Marriage bliss on distance
Tennis player thanks to who croatia entered the dc final for the first time, lives in Monte Carlo and his wife in Zagreb,so they dont see each other often and they decided not to make bigger family(have kids) until his sport career ends
'I want to be remembered as a tennis player who led his country into a dc final. Dc has always been sth special for me'-said Ivan, #1 cro tennis player and #14 in the world. His wish has fulfilled: on Sunday, September 25,he beat N.Davydenko and became a first croatian t.player thanks to who cro entered a dc final.
With many fans, on the full stands of Gripe was his family:wife Aida,mother Hazira,father Marko,brother Vlado and Aida's brother and parents. After dinner in 'Villa Dalmacija' where cro team was staying,celebration was continued in 'Tribu' club. Ivan opened the party with the bottle of champaign, alongside him were Pilic,Ancic,Karlovic,Tuksar and many other sportmen.
But exhaustion and emotions did its part, and Ivan and Aida left the club first, little before midnight.
Almost slept standing
'I was dead tired and if I had stayed few more minutes,I would have slept standing.It's nice to be a winner,enjoy ovations and congradulations,but neither this time I had time for longer celebration and rest.Next day Ivan left to Monte Carlo.
Ivan moved there 8 years ago where he has ideal training conditions. But there are two sides to that-sacrifising marriage life. Ever since Ivan and Aida(lawschool graduate) married last year in November, couple lives in two cities. Davis cup in Split was a good opportunity to spent a week together.
'I like to be on tournaments with Ivan,to cheer cause atmosphere is always special. Once you get 'addicted' to tennis,it's hard to leave it. Ivan prepares himself in MC for matches, and cause of my obligations on court, I rarely can join him. For now. So every coming of his t cro is like a honeymoon for us
We had a feek in May when Ivan won Zagreb open. But he was training most of the time then as well as now,in Split. One day we managed to go to ban Jelačić square where Ivan bought a book in bookstore. We didnt get to take a walk in Split,Ivan didnt even get to eat his favourite food speciality-ćevape(maybe RDucky can explain what it is
). But stil I'm not sorry;the most important is that he won,I know how much dc means to him'-said Aida and added that Ivan became very independent since living in MC. On Monday,preparing in Rijeka to leave to Monaco,he packed his 30 kilos heavy luggage very quickly.
'I always have a lots of bags,my hands fall of to take them to my car.I promise to myself everytime that I would take less luggage on the next trip. And when I start packing,in ten minutes my bag is full of half of my closet. I think it's better to take more than to lack of sth. Other than tennis stuff and everyday clothes,I always take camera and laptop so the bags are full and I can barely close them.
For 8 years in MC Ivan has planned schedule.Wakes up at 7.30,joggs,has breakfast,then hour and a half practises upper body part. At noon,he's on the tennis court,after lunch practises,runs,before night plays tennis for another hour and a half.After last meal,he's fot nothing else other bed.
After one week in MC,Ivan leaves to Metz and then Wienna where Aida should join him.
'I dont know if we'll be able to go on our traditional vacation in November.' says Ivan.
'I dont have time for relaxing and private life until my sport career is lasting. Aida and me are not planning kids now,dont want my child to grow up without me.'