Croatian tennis star Borna Coric says he wants to stay healthy and injury-free next season and reach the World's Top 10, in an interview published by the Tenisovysvet website. Coric is in Prague, the Czech Republic to take part in this year's Moneta Tennis Extraliga, something he says his new Czech coach Martin Stepanek convinced him to play.
"I've never played this contest, so I'm really excited. I am in Prague for the first time, I enjoyed the last two weeks here. The preparation has been successful and I am looking forward to live matches. It will certainly help me a lot.
I didn't play a single duel in December, so extra league games would be such a bonus for me. I hope to play good matches. My coach Martin Stepanek suggested that I have played this competition. And I agreed. I went to the center of Prague, it's very nice there.
Honestly, we train a lot, so I'm here in the hall from morning tonight. Training is exhausting, then you don't have much energy to walk around the city. Coric says he is happy with his choice of Stepanek as his coach and wants to win the gold medal for his team in this competition.
"I've known Martin for almost five years, we've met on the circuit. I consulted compatriot Ivan Dodig, who also recommended this coach. I feel it was a very good choice. Absolutely (winning the gold medal). This is the main goal.
It's the same as other sports, you always want to win. Speaking about his goals for next year, Coric says, "My main goal is to stay healthy. I wasn't doing well last season. I have no more specific goals. I want to stay healthy, play good tennis and would like to return to the top ten.
Fortunately, the back problems are all behind me. The last three months of this season have been very difficult for me. Then I had to take seven days of complete rest and I started to train fully." The 23-year-old Coric is currently ranked No. 28 in the world, down from his career-best ranking of No. 12 in August, and posted a 27-22 record in 2019.