Croatian tennis player Marin Čilić (34) pulled out of before the start of the Australian Open which is currently being played in Melbourne.
Čilić did not go into too much detail at the time as to why, but now it is clear as he has sent a message to fans from his hospital bed today after undergoing surgery.
“A few challenging weeks to start 2023. After consulting with various specialists, I made the difficult decision to undergo knee surgery as it seemed the best option for a long term fix to the injury I got at the start of this year,” Čilić said, before adding:
“Thankfully, the procedure went as well as we could have hoped. Unfortunately, this means some time away from the tennis court, but as silver lining, more precious time at home with my family and for all the other things we don’t have time for while travelling. I am feeling positive and cannot wait to get back to the court, but for now big focus is on resting and the rehab journey ahead. Thank you all for the well wishes. Can’t wait to see you back on Tour.”
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Čilić Čilić has won 20 titles, including a Grand Slam when he won the 2014 US Open. He was reached the final of Wimbledon and the Australian Open. He won a silver medal at the 2020 Tokyo Olympics in the men’s doubles with Ivan Dodig.