The Croatian professional tennis player Marin Cilic is, without doubt, one of the greatest players of all time. He came into the limelight in 2009 when he defeated Andy Murray, then the world No. 2, in the fourth round of the US Open and reached the semi-finals at the Australian Open just a few months later.
The tall Croatian has reached at least the quarter-finals at all four Grand Slam tournaments, securing his first major title at 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 tournaments. Read more interesting facts about this tennis ace.
He was born on September 28, 1988, in Kristine, Medjugorje, a city 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 in the pack and also plays professional tennis.
The boys were born into a family that appreciates sports, so they were familiar with the arena from a very young age. Their father was determined to let his sons play sports, an opportunity he could not get. With two of them out there, the man could be considered happy and content.
Marin got his first introduction to the game in a sports club where his father took him with his older brother Vinko when he was about 7 years old. At the age of 8, he participated in his first tournament, where he also won his first cup. He also had the opportunity to be among the first people to play on the first tennis court in their town, 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 his ability to shine is innate. This was the case with Marin Cilic, he showed that he was made for the sport and would be a dominant figure in it. He was discovered by the coaches in his hometown when he was 14 years old and was encouraged by them to move to the Croatian capital of Zagreb, where better opportunities awaited him and where he could continue to train.
In Zagreb, he met a player with cult status whom he idolizes: Goran Ivaniševic (now a tennis coach), who holds the record as the only player 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 wider world of tennis. In 2004 Marin Goran’s former coach Bob Brett was recommended and had to move to San Remo in Italy to work with him. From 2004 to 2013 he was coached by Bob Brett and then by Goran Ivaniševic until 2016 when he took over Jonas Björkman as his coach.
Marin turned pro in 2005 and is known for his fast serves and powerful basic strokes. He showed his form in a very short time and won his first ATP singles title in 2008, after winning the first (in April) and second (in May) professional tournament of his career in 2007. He is one of the few players who reached the quarter-finals at every Grand Slam. He won his first Grand Slam title at the 2014 US Open, which marked his 300th professional victory.
In 2016 he won his first Masters’s title after defeating Andy Murray in Cincinnati and winning his first ATP 500 level title at the Swiss Indoors. Marin continued his winning streak and made it into the top 5 and climbed to the top of the rankings. Ranked 4th in the ATP ranking, for the first time in his career in 2017, he eventually rose to the world number. 3 on 29 January 2018, a position he held for 12 weeks before being overtaken by the German player Alexander Zverev.
In June 2016 he founded the Marin Clinic Foundation with the aim of facilitating access to education for children. He also presents the Marin Cilic Trophy for young tennis players. In his career, he has won 17 ATP individual titles, including a Grand Slam, an ATP Masters 1000, and the record of four titles at the PBZ Zagreb Indoors.
Marin Cilic’s Net Worth
Marin is said to have earned a total of $23,115,432 in prize money since he went pro. He also earns through his sponsorship contracts with brands such as Fila, Line Head, and Li-Ning (with whom he had a five-year contract 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 was in a relationship with Kristina Milkovic. The two met in 2008 and have been together since then. Kristina is strong support for 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.
In 2014, she earned two master’s degrees at the University of Zagreb, one in political science and one in psychology. Today she works at a financial institution, one of the largest banks in Croatia, Zagrebacka Banka, where she is responsible for recruiting new staff for the institution. Marin’s belle is also polyglot; she is fluent in Croatian, English, Italian, and Spanish.
After more than 7 years of being together, the duo decided to tie the knots. Their wedding ceremony took place on April 28, 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).