Marin Cilic joins Novak Djokovic on Indian Wells Masters player withdrawal list

Cilic won't be making his 13th Indian Wells appearance this year.

by Dzevad Mesic
Marin Cilic joins Novak Djokovic on Indian Wells Masters player withdrawal list

Former world No. 3 Marin Cilic has withdrawn from the Indian Wells Masters. Cilic, now ranked at No. 40 in the world, won't be making his 13th appearance at the Indian Wells Masters this year. Cilic's best result at the Indian Wells Masters came in 2016, when he made the quarterifnal before losing to Belgian tennis star David Goffin.

Cilic made the Indan Wells third round in his last appearance at the tournament in 2019. Following the Cilic withdrawal, a place in the Indian Wells main draw opened for rising American Jenson Brooksby.

Cilic split with coach Vedran Martin

Cilic is currently on a three-match losing streak and he decided to make some changes in his coaching staff.

"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 hasn't enjoyed much success in singles over the last two months but he won silver medal with Ivan Dodig 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."

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