Nikola Pilić

Nikola Pilić
Country Yugoslavia
Residence Munich, Germany
Born 27 August 1939 (1939-08-27) (age 72)
Split, Kingdom of Yugoslavia
(now Croatia)
Height 6 ft 3 in (1.91 m)
Turned pro N/A
Retired 1978
Plays Left-handed
Career prize money N/A
Singles
Career record 210–168
Career titles 3
Highest ranking 12 (31 October 1973)
Grand Slam results
Australian Open 3r (1970)
French Open F (1973)
Wimbledon 4r (1976)
US Open QF (1973)
Doubles
Career record 143–134
Career titles 6
Highest ranking n/a
Grand Slam Doubles results
Australian Open QF (1970)
French Open 4r (1969)
Wimbledon SF (1975)
US Open W (1970)
Last updated on: 2008.
Medal record
Competitor for  Yugoslavia
Tennis
Mediterranean Games
Gold 1963 Naples Doubles
Universiade
Gold 1961 Sofia Doubles
Silver 1961 Sofia Singles

Nikola "Niki" Pilić (born 27 August 1939) is a retired Croatian professional tennis player who competed for SFR Yugoslavia. He was one of the Handsome Eight.

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Biography

Pilić was born in Split to Krsto Pilić and Danica Tomić-Ferić just before the outbreak of World War II, in what was then Littoral Banovina, Kingdom of Yugoslavia. Young Nikola took up tennis during the summer of 1952.[1] Thirteen years of age at this point, he began practicing on the clay courts of Firule tennis club in parallel to studying shipbuilding at the streamlined high school in Split. Upon graduating he attempted to enroll at a community college (viša škola) in Zagreb, but due to not meeting the entrance criteria ended up in Novi Sad where he studied administration (viša upravna škola).

Pilić was central to the 1973 Wimbledon Boycott. That year the Yugoslav tennis federation alleged that Pilić had refused to represent them in a Davis Cup tie. Pilić denied the charge, but was suspended by the federation, and the suspension was upheld by the ILTF, meaning that he could not enter major tournaments. In protest at the suspension, 81 of Pilić's fellow professionals, including 13 of the 16 seeds, withdrew from the Wimbledon championship.

After retiring, Pilić began coaching and became the first captain to win the Davis Cup trophy for three different nations: Germany in 1988, 1989 and 1993, Croatia in 2005 and Serbia in 2010. He's been working with Serbia Davis Cup team in the advisor role since 2007, and have one Davis Cup title 2010.

He runs a tennis academy in Oberschleißheim near Munich where he resides, working with young professional players like Ernests Gulbis. In the past players such as Michael Stich and Novak Đoković came through the Pilic academy.

In 1970, Pilić married Serbian actress Mija Adamović.[2] The couple have children together.[3]

Grand Slam finals

Singles Runner-up (1)

Year Championship Opponent in Final Score in Final
1973 French Open Romania Ilie Năstase 6–3, 6–3, 6–0

Doubles Titles (1)

Year Championship Partnering Opponents in Final Score in Final
1970 U.S. Open France Pierre Barthès Australia Roy Emerson &
Australia Rod Laver
6–3, 7–6, 4–6, 7–6

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