34 year-old Marin Čilic unfortunately had to bow out of the Australian Open tournament this year due to a knee injury. He is arguably Croatia’s greatest tennis player of all-time and is currently ranked #18 in the world.
Due to Čilić’s absence, 26 year-old Borna Ćorić will be Croatia’s only men’s singles player at the tournament this year. However, before the seats ever got warm at the Aussie Open on Day 1 Monday, Ćorić was bounced from the tournament in straights sets: 6-3, 6-3, 6-3 by Czech player Jiří Lehečka. Ćoric is currently ranked #23 in the world. Lehečka is #71. This is an absolute disaster for Ćorić after winning his first Masters 1000 tournament this past August.
On the women’s side, Croatia will be represented by two players in singles action. Petra Martić (ranked #37 in the world) will face off against Swiss Viktorija Golubic in the first round of the Australian Open. Donna Vekić (ranked #64 in the world) will play Russian qualifier Oksana Selekhmeteva in their first round match up. Martić’s best showing at a grand slam was the quarterfinals of the 2019 French Open. Vekić made it to the US Open quarterfinals in 2019.
Who will make it the farthest Down Unda this year at the Australian Open?