Life delivered a damaging serve when the quiet giant injured his left knee and found himself out of competition for several months. But, he recovered and has returned to a rigorous workout schedule.
The Tennis Giant
Born in Zagreb, Croatia, on February 28, 1979, Ivo Karlovic is known as the tallest player in men’s professional tennis. At 6’ 10” he has as a lofty view of the court, from which he unleashes powerful serves that can astonish as they unnerve. He has won six ATP singles titles: three in 2007, one in 2008, one in 2013 and one in 2015. Ivo took up tennis at age six and hit the court at every opportunity. Practicing without the benefit of a coach, the strong-willed Ivo found himself drawn by the energy and precision the game demands. Watching match after match on television, he later found his greatest inspiration in Boris Becker and Goran Ivanašević, a fellow Croat who also has a strong serve. Following high school graduation, he kept moving forward, joining Croatia’s Davis Cup team and turning professional in 2000. Ivo experienced a career turning point at Wimbledon in 2003, when he shocked the tennis world by beating defending champion Lleyton Hewitt, winning his first Grand Slam match. It was poignant victory for the young man, who at the time was a relative unknown ranked at 203. Then, in 2006, life delivered a damaging serve when the quiet giant injured his left knee and found himself out of competition for several months. But, he recovered and has returned to a rigorous workout schedule in which he practices as much as six hours per day in order to broaden his skill base and build his overall strength.
Winner of Delray Beach Open, United States – 2015
Winner of Claro Open Colombia, Bogota – 2013
No. 14 ATP Ranking - 2008
Winner of Nottingham Open, United Kingdom – 2008 & 2007
Winner of Stockholm Open, Sweden – 2007
Winner of U.S. Men´s Clay Court Championships, 2007
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