Ion Ţiriac – The Tennis Businessman


Ion Ţiriac is The Businessman. Born on 9th of May 1939, in Braşov, he played ice hockey for 6 years (from 1958 until 1964), but then he became a professional tennis player.

Mostly known from doubles (with another great Romanian tennis player – Ilie Năstase), Ţiriac won Roland Garros tennis tournament in 1970. His doubles also made an echo at Foro Italico, Open Philadelphia Indoor, Monte Carlo Open, Baltimore International and many more. He represented Romania at Davis Cup men’s tennis event (largest annual international team competition in world sport) where he disputed 3 finals with his colleague Năstase.

Starting 1984, Ţiriac became manager of several top tennis players as Ilie Năstase, Guillermo Vilas, Boris Becker, or Marat Safin. His love for tennis involved him in organizing important tennis tournaments (within Association of Tennis Professionals), Madrid Masters 1000 being the most important.

The appetite for business made him the license owner of BCR Open Romania tennis tournament (from 1996), president of Romanian Olympic and Sports Committee (1998 – 2004) and owner of several companies in different business markets (Ţiriac Auto, Ţiriac Leasing, Allianz- Ţiriac etc.). He was married from 1963 until 1965 with Erika Braedt, handball player, and he has 3 children: Ion Ţiriac Jr. (with model Mikette von Issenberg), Karim Mihai and Ioana Natalia (with journalist Sophie Ayad).

Ion Ţiriac is on International Tennis Hall of Fame nominations list, due to his efforts to develop tennis playing. In June 2012, there was inaugurated “Ion Ţiriac” Sports Complex in Bucharest, where pupils from 18 educational institutions have access to this sports basement. Also known as “Granitul” Sports Complex, the basement is situated in sector 2, near Dobroieşti Lake (Pantelimon 1 Lake).

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