- Ivan Dodig reached his first Grand Slam final this weekend, falling in the men’s doubles final to the Bryan Brothers. Read more here: Dodig/Melo fall to Bryan Bros. in Wimbledon doubles final
- Ana Konjuh reached the semifinals of the Juniors tournament at Wimbledon before falling in three sets to American Taylor Townsend. Ana played the tournament without her first serve, making it very difficult on service games. Her next tournament begins July 15th in Contrexeville, France.
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- Dinamo Zagreb were crowned winners of the Croatian Super Cup on Saturday, beating Hajduk 4-1 in penalties after a close match ended with the teams at one goal apiece. Read more here: Dinamo Defeats Hajduk, Clinches Super Cup
- Croatia fell in the Round of 16 of the U-20 World Cup to Chile last Monday. Read more here: Mladi Vatreni bow out of World Cup after 2 late Chilean goals
- Tomislav Dujmović has completed a move from Dinamo Moscow, where he failed to get consistent playing time, to RNK Split. He hopes to lead Split to the “European places, if not the title”.
- Genoa is rumored to have offered four million euros for Dinamo Zagreb defender Šime Vrsaljko. Šime was left out of the Dinamo squad for the Super Cup, but nothing has been confirmed from the two teams.
- Lazio is said to be in the hunt for 22 year old forward Ante Vukušić. The move for the ex-Hajduk man is expected to be made official this week.
Martin Junaković passes up the court
- Croatia were knocked out of the U-19 FIBA World Championships in the quarterfinals to eventual runner-ups Serbia. They fell 66-73, despite 30 points from star Dario Šarić. Šarić made the all-tournament team, as he was the 2nd in the tournament in points per game (20.3), assists per game (4.9), and rebounds per game (11.2).
Dario Saric interview
- Bojan Bogdanović, who was drafted by the New Jersey (Brooklyn) Nets and left overseas for the past two years, has signed a three year deal with the Nets that will see him compete for the backup small forward position. Bojan is the first Croat to play in the NBA since Roko Ukić left the Bucks in 2010.
- The U-20 European Championships begin this week, with Croatia facing Turkey in their first game on Tuesday. Some of the U-19 players will be joining the team after their exit in the World Championships, but Dario Šarić does not look to be among them.
- Ana Šimić and Blanka Vlašić jumped in the women’s high jump at the Paris Diamond League meet on Saturday, both turning in mediocre performances in front of a crowd of over 55,000. Ana jumped 1.92 meters and finished tied for 4th, three centimeters off her personal best. Blanka finished in a tie for 2nd, jumping 1.98 meters but not coming close on her three attempts at a season high of 2.01 meters. She will be competing at the next Diamond League meet, in Monaco on July 19th. The Croatian record holder sits 3rd in the Diamond League rankings, with three competitions remaining. The winner of the “Diamond Race” receives $40,000, while 2nd, 3rd, and so on take home nothing.
Blanka’s final attempt at 2.01m
“I’m glad I had a good feeling and good rhythm at the competition. I am stronger than before and this stadium surface is acceptable for me now. I still see every height as a challenge and I used too much energy on the lower heights, which I didn’t even notice at the time” – Blanka Vlašić
- Sandra Perković threw for a season’s best, world lead, and meet record at the Diamond League meet in Lausanne last week, winning by over 2.5 meters. Her throw of 68.96 meters bested her own world lead by 48 centimeters. With two Diamond League competitions remaining for the Women’s discus, Sandra has clinched the Diamond League title. She has 20 points (5 wins), with her nearest competitors at just four points.