Borna Coric opens on time he feared he wouldn't be able to continue career
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Croatian tennis player Borna Coric admitted there was a period when he feared he wouldn't be able to make a comeback to tennis. Coric, a former world No. 12, underwent a shoulder surgery last May and the timetable for his return was the Us Open.
When the time came for the US Open, Coric hadn't even picked up a racket yet. "Well, when a professional athlete goes to surgery, it is never guaranteed that he will come back the same. I had slight complications after the surgery, because the pain was present longer than we anticipated.
Speaking from this perspective, perhaps that was to be expected, but at that time it seemed to me that I was pretty late with my rehabilitation," Coric told Tennis Majors. "I didn’t feel secure, I was serving lightly and still felt pain, along with spasm in my muscle, all of which I was told should have been gone by then.
Doubts did creep in, but I knew that I had to do my part every day so that I could come back to the place that I was, physically and serve-wise. "The doctor who performed the surgery told me that there was a chance that I could be ready for the US Open.
When that time came, I still hadn’t even picked up a racquet, so it was normal to have some doubts."
Coric set to play the Indian Wells Masters
Coric was one of the first players to arrive to Australia but in the end he decided against playing the Australian Open.
Coric had a few tournaments in February on his schedule but pulled out of all tournaments. Coric is now certain that his shoulder is where it needs to be in order for him to go out and compete without worrying about any complications.
Coric made the Indian Wells semifinal in 2018, before losing to Roger Federer. Coric was up by a set against Federer but the Swiss recovered to win in three sets.