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5 reasons why Goran Ivanisevic is the coolest of the 'legends' playing in the IPTL

  • Here are a few reasons why Goran Ivanisevic is the coolest of the 'legends' playing in the IPTL
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Modified 24 Nov 2015, 14:52 IST

Goran Ivanisevic was a true-blue maverick during his professional career, and he continues to strive for more action even after retiring from tennis 11 years ago. His involvement in the game, both as a coach and as a player, shows his dedication and passion which have been the foundations of his life as a tennis pro right from the beginning.The former world number 2 endured a roller-coaster ride in the 1990s and early 2000s, experiencing some monumental highs but also some crushing lows. He famously won the 2001 Wimbledon championship against Pat Rafter, but also struggled with his game sometimes - he actually retired twice during the phase of his career. Ivanisevic's three Wimbledon final losses before his 2001 triumph were thoroughly demoralizing, but he found plenty of success in ATP tournaments, winning 22 of them. He also featured in the victorious Davis Cup Team for Croatia in 2005.Ivanisevic has always been a crowd favourite, and things were no different in the inaugural season of the IPTL last year, where he earned some of the biggest cheers from the spectators.Here are 5 reasons why Ivanisevic is widely considered the 'coolest' legend currently playing in the IPTL:

#1 The oldest in the league at 44

Goran Ivanisevicwill be the oldest player in this years IPTL

Age, they say, is just a number. For a select few sportsmen around the world, this oldadage holds good, and Ivanisevic is no exception. Despite being 44 years old, thelegend displays the same passion and vigour as he did at the beginning of his career.

For a grueling sport such as tennis, playing at the old age of 44 seems a remarkableachievement. Yet, the Croatian is a bundle of energy on the court and still makes hisopponents sweat, like he used to in his heyday.

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Published 24 Nov 2015, 13:05 IST
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