World No. 1 Novak Djokovic was extremely happy after two top-ranked Cristian tennis players Marin Cilic and Borna Coric accepted his invitation to play the Adria Tour. Last week, 17-time Grand Slam champion Djokovic announced his plans to stage the Adria Tour across four Balkan countries -- Serbia, Croatia, Bosnia and Montenegro -- from June 13 - July 5.
World No. 37 Cilic and 33rd-ranked Coric are expected to make their Adria Tour appearance on June 20-21, when the Adria Tour takes place in Zadar, Croatia. "Thanks to Marin and Borna for accepting to play and because they agreed to sign up for free and without any additional requests accepted to be a part of a (humanitarian) event like this.
They are two great players but also two great guys -- they have proved that once again. I have known them for a long time, we hang out, respect and learn from each other. I'm happy because they will be a part of a sporting event like this, in a real sporting city, in front of the public in Zadar," Djokovic said, per Sport Klub.
Novak Djokovic has nothing but good to say of Cilic and Coric
Cilic, a former world No. 3, achieved the best result of his career in 2014, when he handed a straight-set defeat to Japanese Kei Nishikori in the US Open final to lift his maiden Grand Slam title.
"Marin is one of the greatest players from this region, he has won a Grand Slam, for years now he has been a top player and he is a really quality player. I remember our clashes but more importantly I remember our ongoing friendship," Djokovic said.
Coric, a former world No. 12, has won two ATP titles over the course of his career. Djokovic believes 23-year-old Coric has the potential and the right mindset to be a top player. "Coric is really dedicated to the sport, he is putting in effort, he is a real professional, he has a great mental strength -- which in most cases is the key factor on the court.
Often I try to organize mutual practices and I'm happy that we will meet agains in Zadar," Djokovic said. Previously, Novak Djokovic confirmed that Grigor Dimitrov, Dominic Thiem and Alexander Zverev would play the Adria Tour.