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Sa?a Hir?zon
Country (sports)Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia Yugoslavia
(until 1991)
Croatia Croatia
(from 1991)
Born (1972-07-14) 14 July 1972 (age 48)
Vara?din, SR Croatia, SFR Yugoslavia
Height1.85 m (6 ft 1 in)
Prize money$312,767
Career record10-25
Career titles0
Highest rankingNo. 214 (20 December 1993)
Career record41-39
Career titles2
Highest rankingNo. 85 (28 July 1997)
Grand Slam Doubles results
French Open1R (1997)
Wimbledon3R (1997)
US Open2R (1996)

Sa?a Hir?zon (born 14 July 1972) is a former professional tennis player from Croatia[1] and current tennis coach. His highest world rankings were No. 214 in singles on 20 December 1993, and No. 85 in doubles on 28 July 1997.

Early life

Hir?zon was born in Vara?din. His grandfather Bo?idar Hirschsohn was a notable Croatian Jewish stage actor in Vara?din who fought with the Partisans during World War II. All members of Hir?zon's paternal family, except his grandfather, perished during the Holocaust.[2]

Tennis career

Hir?zon started to play tennis at the Vara?din local tennis club. He won the national titles in the under-12, -14, -16, -18 categories.[3] Hir?zon stated that under-12 match against Michael Chang stayed etched in his memory the most. As he did not have much money, Hir?zon came into the field with different rackets while Chang had a whole team behind him.[4]

Best known as a doubles player, Hir?zon had most of his success when partnering countryman Goran Ivani?evi?. The pair appeared together in the 1996 US Open and 1997 French Open, but only won one match, in the former. They did however win two titles on the ATP Tour, the first in 1995, at a French tournament called the Grand Prix Passing Shot Bordeaux. They won their second title on home soil, at the Croatian Indoors in 1997. It would be the only two finals that the pairing reached during their careers although they did make the semi-finals of the 1993 Austrian Open, the 1996 Eurocard Open in Stuttgart and Munich's 1998 BMW Open. The Eurocard Open was one of the tour's Mercedes Super 9 (now Masters) events and the semi-final came down to a third set tiebreak, but the Croatians were unable to defeat Jacco Eltingh and Paul Haarhuis.

Hir?zon and Ivani?evi? also played together at the 1996 Atlanta Olympics,[5] reaching the quarter-finals, where they were eliminated by eventual bronze medalists, David Prinosil and Marc-Kevin Goellner, from Germany. The Croatians had made it into the quarter-finals with wins over Jonas Björkman/Nicklas Kulti, the fourth seeds, followed by a victory over the Bahamian pairing of Mark Knowles and Roger Smith.[6]

As a singles player he didn't make an impression on the ATP Tour, but did have a win over world number 17 Guillermo Pérez Roldán at Prague in 1990, although the Argentine did have to retire hurt.[7]

His third and final Grand Slam appearance was in the 1997 Wimbledon Championships, with a new partner, Sander Groen. They made it into the round of 16.[8][9]

He played nine Davis Cup ties for Croatia, from 1994 to 1998. On his debut in 1994, he helped Croatia gain promotion to the World Group, with a good performance in their Euro/African semi-final against Norway. He won the fifth and deciding rubber against Helge Koll-Frafjord, in straight sets, having earlier teamed up with Ivani?evi? to win a close doubles match, won 11-9 in the final set. His best singles win was over Australian Jason Stoltenberg in 1996, then number 26 in the world. By the end of his Davis Cup career he had won 11 matches for Croatia, six as a singles player and five in the doubles.[10]

ATP career finals

Doubles: 2 (2-0)

Result No. Year Tournament Surface Partner Opponent Score
Win 1. 1995 Bordeaux, France Hard Croatia Goran Ivani?evi? Sweden Henrik Holm
United Kingdom Danny Sapsford
6-3, 6-4
Win 2. 1997 Zagreb, Croatia Carpet Croatia Goran Ivani?evi? South Africa Brent Haygarth
United States Mark Keil
6-4, 6-3

Challenger titles

Doubles: (2)

No. Year Tournament Surface Partner Opponent Score
1. 1993 Montauban, France Clay Norway Christian Ruud Italy Massimo Cierro
Italy Ugo Colombini
6-1, 6-2
2. 1995 Heilbronn, Germany Carpet Croatia Goran Ivani?evi? Germany Martin Sinner
Netherlands Joost Winnink
6-4, 6-4

See also


  1. ^ Altius Directory Zagreb Indoors Past Champions Sa?a Hir?zon
  2. ^ Dretar (2010, pp. 149, 174, 175)
  3. ^ Marijan Dugand?i? (17 November 2004). "Povijest vara?dinskog tenisa" [History of tennis in Vara?din] (in Croatian). Tennis club Vara?din. Retrieved 2012.
  4. ^ "Uo?i me?a protiv Changa nisam imao novca za reket" [Eve of the match against Chang I did not have money for racket] (in Croatian). 24sata (Croatia). 29 August 2010. Retrieved 2013.
  5. ^ "Hrvatska olimpijska delegacija Atlanta 1996" [Croatian Olympic delegation Atlanta 1996] (in Croatian). Croatian Olympic Committee. 11 November 2011. Archived from the original on 23 May 2012. Retrieved 2012.
  6. ^ "Saša Hiršzon Bio, Stats, and Results | Olympics at". 18 April 2020. Archived from the original on 18 April 2020.
  7. ^ "Players | ATP Tour | Tennis". ATP Tour.
  8. ^ ITF Tennis Profile
  9. ^ "Tennis: Cash has happy return to his roots". The Independent. 17 June 1997. Retrieved 2012.
  10. ^ "Sasa Hirszon". Retrieved 2020.


  • Dretar, Milivoj (2010). ?idovi u ludbre?kom kraju. Ludbreg: Pu?ko otvoreno u?ili?te "Dragutin Novak". ISBN 978-953-7624-00-2.

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