Top-ranked Croatian tennis player Borna Coric says he has been in Zadar for a month now and he is looking forward to participating at the Adria Tour event this week. Over this past weekend, the Adria Tour finished its first series in Belgrade as some of the biggest names of the game competed in the capital city of Serbia.
The next stop for Adria Tour will be Zadar as tennis stars are set to compete over this coming weekend in Croatia. Coric, a two-time ATP champion, and 2014 US Open champion Marin Cilic are the two Croatian tennis players confirmed for the Adria Tour event in Zadar.
Coric hasn't played since February, when he made the semifinal at an ATP 500 event in Rio de Janeiro. "I have been staying in Zadar for the last four weeks, I enjoy it, I feel at home here, and when I heard that there would be a tournament here, I was really overjoyed.
As for my participation, I don't have any expectations because this will be my first tournament after a long time, I played a little bit in Osijek, and if I will be at that level, I think I will perform well," Coric told Sport Klub.
Goran Ivanisevic, the coach of Novak Djokovic, previously stated that the Adria Tour will be a big event for Zadar and a great chance to promote Croatia in a positive way. Coric, ranked at No. 33 in the world, feels the same way.
"It means a lot because it's a big promotion. I have always had great memories from Zadar and I think it will happen again this time," Coric said.
Borna Coric says there won't be messing around in Zadar
1 Djokovic, seventh-ranked Alexander Zverev and 2017 Nitto ATP Finals champion Grigor Dimitrov are also planning to play in Zadar. In Belgrade, Djokovic, Zverev and Dimitrov all failed to make it past the group stage and reach the final.
The final featured world No. 3 Dominic Thiem and 2017 Paris Masters runner-up Filip Krajinovic as the Austrian beat the Serb in three sets to win the title. "Come and support us, I believe it will be a spectacle, quality players are coming who play serious tennis, there won't be messing around, I think the spectators will enjoy," Borna Coric said.