General Nikola
Spear
Male
Yugoslavia
1944-02-22
Subotica, Yugoslavia


About

Špear won the senior championship of Yugoslavia 1968, 1972, 1973 and 1975.
He achieved his career-high in 1977 at number 78. He reached three semifinals in Houston in 1970, Madrid in 1975 and Zurich in 1977 and the quarterfinals in six more tournaments. He made history as the first player to win a Grand Slam match in the Open Era with a triple bagel, when he beat Daniel Contet 6-0 6-0 6-0 at 1968 Roland Garros.

He competed in the Davis Cup a number of times, from 1969 to 1975.
At Davis Cup level, in 1970, Spear and current Monte-Carlo Rolex Masters Tournament Director Zeljko Franulovic beat Romanian doubles team formed by Ilie Nastase and Ion Tiriac on clay in Maribor. Spear beat then World Number 1 Nastase to tie the match at 2-2. Franulovic fought back from two sets down in the decisive match against Tiriac to claim the win for Serbia.
He was the coach of Denmark Davis Cup team, the German Fed Cup team and the Davis Cup team of FR Yugoslavia. Later he served as an organiser of tennis events in his home town Subotica.



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Archive statistics 1959 - 1980
8
587
284


Tournament wins 1975 - Yugoslavian National Championships (Amateur)
1973 - Grado Invitation (Open)
1972 - Florida State Championship (Open)
1972 - Lake Worth (Open)
1969 - Yugoslavian International Championships (Amateur)
1968 - Yugoslavian National Championships (Amateur)
1968 - Grunewald (Amateur)
1967 - Grunewald (Amateur)


Tournaments International Championships of Egypt - Cairo - 1980 Grunewald - 1980 Lower Rhine Championships - 1980 Lagos - 1980 Waldau Stuttgart - 1980 Mühldorf - 1980 Italian Spring Satellite - Leg 3 - 1980 Landshut General - 1980 Roland Garros - 1979 Netherlands International Championships - 1979 Bastad - 1979 Travemünde International - 1979 Championships of Berlin - Qualifying - 1979 Cuneo - 1979 Galatina - 1979 Roland Garros - 1978 German International Covered Court Championships - 1978 International Championships of Egypt - Cairo - 1978 Belgian International Championships - 1978 Travemünde International - 1978 Hamburg Whitsun - 1978 Lagos - 1978 Championships of Berlin - Qualifying - 1978 Hittfeld International - 1978 Roland Garros - 1977 US Open - 1977 Canadian International Championships - 1977 Italian International Championships - 1977 German International Covered Court Championships - 1977 Netherlands International Championships - 1977 International Championships of Egypt - Cairo - 1977 US Pro Championships - 1977 Belgian International Championships - 1977 Conde de Godo - 1977 Madrid Open - 1977 Bastad - 1977 Louisville Open - 1977 Zurich Covered Courts - 1977 Columbus Open - 1977 Aryamehr Cup - 1977 Vienna International Indoor - 1977 North Conway - 1977 Ulm - 1977 Championships of Berlin - Qualifying - 1977 Cologne Indoor Open - 1977 Miami Classic - 1977 Hittfeld International - 1977 Wimbledon - 1976 Roland Garros - 1976 US Open - 1976 Nice - 1976 German International Covered Court Championships - 1976 British Hard Court Championships - 1976 German International Championships - 1976 Championships of Berlin - 1976 Valencia Open - 1976 US Open Qualifying - 1976 Düsseldorf International Tournament - 1976 Madrid Open - 1976 Mallorca - 1976 Aryamehr Cup - 1976 Barcelona ATP Open - 1976 North Conway - 1976 Stockholm Open - 1976 King's Cup - Premier Division - 1976 Cologne Indoor Open - 1976 Cologne Indoor Open - Qualifying - 1976 Australian Open - 1975 Wimbledon - 1975 Roland Garros - 1975 US Open - 1975 Canadian International Championships - 1975 Italian International Championships - 1975 German International Covered Court Championships - 1975 Netherlands International Championships - 1975 International Championships of Egypt - Cairo - 1975 German International Championships - 1975 Japan International Championships - 1975 Madrid - 1975 Sydney Metropolitan Grasscourt Championships - 1975 Valencia Open - 1975 Swiss International Covered Courts - 1975 Madrid Open - 1975 Nations' Cup (Egypt) - 1975 Gstaad - 1975 Yugoslavian National Championships - 1975 Indian International Championships - 1975 Washington Open - 1975 Monte Carlo Class A - 1975 South Orange Open - 1975 Hong Kong Open - 1975 Louisville Open - 1975 Aryamehr Cup - 1975 Aviles - 1975 Manila International - 1975 German International Championships - Qualifying - 1975 Bavarian International Championships - Qualifying - 1975 Algiers ATP Open - 1975 Barcelona ATP Open - 1975 North Conway - 1975 New South Wales Championships - 1974B South Australian Championships - 1974 US Open - 1974 Canadian International Championships - 1974 Nice - 1974 US Clay Courts - 1974 British Hard Court Championships - 1974 US Pro Championships - 1974 Queensland Championships - 1974 Conde de Godo - 1974 Australian Hard Courts Championship - 1974 Valencia Open - 1974 Bavarian International Championships - 1974 Pennsylvania Lawn Tennis Championship - 1974 Madrid Open - 1974 Florence International - 1974 Tasmanian Open - 1974 Vienna International Indoor - 1974 Barcelona Real Club de Polo - 1974 Murcia - 1974 Bavarian International Championships - Qualifying - 1974 Cedar Grove Classic - 1974 Skopje International - 1974 Monte Carlo - 1973 Roland Garros - 1973 British Hard Court Championships - 1973 Montana-Vermala - 1973 German International Championships - 1973 Championships of Berlin - 1973 Conde de Godo - 1973 Madrid - 1973 Valencia Open - 1973 Madrid Open - 1973 Davos - 1973 Gstaad - 1973 Florence International - 1973 Senigallia - 1973 Bilbao International - 1973 Taormina - 1973 Nice - Qualifying - 1973 Tyrol Championships - 1973 Ancona - 1973 Aryamehr Cup - 1973 Grado Invitation - 1973 Coupe Certina - Geneva - 1973 Prague Open - 1973 Wimbledon - 1972 Monte Carlo - 1972 Roland Garros - 1972 Queens Club Tournament - 1972 Italian International Championships - 1972 British Hard Court Championships - 1972 International Championships of Egypt - Cairo - 1972 Kent Championships - 1972 Nottingham - 1972 Conde de Godo - 1972 Madrid - 1972 Florida State Championship - 1972 South Florida - 1972 Buffalo Indoor - 1972 Lake Worth - 1972 Catania - 1972 Gstaad - 1972 Vigo - 1972 La Coruna - 1972 Nice Mediterranean T.C. - 1972 Santander - 1972 Bilbao International - 1972 Dewar Cup Finals - 1972 Clean Air Classic - 1972 Monte Carlo Qualifying - 1972 Aviles - 1972 Wimbledon - 1971 Roland Garros - 1971 US Open - 1971 Eastern Grass Court Championships - 1971 Cincinnati - 1971 US Clay Courts - 1971 Queens Club Tournament - 1971 Yugoslavian International Championships - 1971 US International Indoor Championships - 1971 River Oaks Tournament - 1971 Casablanca - 1971 King's Cup - Second Round b - 1971 Pennsylvania Lawn Tennis Championship - 1971 Macon Indoor - 1971 Altamira International Invitation - 1971 Caribe Hilton International Championships - 1971 Charlotte - 1971 Coupe Marcel Poree - 1971 Pensacola Invitation - 1971 US Open Consolation - 1971 Yugoslavian National Championships - 1971 Hampton - 1971 Croatian International Championships - 1971 Balkan Games - 1971 Clean Air Classic - 1971 Des Moines International Indoors - 1971 Wimbledon - 1970 Roland Garros - 1970 Cincinnati - 1970 US Clay Courts - 1970 Yugoslavian International Championships - 1970 German International Covered Court Championships - 1970 US International Indoor Championships - 1970 British Hard Court Championships - 1970 River Oaks Tournament - 1970 Championships of Berlin - 1970 Altamira International Invitation - 1970 Colombia International - 1970 Caribe Hilton International Championships - 1970 St. Petersburg Masters Invitation - 1970 Charlotte - 1970 Jacksonville Invitation - 1970 Bastad - 1970 Turkish International Championships (Turkey Open) - 1970 Paris Indoor - 1970 Hampton - 1970 Iran International - 1970 Croatian International Championships - 1970 Philadelphia Open - Qualifying - 1970 Paris Indoor Open - Qualifying - 1970 Wimbledon - 1969 Roland Garros - 1969 Italian International Championships - 1969 Yugoslavian International Championships - 1969 US International Indoor Championships - 1969 King's Cup - Second Round b - 1969 Philadelphia Open - 1969 Macon Indoor - 1969 Kingston International Invitation - 1969 Altamira International Invitation - 1969 Colombia International - 1969 Caribe Hilton International Championships - 1969 St. Petersburg Masters Invitation - 1969 Charlotte - 1969 Pörtschach Championships - 1969 Tidewater International - 1969 Bielefeld - 1969 Moroccan International - 1969 Bad Neuenahr - 1969 Paris Indoor - 1969 Philadelphia Indoors - Qualifying - 1969 King's Cup - Quarter Final c - 1969 Wimbledon - 1968 Roland Garros - 1968 Queens Club Tournament - 1968 Italian International Championships - 1968 South of France Championships - 1968 Montana-Vermala - 1968 West of England Championships - 1968 Czechoslovakian International Championships - 1968 Sicilian International Championships - 1968 Düsseldorf International Tournament - 1968 Catania - 1968 Parioli - 1968 Yugoslavian National Championships - 1968 Grunewald - 1968 King's Cup - Second Round d - 1968 Balkan Games - 1968 Wimbledon - 1967 Monte Carlo - 1967 Roland Garros - 1967 Queens Club Tournament - 1967 Italian International Championships - 1967 Yugoslavian International Championships - 1967 Montana-Vermala - 1967 German International Championships - 1967 Kulm Carlton - 1967 Aix-en-Provence - 1967 Sicilian International Championships - 1967 Napoli - 1967 Düsseldorf International Tournament - 1967 Mediterranean Games - 1967 Catania - 1967 Napoli (minor tournament) - 1967 Parioli - 1967 Travemünde International - 1967 Yugoslavian National Championships - 1967 Sassari International - 1967 Bielefeld - 1967 Wolfsburg - 1967 Grunewald - 1967 St. Moritz Suvretta - 1967 Roland Garros - 1966 Swiss International Championships - 1966 Yugoslavian International Championships - 1966 German International Championships - 1966 Roland Garros Qualifying - 1966 Düsseldorf International Tournament - 1966 Yugoslavian National Championships - 1966 Bielefeld - 1966 Elbe Cup - 1966 La Baule - 1966 Roland Garros - 1965 Italian International Championships - 1965 Yugoslavian International Championships - 1965 Napoli - 1965 Thessaloniki - 1965 King's Cup - First Round c - 1965 Einbeck - 1965 Balkan Games - 1965 Menton - 1964 King's Cup - Second Round b - 1964 Asian Championships - 1964 Monte Carlo - 1963 Yugoslavian International Championships - 1963 Trofeo Bonfiglio - 1963 Yugoslavian National Championships - 1963 Nice - Qualifying - 1963 Yugoslavian International Championships - 1960 Yugoslavian International Championships - 1959

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