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Ion Tiriac in the International Tennis Hall of Fame

Ion Tiriac, a former glory of the Romanian tennis in the ’70-s was included in the International Tennis Hall of Fame during a ceremony held in Newport, Rhode Island, USA last Saturday, together with former world No.1  Martina Hingis, Australian tennis great Thelma Coyne Long and industry leaders Cliff Drysdale, Charlie Pasarell, according to the official website tennisfame.com.
A successful doubles player turned tennis power broker, Ion Tiriac, 73, has been an influential tennis leader in roles ranging from coach to player manager to tournament promoter.
He went on to manage the careers of top players including Hall of Fame Guillermo Vilas, Mary Joe Fernandez, Goran Ivanisevic, and most notably, Hall of Fame Boris Becker, who won five Grand Slam titles while working with Tiriac.
In addition, Tiriac was a promoter and tournament director for numerous events including the ATP World Tour’s season-ending Masters Grand Prix, and two of the largest Masters 1000 events, the Italian Open and the Madrid Masters. He is still an active leader on the Madrid Masters, and under his leadership the tournament has grown immensely, and is one of the most well attended annual events in Spain. In addition, he continues to promote tennis in his home country of Romania and is the owner/promoter of the BRD Nastase Tiriac Trophy, an ATP World Tour 250 event held annually in Bucharest.
As a player, Tiriac was an instrumental part of Romania’s Davis Cup team, competing for 15 years, and helping the team advance to the finals three times. In 1970, he partnered with Nastase to win the French Open doubles title.
Known for his no-nonsense demeanor, Tiriac is also highly regarded as a philanthropist and community leader who has the vision and ability to make positive changes happen. In addition to his tennis work, since the fall of the communist government in Romania in 1989, he has worked to rebuild the country’s economic and social infrastructure, developing business in banking, real estate, and leading social services initiatives.

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