Re: Marin Cilic-new hope for croatian tennis
Interview for ''Slobodna Dalmacija''
>>He moved to Zagreb at the age of 14…
- When I first came to Zagreb,I only knew my godfather there and his wife. In the beginning, that was enough, with their help I felt like home. It took me half a year to learn my way in Zagreb, my godfather used to take me to practise. I kept telling my folks at Međugorje that I was fine, but I couldn't wait to go back home every month or so. I missed my family the most.
>> Moving to zagreb was the biggest decision he had to take in his life, actually, his tennis.
- I practically started living for tennis. Even before that, when they've been saying that I'm a big talent, I din't take it for granted. Luckily, my ambitions and work have always been supported by good results. Each year I had something to lean on: European under 14 Champion, under 16 Champion, winning Roland Garros last year. Win in Paris came as a total shock for me, completely unexpected. Generation '87 was much stronger than mine, '88, but it all turned out great for me.
>> He didn't celebrate like 'crazy' when he won RG…became first Croatian to win Junior GS title.
- It probably has something to do with genes, everyone in my family is like that. Of the same kind. I think that my quiet temper brought me more good than bad. One of the examples is the fact that I have never been pushed or burdened by my parents. Even if I'd be somewhat disappointed or mad because of some loss, when I'd talk to them at home, they'd say ''Doesn't matter, relax, it will be better''. I also didn't have to worry about anything financially either.
>> Even better example of what kind of a guy he is is the fact that he can live in a place that he lives. It's in Alplan, National tennis center, it's pretty bad and it absolutely shouldn't be place where best junior in the world and one of the biggest hopes in tennis should live. But Croatian Tennis Federation couldn't find him anything better.
- I knew it was bad there, doesn't matter, I'm patient. My dad managed to contact Bandic (mayor of Zagreb), maybe something happens, some city's appartment on use. I could rent my appartement, I'll wait and see.
>> He's not rushing anywhere, accepts everything peacefully. He's still without agent, agency to represent him, ease his breakthrough into the tennis world. He's done a lot of it by himself anyway.
- I have thought about it a lot and realized that I shouldn't rush things. I still didn't get the right offer for one reason or another. Today it's different. I think I wil be represented by this Swedish guy, who's experienced, he's been working for IMG and Octagon, he works on Senoir Tour and exibition events, knows people. I have a cotract with Fila for two more years, I signed it last year before RG, I couldn't refuse it. My contract with Wilson expires at the end of next year.
>> Win over Andreev, who's been #25 at the time, has been the biggest so far.
- I was stil in two minds back then. I wasn't sure whether to continue in Juniors or turn to professional tour. I realized that they were also only humans, that I don't have to be affraid of anybody. After that, I entered all matches with more confidence. I'm aware that there are no holes in my game, I'm good at everything. I think that my opponent are surprised when they see how fast and elastic I am considering my height. I want to improve, especially in coming to the net.
- He really means a lot to me. Other than I go to train with him very often, we talk almost every day, he's involved with anything that has to do with me. He has helped me to enter some tournaments. Sometimes he sets examples and jokes from his collaboration with Goran and Mario, to brake monotony. Unlike them, I don't get punished for cursing. It rarely happens that I swear something.
Last edited by lovemario; 08-05-2006 at 12:53 AM.