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Biofile: Borna Coric Interview

By Scoop Malinowski

Status: ATP No. 32. Won two career ATP singles titles. Career high best ranking was no. 12.

Ht: 6-1 Wt: 160

DOB: Nov. 14, 1996 In: Zagreb, Croatia

First Tennis Memory: “Watching my dad play. So I actually started because I was watching him playing.”

Tennis Inspirations: “Rafa Nadal, would say.”

First Famous Player You Met Or Encountered: “I think it was Goran Ivanisevic. Actually, I also hope so because he’s an unbelievable guy. I hoped I actually met him first. (Where?) In Croatia. We went to practice. I was like maybe ten or eleven. So he heard about me. And then he asked if we want to practice because he wanted to see how I’m playing.”

Greatest Career Moment (so far): “Winning Davis Cup against France (beat Chardy in singles in 2018). And beating Nadal (in Basel QF 2014).”

Most Painful Moment: “Good question. I’m not sure, honestly. I’m gonna need some time to think about it…maybe against… I think in the juniors, the semifinal of the French Open against (Christian) Garin (of Chile). I really wanted to win that match. I think I was close but he was better on that day.”

Last Book Read: “Mike Tyson book [smiles].”

Funniest Players Encountered: “A couple of players are very funny. I really like their quotes and everything. (Who?) Ernests Gulbis. I like to see Tsonga playing as well, he’s funny on the court.”

Strangest Match: “I got a retired on at 1-0 at US Open qualifying last year. For me, I just didn’t expect that from US Open. This was a little bit weird. (His reason?) I think stomach pain.”

Why Do You Love Playing Tennis: “Because I just love being in the tournaments, being on the Tour, also when I’m competing against the other guys I just love it. And it’s fight all the time.”

Favorite Sport Outside Of Tennis: “Table tennis.”

People Qualities Most Admired: “When someone is good as a person. When he wants to help the other people. Also when someone, if he’s not all the time jealous, he needs to be jealous, but just a little bit, not all the time. If he’s just acting normal.”

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1 comment

  • Scoop Malinowski · September 8, 2020 at 2:36 pm

    The win over Tsitsipas could be a career changer. To save 6 mps in a major is something even sampras federer djokovic agassi nadal never did. And he did it against a major contender. Coric is just hammering Zverev right now easy first set. He beat Zverev at US Open a few years ago.



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