabloid reports about Živojinović's supposed infidelity and bad state of his marriage. Finally, in April 2006 he reportedly even moved out of the family home following yet another argument with Brena.[3] Though the reports of a separation were frequent and detailed,[4] the couple still remain together.


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