Tennis players: Goran Ivanisavic

As the Wimbledon fortnight comes to its centre-court climax writer Peter Swain looks at how the former giants of the game have faired both financially and on the property ladder.

goran IvanisaGoran Ivanisavic will always be remembered for winning Wimbledon in 2001 as an unseeded wild-card entrant.

He’s still the lowest ranked player to win the tournament, and despite beating Tim Henman in the semis, he was one of the most popular winners in the modern era.

He’s one of the heaviest hitters in the field – in both senses. The 39-year-old Croatian gives the ball a fearsome clout, and, during a playing career that lasted from1989 to 2000, won a staggering $19,876,579.

He has recently moved to the US, marrying his long-term girlfriend, Tatjana Dragovic, at the Mary Star of the Sea Catholic Church in San Pedro in California a few recently.

They’re currently living in nearby Los Angeles, waiting, no doubt, for the sale of his magnificent villa back home in Croatia to go through.

Savills are selling the strikingly contemporary sea-shore mansion in Meje, near Split, for a cool €4.8 million, about £4 million.

All glass, steal and shining white walls, the four-bedroom pad is a shrine to health and fitness, with an indoor pool downstairs plus a techno-gym, sauna, Jacuzzi, suntan parlour with tanning beds, and billiard room.

On the open-plan ground floor, the ‘trophy room’ might be a tad intimidating if, er, you don’t have any trophies, but with 1,0162 meters of palatial accommodation across three floors, it all adds up to a sumptuous package.

Apparently, the landscaped gardens and outdoor heated pool which wraps around the house have an almost ‘zen-like tranquility’. The deal’s not done yet but it looks like match point to Goran…