This is a player profile of Marin Cilic the Croatia born professional tennis player, who has just created history by winning the US Open grand slam.
Brief Information about Marin Cilic
Full Name: Marin Cilic
Date of Birth: 28th September 1988
Place of Birth: Medugorje, Bosnia and Herzegovina (Former Yugoslavia)
Residence: Monte Carlo, Monaco
Height: 6ft 6in (1.98m)
Professional Career Details of Marin Cilic
Turned Pro in: 2004
Playing Style: Right Handed
Highest ATP Ranking: 9 (Achieved on 22nd February, 2010)
Grand Slam Record of Marin Cilic
Australian Open – SF 2010
French Open – R4 2009, 2010
Wimbledon – QF 2014
US Open – Winner 2014
Olympics – R2 2008, 2014
Early and Personal Life of Marin Cilic
Born to Croatian parents Marin Cilic grew up in Medugorje a small town in Bosnia and Herzegovina. Marin Cilic is a Roman Catholic. His father Zdenko Cilic had already made up his mind that all his three sons will be sports persons. When the first tennis courts were built up in the town, Marin and his friends enrolled first in the year 1991. The former Croatian tennis star Goran Ivanisevic found a raw talent in him and he advised Marin Cilic’s father to send Marin to San Remo in Italy to take further training from his former coach, Bob Brett. So at the age of 15 he was shifted to Italy. Because of this background Marin Cilic is a big supporter of A. C. Milan the Italian Serie A side.
Professional Career of Marin Cilic
After turning pro in the year 2004 Marin Cilic started playing in the ATP Circuit and won 12 ATP singles titles till 2014. This consistent show took him to the top 10 players in the ATP Rankings and he became world No. 9 player. Marin Cilic first came into the limelight when he defeated Andy Murray in the fourth round of 2009 and then he reached Australian Open semi finals in the year 2010. In 2014 he reached in quarterfinals of Wimbledon as well. But the biggest of them all came on 8th September, 2014 when he defeated Japan’s Kei Nishikori in the finals of the US Open in straight sets by 6-3.6-3, 6-3. In the semi finals Marin Cilic even upset Roger Federer.
Drug Controversy Related to Marin Cilic
In September 2013 Marin Cilic received a backdated ban for nine months as he was found using incautious usage of glucose. Although the tribunal also found that it was unintentional, but all his prize money and ATP ranking points were stripped off since the date of drug test was found positive. Upon the appeal the Court of Arbitration for Sport reduced the ban from nine months to four months.
The Marin Cilic Quote
My team have brought something special to me, especially Goran (Ivanisevic). The most important thing he brought to me is joy in tennis, having fun. I think I played the best tennis in my life. For all the other players who work hard, this is a sign that it is going to pay off.
- After winning the US Open 2014