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In the summer of 1988, a 16-year-old from the small city of Monzon, Spain experienced her first taste of pro-tennis success when she captured the singles and doubles titles at a tournament in Sofia. A few months later, an 18-year-old from the former Yugoslavia made his mark as he teamed up with Rudiger Haas to win a doubles event in Frankfurt.
Now, 33 years later, those ascendant teens, Conchita Martinez and Goran Ivanisevic, are entering the rarified air of the International Tennis Hall of Fame. (The induction ceremony has been moved to 2021 as a result of COVID-19.) And while this duo is being immortalized on the strength of their singles play, there’s no discounting their accomplishments in doubles.
Behind his explosive lefty serve and her ability to flummox opponents with an array of spins, Ivanisevic and Martinez both peaked at No. 2 in singles. Those attributes also benefited them on the doubles court. Whether it was delivering aces at a high clip, or setting his partner up for easy volleys, Ivanisevic was always a strong partner. He won nine doubles titles over his career and reached the 1990 and 1999 French Open finals. His versatility was also a strong suit: as with his singles career, Ivanisevic won doubles titles on four different playing surfaces.
Ivanisevic also rose to the occasion in doubles when it came to representing Croatia. After winning the new country’s first Olympic medal at the 1992 Barcelona Games in singles, he teamed up with compatriot Goran Prpic to take a second bronze, in doubles.