Croatia’s Davis Cup coach Željko Krajan has a headache ahead of his team’s important World Group first round tie against Serbia next month with news that his number one player is likely to miss the tie through injury…
US Open champion Marin Čilić, who pulled out of this week’s ATP Zagreb Indoors, looks like he will not be fit to take on Serbia in Kraljevo on 6-8 March.
“Chances to play are minimal, there is a big question mark over my appearance. I withdrew from tournaments in (Zagreb), Rotterdam and Delray Beach which starts on 16 February. It will be two and a half months in March since I last played tennis. It would be very difficult to play after such a break, with just two weeks training,” said an upset Čilić, who was present at the Zagreb Indoors draw on the weekend.
Čilić, who pulled out of the Australian Open last month after his right shoulder was causing him difficulties, said he did not expect the recovery period to take so long.
“I thought 3-4 weeks rest would be enough,” said Čilić.
With Čilić out, Ivo Karlović is now the ATP Zagreb Indoors top seed. The tournament starts in the Croatian capital on Monday.