The 1st Round of the Australian Open is in the books and the Croatians did “okay” in singles; winning 2/4 matches.
Marin Čilić is the lone Croatian men’s singles player this tournament as he carries a #27 ranking through the first Grand Slam of the year. Borna Ćorić is still nursing a shoulder injury and is expected to rejoin the tour in the next couple of months. Ćilić made quick work of Ecuadorian qualifier Emilio Gomez in the First Round; wining 6-3, 6-1, 6-2 in straight sets. Čilić will now face Slovakian Norbert Gombos in the 2nd Round. At 33 tears of age, Čilić doesn’t have many more chances of making deep runs at Grand Slam tournaments. He has a favorable draw this year with #5 Andrey Rublev in his path to the quarterfinals.
On the woman’s side, only Ana Konjuh won her 1st Round match as she beat American Shelby Rogers 4-6, 6-3, 7-5 to set up a date with another American, #27 Danielle Collins in the 2nd Round.
Petra Martić lost 3-6, 3-6 to Swiss tennis player Jil Teichmann while Donna Vekić lost 2-6, 2-6 to American Alison Riske.
All eyes will be on Nikola Mektić and Mate Pavić in men’s doubles as they are the #1 ranked team and favorites to win the tournament. Mektić and Pavić won Wimbledon and Olympic gold in 2021. An Australian Open victory is what the two Croatians are aiming for to start their 2022 campaign after Croatia fell just short in the Davis Cup Finals to Russia last month.