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Maja Muri?
Full nameMaja Muri?
Country (sports)
Born (1974-02-27) February 27, 1974 (age 46)
Zagreb, Socialist Republic of Croatia
Turned pro1990
Prize moneyUS$148,502
Career record106-104
Career titles0 WTA, 1 ITF
Highest rankingNo. 204 (February 20, 1995)
Career record104-97
Career titles0 WTA, 8 ITF
Highest rankingNo. 60 (July 4, 1994)
Grand Slam Doubles results
Australian Open1R (1995, 1996)
French Open1R (1994, 1997, 1999)
Wimbledon4R (1994)
US Open3R (1998, 1999)
Last updated on: February 2, 2013.

Maja Muri? (born February 27, 1974) is a former professional tennis player from Croatia who is now active with several non-profit organizations.

Tennis career

During a professional tennis career that spanned 1991-2000, Muric played for both Yugoslavia[] and Croatia. Together with Nadin Ercegovi?, Gorana Mati? and Maja Palaver?i? she was a member of the original Croatian Fed Cup team in 1992. In 1993, Muri? represented Croatia at the 1993 Mediterranean Games, where she claimed two gold medals, including one earned with doubles partner Silvija Talaja.[1] With doubles partner Ingelise Driehuis, Muri? reached the quarterfinals at 1994 Wimbledon Championships.[2]

Muri? represented Croatia in women's doubles at the 1996 Summer Olympics, where she and partner Iva Majoli reached the second round before losing to the Spanish team of Arantxa Sánchez Vicario and Conchita Martínez, 6-2, 6-1.[3]

Muri? competed in all of women's tennis's Grand Slams from 1991-1999.[4]

Non-profit work

Muri?'s youth in a war-torn nation, combined with the opportunity for international travel provided by her tennis career, motivated her to become involved in charitable activities. She has spent 15 years working with the Little Star Foundation, a non-profit established by fellow former tennis professional Andrea Jaeger, serving as that organization's Treasurer.[4][5][6] In 2006, she co-founded Humanitarian Wave, 501(c)3 non-profit organization focused on helping children and adults living in poverty, suffering from disease, abuse and neglect.[7]

Muri? is now the manager of Galactic Unite, a philanthropic project of Virgin Galactic and Virgin Unite. In that position, she helps develop and manage "programmes that promote education in the areas of science, technology, engineering and mathematics, as well as entrepreneurship (STEM+)."[4]

ITF Circuit finals

Singles (1-3)

$100,000 tournaments
$75,000 tournaments
$50,000 tournaments
$25,000 tournaments
$10,000 tournaments
Outcome No. Date Tournament Surface Opponent in the final Score
Runner-up 1. 8 April 1991 Belgrade, Yugoslavia Clay Ukraine Natalia Biletskaya 7-5, 3-6, 3-6
Runner-up 2. 15 June 1992 Maribor, Slovenia Clay Czechoslovakia Pavlína Rajzlová 6-7, 6-7
Winner 3. 5 December 1994 Nuriootpa, Australia Hard Australia Kerry-Anne Guse 7-5, 6-1
Runner-up 4. 20 January 1997 San Antonio, United States Hard United States Brie Rippner 2-6, 4-6

Doubles (8-4)

Result No. Date Tournament Surface Partner Opponents Score
Winner 1. 12 August 1991 Pesaro, Italy Hard Australia Justine Hodder Romania Ruxandra Dragomir
Romania Irina Spîrlea
6-4, 3-6, 6-3
Runner-up 2. 21 October 1991 Lyss, Switzerland Hard Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia Petra Rihtari? Italy Gabriella Boschiero
Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia Maja Palaver?i?
6-3, 1-6, 5-7
Winner 3. 16 March 1992 Zaragoza, Spain Clay Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia Petra Rihtari? Poland Katarzyna Teodorowicz-Lisowska
Poland Agata Werbli?ska
4-6, 6-4, 6-3
Winner 4. 21 September 1992 Adriatic, Yugoslavia Clay Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia Petra Rihtari? Czechoslovakia Ivana Havrlíková
Czechoslovakia Markéta ?tusková
3-6, 6-1, 6-2
Winner 5. 28 September 1992 Mali Lo?inj, Yugoslavia Clay Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia Petra Rihtari? Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia Darija De?kovi?
Slovenia Karin Lu?nic
6-3, 4-6, 6-4
Winner 6. 8 February 1993 Faro, Portugal Clay Netherlands Linda Niemantsverdriet Croatia Darija De?kovi?
Czech Republic Monika Kratochvílová
6-3, 6-3
Winner 7. 29 March 1993 Marsa, Malta Clay Czech Republic Klára Bláhová Hungary Virág Csurgó
Slovenia Tja?a Jezernik
6-3, 5-7, 6-3
Winner 8. 7 June 1993 Caserta, Italy Clay Slovenia Karin Lu?nic Chile Paula Cabezas
Italy Adriana Serra Zanetti
2-6, 6-2, 6-3
Runner-up 9. 21 November 1994 Mount Gambier, Australia Hard Australia Louise Pleming Australia Catherine Barclay
United States Shannan McCarthy
3-6, 4-6
Runner-up 10. 27 November 1995 Mount Gambier, Australia Hard France Catherine Tanvier Australia Annabel Ellwood
Australia Kirrily Sharpe
4-6, 1-6
Runner-up 11. 11 December 1995 Nuriootpa, Australia Hard Australia Louise Pleming Australia Annabel Ellwood
Australia Kirrily Sharpe
4-6, 7-5, 4-6
Winner 12. 5 July 1998 Vaihingen, Germany Clay Belgium Laurence Courtois Germany Julia Abe
Bulgaria Lubomira Bacheva
6-1, 6-4

External links

  • Maja Muri? at the Women's Tennis Association
  • Maja Muri? at the Billie Jean King Cup Edit this at Wikidata
  • Evans, Hilary; Gjerde, Arild; Heijmans, Jeroen; Mallon, Bill; et al. "Maja Muri?". Olympics at Sports Reference LLC. Archived from the original on April 18, 2020.
  • Galactic Unite at the Wayback Machine (archived November 27, 2013)


  1. ^ "Croatian Olympic Family". Hrvatski olimpijski odbor. p. 88.
  2. ^"Draws Archive - Ladies' Doubles". Retrieved 2015.
  3. ^ ABC (Madrid). "Arancha derrota a Schultz y se mete en cuartos de final". July 28, 1996, p. 74. Retrieved on May 18, 2013.
  4. ^ a b c "Cuppa and chat with Maja Muric". Retrieved 2015.
  5. ^ "Little Star Foundation". Retrieved 2015.
  6. ^ "IRS Form 990 - Return of Organization Exempt From Income Tax" (PDF). Retrieved 2015.
  7. ^ "Humanitarian Wave - About Us". Retrieved 2015.

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