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Dejan Petrovi?
Country (sports) Australia
(until 2003)
 Serbia and Montenegro
(from 2006)
ResidenceKragujevac, Serbia
Born (1978-04-03) 3 April 1978 (age 44)
Adelaide, Australia
Prize moneyUS$165,819
Career record2-6 (25.0%)
Career titles0
Highest rankingNo. 157 (7 August 2000)
Grand Slam singles results
Australian Open1R (2000, 2001)
Wimbledon1R (2000)
Career record5-8 (38.5%)
Career titles0
Highest rankingNo. 116 (15 July 2002)
Grand Slam doubles results
Australian Open2R (1999, 2002)
Wimbledon2R (2002)
US Open1R (2001)
Coaching career

Dejan Petrovi? (Serbian Cyrillic: ; born 3 April 1978) is an Australian-born Serbian tennis coach and former professional tennis player. He played Davis Cup for Serbia and Montenegro.


Petrovi? made his Grand Slam debut in the 1998 Australian Open, partnering Grant Silcock in the doubles. They were eliminated in the opening round but made it into the second round a year later, at the 1999 Australian Open. In 2002 he reached the second round at the Australian Open and Wimbledon, partnering Todd Perry and then David ?koch.[1]

As a singles player, Petrovi? made two Australian Open appearances and played once at Wimbledon, but didn't win a match in either event. He lost four set matches to Leander Paes and Sargis Sargsian in the Australian Opens and lost in straight sets to Martin Damm at Wimbledon.[2]

He was a wildcard entrant in the 2000 AAPT Championships, held in his hometown, Adelaide. After defeating Frenchman Stéphane Huet, Petrovi? was beaten comfortably by another local, Lleyton Hewitt, who courted controversy when he called the crowd "stupid" for not cheering for him.

Petrovi? relocated in 2003 to Serbia, where his sister and parents lived.[3] He immediately represented his new country in the Davis Cup, playing doubles with Nenad Zimonji?. The pair would play three matches together in total, winning two of them.[4]

He is now running a tennis academy in the Serbian city of Kragujevac. The most successful player that he has coached is Novak Djokovic, who first starting working with Petrovi? at the age of 16. Under the mentoring of Petrovi?, Djokovic went from being ranked outside the top 300 to breaking into the top 100 in less than a year.[5]

Petrovi? coached Ana Ivanovic until 2015.[6]

Challenger titles

Doubles: (8)

No. Year Tournament Surface Partner Opponents Score
1. 2000 Manchester Challenger,
Manchester, Great Britain
Grass Israel Andy Ram Switzerland Yves Allegro
Switzerland Ivo Heuberger
6-2, 7-6(7-1)
2. 2000 Córdoba Challenger,
Córdoba, Spain
Hard Israel Andy Ram Spain Óscar Burrieza
Brazil Daniel Melo
6-1, 6-4
3. 2000 Sofia Challenger,
Sofia, Bulgaria
Clay Bulgaria Orlin Stanoytchev Bulgaria Radoslav Lukaev
Austria Luben Pampoulov
6-2, 6-7(5-7), 7-6(7-5)
4. 2001 MasterCard Tennis Cup,
Campos do Jordão, Brazil
Hard Israel Andy Ram Brazil Adriano Ferreira
Brazil Daniel Melo
6-3, 6-4
5. 2001 Belo Horizonte Challenger,
Belo Horizonte, Brazil
Hard Israel Andy Ram United Kingdom Barry Cowan
Philippines Eric Taino
6-3, 6-4
6. 2001 Gramado Challenger,
Gramado, Brazil
Hard Israel Andy Ram Brazil Adriano Ferreira
Brazil Daniel Melo
6-4, 6-4
7. 2002 Bristol Challenger,
Bristol, Great Britain
Grass Pakistan Aisam-ul-Haq Qureshi Italy Daniele Bracciali
Italy Gianluca Pozzi
6-3, 6-2
8. 2002 Gramado Challenger,
Gramado, Brazil
Hard Brazil Alessandro Guevara Russia Denis Golovanov
United States Michael Joyce
3-6, 7-5, 6-2


  1. ^ ITF Tennis profile
  2. ^ ATP World Tour profile
  3. ^ Daily Telegraph, "The hunger of Serbia's tennis elite is a lesson for us all ", Leo Schlink, 15 January 2012.
  4. ^ Davis Cup profile
  5. ^ Weekly Times Messenger, "Djokovic discoverer is Woodville bound" Archived 5 January 2012 at the Wayback Machine, Kym Morgan, 2 November 2011.
  6. ^ Nguyen, Courtney (19 July 2014). "Ana Ivanovic appoints new coach Dejan Petrovic". Sports Illustrated. Retrieved 2014.

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