Croatian tennis player Marin Cilic has called it quits on his collaboration with coach Vedran Martic. Cilic, a former world No. 3, has been playing poorly over the last two months and he decided to make a change in his coaching staff.
Cilic claimed his lone title of the season in Sttutgart and also made the quarterfinal at the Queen's Club but since then his form went downhill. Cilic is currently on a three-match losing streak as he hopes to bounce back and make some good results before the season ends.
Cilic noted that he respects Martic and that they will stay friends off the court. "Vedran Martic and I have decided to end our professional relationship and I would like to take a moment to thank him for his dedication, hard work, and all he has done for me as my coach.
Of course, he stays my dear friend and Davis Cup captain," Cilic announced on Twitter.
Cilic won a medal for Croatia
Cilic has been playing poorly in singles over the last few months but he and Ivan Dodig won silver medal at the Tokyo Olympics.
“We are extremely proud to hold this medal,” Cilic said after the Tokyo Olympics gold medal match. “This is something that was missing in our trophy cabinet. Me and Ivan know each other from our early days, since we started tennis, so even to be here at the pinnacle of the sport, to play in a gold medal match at the Olympics, is a dream come true.
“It wasn’t our best day of the week, but we have to congratulate Nikola and Mate. We are still super proud, even though it’s a little bit of mixed emotions of being so close and not being able to hold the gold medal, but still we are extremely happy.
We can’t describe how important this is going to be in looking back on our careers when we’re much older."