Ion Tiriac

  Male      Romanian      Business Person

  Born : May 09, 1939  

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Ion Țiriac (born 9 May 1939), also known as the 'Brasov Bulldozer' is a Romanian businessman and former professional tennis and ice hockey player. He is also the current owner of the Mutua Madrileña Madrid Open. In 2013 Tiriac was elected into the International Tennis Hall of Fame.

He was born in Transylvania, which is probably the reason why he has the nickname 'Count Dracula'. Țiriac first appeared on the international sports scene as an ice hockey player on the Romanian national team at the 1964 Winter Olympics. Shortly after that he switched to tennis as his main sport. With fellow Romanian Ilie Năstase he won the men's doubles in the 1970 French Open and reached the Davis Cup finals several times in the 1970s.

After his retirement, he served as coach and manager for players such as Ilie Năstase, Guillermo Vilas, Mary Joe Fernández, Goran Ivanišević and Marat Safin...

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