Undoubtedly, Croatian professional tennis player, Marin Cilic, is one of the greatest players of all time. He came under the spotlight in 2009 when he defeated Andy Murray, the then-World No.2 in the fourth round of the US Open as well as for reaching the semi-finals at the Australian Open only a few months later.
The tall Croatian has reached at least the quarterfinal in all four grand slam tournaments, earning his first grand title in the 2014 US Open. He was a finalist at the 2017 Wimbledon Championship and the 2018 Australian Open but lost to Roger Federer in both. Read up other interesting facts about this tennis ace.
He was born on September 28, 1988, in Kristine, Medjugorje, a town in Bosnia and Herzegovina. His parents, Zdenko and Koviljka Cilic are Croatians and he has 3 brothers: Vinko, Goran, and Miles. Miles is the youngest of the pack and he also plays professional tennis.
The boys were born in a family that appreciates sports and thus, were exposed to the arena from a young age. Their father was determined to have his sons play sports, an opportunity he could not get. With two of them out there, the man could be classified as happy and satisfied.
Marin got his first introduction to the game in a sports club where his father took him to with his elder brother, Vinko when he was about 7. He entered his first tournament at 8 which was also when he won his first trophy. He also had the opportunity to be among the first set of people who played on their town’s first tennis court which was built in 1991. The tennis player was nicknamed Chila by his friends and is right-handed (two-handed backhand).
As usual, a star always finds a way to shine because its shinning ability is innate. That was the case with Marin Cilic, he showed that he was cut out for the sports and would be a dominant figure therein. He was spotted by local hometown coaches while displaying his skills when he was 14 and was encouraged by them to move to the Croatia capital, Zagreb, where better chances await him and where he could be further trained.
In Zagreb, he met an iconic player who he idolizes, Goran Ivanišević (now tennis coach) who holds the record as the only person to win the Men’s singles title at Wimbledon as a wildcard, a feat he achieved in 2001. It was this meeting that will introduce him to the larger world of tennis playing. In 2004, Marin was recommended to Goran’s former coach, Bob Brett and had to move to San Remo, Italy to work with him. He was coached by Bob from 2004 to 2013 and then by Goran Ivanišević until 2016 when he picked up Jonas Björkman as his coach.
Marin turned pro in 2005 and is known for his fast serves and powerful ground-strokes. In no time, he showed his form, winning his first ATP singles title in 2008 after he won the first (in April) and second (in May) professional tournaments of his career in 2007. He is one of the few players who reached the quarterfinals of every Grand Slam. He won his first Grand Slam title at the 2014 US Open. The victory marked his 300th professional victory.
In 2016, he clinched his maiden Masters title after he defeated Andy Murray in Cincinnati and his first ATP 500 level title at the Swiss Indoors. Continuing with his winning streak, Marin broke into the first top 5, rising to no. 4 in the ATP rankings for the first time in his career in 2017. He eventually rose to world no. 3 on January 29, 2018, a position he maintained for 12 weeks before he was surpassed by the German player, Alexander Zverev.
He launched the Marin Clinic Foundation in June 2016 with the aim of helping children get access to education. It also presents the Marin Cilic Trophy for young tennis players. His career has seen him win 17 ATP singles career titles including one Grand Slam, one ATP Masters 1000 and a record four titles at the PBZ Zagreb Indoors.
Marin Cilic’s Net Worth
Marin is reported to have earned a total of $23,115,432 in prize money since he turned pro. He also earns from his endorsements with brands such as Fila, Line Head and Li-Ning (which he had a five-year contract with from 2011 to 2016). His net worth is estimated at $17 million with an annual salary of $4 million.
Marin Cilic’s Wife, Girlfriend
The top 10 regular has been in a relationship with Kristina Milkovic. The two met in 2008 and has been together since then. Kristina is a strong support to the Croatian player and has been a regular face in most of his games including the US Open where he won his first Grand Slam title.
She earned two Master’s Degrees from the University of Zagreb in 2014, one in political science and the other in psychology. She now works with a financial institution, one of the largest banks in Croatia, Zagrebačka banka where she handles the responsibility of recruiting new employees for the institution. Marin’s belle is a polyglot as well; fluent in Croatian, English, Italian, and Spanish.
After more than 7 years of being together, the duo decided to tie the knots. Their nuptials took place on 28 April 2018 in Cavtat, Dubrovnik, Kristina’s hometown.
The right-handed tennis player is one of the tallest tennis champions in the world with a height of 6 feet 6 inches (1.98 m). His body weight is 69 lbs (89 kg).