Filip Krajinovic to kick off 2019 campaign with a former Grand Slam winner


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Filip Krajinovic to kick off 2019 campaign with a former Grand Slam winner

Filip Krajinovic has been one of the most talented players born in the early 90's, entering the Top 300 at the age of 17 and reaching the semi-final at the ATP 250 event in Belgrade after beating Novak Djokovic who was forced to retire in the quarter-final.

Filip had a chance to train at the IMG Academy in Bradenton and all the experts had predicted a stellar career to the young Serb who had every shot in the textbook to achieve a lot on the ATP Tour. Nonetheless, Krajinovic has been injury prone ever since the early days of his career and he never managed to avoid injuries during the entire season and show his full potential, entering 2017 from outside the Top 200 and even playing on the Futures Tour in March! After an incredible run on the Challenger Tour that saw him winning five titles, Filip cracked the Top 100 again in October and he qualified for the main draw at Paris Masters where he almost went all the way, losing in the final to Jack Sock despite winning the opening set and earning huge 625 points that propelled him into the Top 40 for the first time ever.

The Serb was in a perfect position to attack even bigger targets in 2018 but he couldn't continue where he left in the French capital, struggling with injuries again and winning nine matches in the first three months of the season.

That was enough to enter the Top 30 but a left foot, a left ankle and hand injuries have sidelined him from the court until Wimbledon, winning just five matches by the end of the season and spoiling everything he has been working for to finish the year just inside the Top 100.

Determined to get back where he belongs, Filip has decided to end his cooperation with Petar Popovic in September and he will start all over again in 2019 with a former world number 7 Thomas Johannson in his camp. The Swede had won the Australian Open in 2002 and he is a former coach of Maria Sakkari, embracing the new challenge and trying to draw the best from Krajinovic and make him a regular Top 30 or Top 40 player again. Filip is very confident about the step he made, moving to Monte Carlo and preparing for the first practice sessions with his new coach, hoping to stay healthy in 2019 and accomplish big things in the next couple of years.

"The time has come for the new chapter of my career and life in general. The year behind us was very tough for me, after that Paris result I was ready to conquer the tennis world but the season had barely started when I suffered the first injury, returning to the court a few times without being at my 100% and unable to stop the downfall and get something positive from 2018.

I had to come up with the plans for 2019 where I don't have too many points to defend and in order to attack the Top 10 I have decided to move to Monte Carlo and start working with Thomas Johannson. We signed the agreement and we will soon be on the court together, seeking my dreams of becoming world number 1 as I feel I'm good enough to achieve that.

I believe I made the best possible move and I'm ready to work with Thomas every single day on the court and to attack the leading positions in the rankings. If I stay healthy, anything is possible."