Igor Šarić


Personal Statement

Highly accomplished tennis coach with proven success record in developing young tennis talents, as well as improving performance of the established, professional players such as Dinara Safina, Zeljko Krajan ,Iva Majoli, Mirjana Lucic, Ivo Karlovic, Marin Draganja.
Currently associated with Croatian Tennis Federation as the Assistant Coach of the Croatian Davis Cup team.
From 2008-2014 worked as a National Junior Coach for juniors under 16 and 18 at the Croatian Tenns Federation.
Successfully incorporating own past professional tennis playing experience (highest ranking for singles: 218, for doubles: 311) into the effective coaching and developing others.
As a professional tennis player, played against many world-ranked names such as Michael Chang, Boris Becker, Thomas Muster, Jonas Bjorkman, Petr Korda, Cedric Pioline, Brian Teacher, Jan Gunnarson, Goran Ivanisevic, Jose Francisco Altur, Michael Tebutt, Michael Westphal, Dominik Hrbaty, Jan Appel, Ciril Suk, Bernd Karbacher, Andrea Gaudenzi, Gianluca Pozzi, Martin Rodriguez, Adrian Voinea, Ulf Stenlund, Arnaud Di Pasquale, Christophe Rochus, German Puentes…
Highly praised for tennis technique, style correction ability, coaching style, technical and mental preparation, holder of “A coach tennis license” in Croatia- the highest level.
Published author (the latest book “Everything is Possible” focuses on the importance of mental preparation) and widely recognised as highly skilled and effective tennis coach with international experience.

 

Accomplishments

AS A TENNIS PLAYER:

AS A TENNIS COACH:

  • No 7 on the ITF world ranking as a junior (early ‘80s)
  • National Yugoslavian Champion (under 18) – 1985
  • National Men’s Champion – 1986 and 1987 (beating Goran Ivanisevic in both finals)
  • Davis Cup team member for Yugoslavia for many years
  • Finalist at World University Games in 1987 (Zagreb)
  • National Champion (Croatia) both singles and doubles – 1992
  • Winner of the Satellite tournament in Egypt – 1992 (beating Gilbert Schaller in the finals)
  • Member of the wining David Cup team (Croatia) – 1994-1996(beating Nuno Marques in 5 sets)
  • Finalist of the 75000 Challenger in Jakarta – 1994
  • Winner of the Brasilian Satellite tournament – 1996 (beating Martin Stringari and Francisco Costa)
  • Member of the World Cup finalist team in Duesseldorf, Germany (Croatian team)
  • Highest ranking for singles: 218 ( 12 Jun 95) and doubles: 311 ( 15 Nov 93)
  • Career record in singles on ATP tour: 3-3 and in doubles 2-8
  • National Champion Team – TK Ponikve for 2004, 2006, 2014
  • US Open junior winner 2013 – girls singles (Ana Konjuh)- part of the team
  • US Open junior winner 2013 – boys singles (Borna Coric)- part of the team
  • Dinara Safina – part of her team that brought her to No:1 WTA ranking
  • Zeljko Krajan – significant improvement, reaching No: 88

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