: Илија Бозољац; ) or Ilia Bozoljac
(born August 2, 1985 in Aleksandrovac
, SR Serbia
) is a professional male tennis
player from Serbia
On January 29, 2007, Bozoljac achieved his career-high singles ranking: World No. 101.
2006 was arguably Bozoljac's best year. In January, he had his best result at the ATP level in Zagreb
, beating #170 Dudi Sela
to qualify and then beating #77 Daniele Bracciali
and #34 Feliciano López
before losing to #81 Novak Djokovic
in the quarterfinals.
In May, Bozoljac narrowly missed qualifying into the 2008 French Open
, losing to #75 Eduardo Schwank
in the qualifying round.
In June, Bozoljac entered the main draw of 2008 Wimbledon
as a lucky loser, after beating #299 Nick Monroe
and #167 Robert Smeets
but losing to #201 Stefano Galvani
in the qualifying round in 5 sets.
Bozoljac qualified for Wimbledon by winning three matches the previous week. He progressed to the second round, where he was defeated in four tight sets by defending champion Roger Federer
. Federer and many commentators alike praised Bozoljac's improvement and sportsmanship.
He was a reserve in the Serbia Davis Cup team
when they won the Davis Cup
Singles Titles (3-8)
In native Serbia, Bozoljac's prominence stems much more from his eventful love life than from his tennis achievements. He has a reputation as a playboy
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