Over the weekend, several Croatian tennis players took part in a football match organized by former US Open champion Marin Cilic.
Marin Cilic helped organize a football match in Croatia
Last year, the Marin Cilic Foundation organised Game Set Croatia to help raise funds to build a multi-functional sports playground for children from Tordinci Elementary School.
This past weekend, Cilic asked his fellow Croatian tennis stars to join him for a football match along with 120 children from the Tordinci Elementary School on the playground that was constructed with the funds raised from last year's event.
Among those who took part in the event besides Cilic were Croatian ATP tennis stars Borna Coric, Ivan Dodig, Nikola Mektic, Mate Pavic, Franko Skugo as well as Croatian WTA players Ana Konjuh and Donna Vekic. According to the ATP Tour website, Cilic commented, "I had a great time with the kids and I think my fellow tennis players feel the same.
It was fun to swap out tennis for some football”. The Croatian plans to work with his foundation to work on similar projects to provide children in his home country access to sports and play facilities. Cilic commented, "I hope this new playground will provide healthy, fun and wonderful memories for the kids from this area.
Hopefully many of them will discover their love for sport here”. The Marin Cilic Foundation has already helped more than 1,000 kids in Croatia through their projects and awarded 37 scholarships to young athletes and classical musicians, helped renovate four school laboratories in Croatia, and helped organise a free annual tennis camp for children in the area of Vukovar.
31 year old Marin Cilic has won 18 ATP Tour singles titles in his career, including the 2014 US Open Grand Slam singles title. His career high singles ranking is world No. 3, which he achieved in January 2018. He was also the finalist at the 2017 Wimbledon Championships and the 2018 Australian Open, losing to Roger Federer on both occasions.
He has earned over $27 million in career prize money so far and was part of Croatia's Davis Cup winning team in 2018. He is currently No. 37 in the ATP world singles rankings.