World No. 24 Marin Cilic has joined Andy Murray in receiving a Doha wildcard, per Michal Samulski. Cilic, a former world No. 3, is set to make his debut in Doha at the age of 33. Cilic played lots of tennis in Australia but took a three-week break after the Australian Open.
Cilic made back-to-back semifinals at the start of the season as he played in Adelaide 1 and Adelaide 2. Cilic then made the Australian Open round-of-16, before losing to Felix Auger-Aliassime in four sets. "Tough loss last night but a great month in Australia & a great start to the 2022 season.
Congrats to @felixtennis on a hard fought battle. Thanks to all the fans supporting here and across all the time zones. Leaving Oz with lots of positives," Cilic tweeted after the loss.
Cilic paid tribute to Juan Martin del Potro
Last Saturday, former world No.
3 Juan Martin del Potro announced he would likely retire after playing Buenos Aires and Rio de Janeiro. On Tuesday, del Potro suffered a straight-set defeat to Federico Delbonis in the Buenos Aires first round and said that was likely the last match of his career.
Del Potro withdrew from Rio de Janeiro and Cilic paid him a touching tribute. "It has been an honor to share this journey with @delpotrojuan. We’ve been at this together since our days as juniors all the way to reaching Slam titles.
You were an inspiration to us all on tour & to kids around the world. Tennis was privileged to have you leave your mark on its history. Even with the challenges & setbacks you faced throughout your career, you persevered and excelled to the highest levels.
Sad to see you leave on these terms but I’m sure amazing things await! Gracias Delpo!" Cilic wrote on Twitter. It remains to be seen how far can Cilic go in his Doha debut.