• Knee injury wrecks January for Cilic

    12/14/11 8:15 PM | Johan Lindahl
    Knee injury wrecks January for Cilic Marin Cilic, winner of two of the last three editions of the Chennai event in India which begins the ATP season, won't have a chance for a possible trophy hat-trick after being forced from the tournament by a knee injury.

    The No. 21 had a torrid close to 2011, playing the Beijing final in October and winning St Petersburg to end the month. The Croatian won Chennai in 2009 and 2010, with Swiss Stanislas Wawrinka back to defend the title he lifted in 2011.

    Cilic is suffering with a patella tendon injury which will also cause him to miss the Australian Open. Playing in Chennai to begin the 2012 campaign will be Serb No. 9 Janko Tipsarevic and No. 10 Nicolas Almagro of Spain.

    "Having started the previous five seasons at the Chennai Open, the city is a home away from home for me. Only an injury could have kept me away from the Chennai Open," Cilic said in a statement. "Thankfully, I am recovering well from the patella tendon injury and I'll surely be back next year."

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Hopefully it's nothing too serious. I hope Marin can make a move next year and surge into top ten or top fifteen, not much time to waste or to procrastinate. The likes of Tomic and Raonic may be catching up soon.

luckystar , 12/17/11 5:49 PM


When I read the news I knew that you would be concerned. I know how you like Cilic. It's always sad to see a young player have an injury like this. Hopefully, Cilic will recover from this and be back in action next year.

Nativenewyorker , 12/17/11 9:19 PM

Yep NNY. I thought Marin had built up a nice momentum at end of the year and would carry that over to 2012, but then....

It goes to show that any player can get injured during the season, and not just Rafa, whose injury(ies) is/are always being brought up against him, against his style of play in particular. I see Rafa didn't take any injury break during this past season, good for him. Niggles here and there are unavoidable; Fed took long break after the USO to heal his body from some minor injuries; Murray also injured himself during the last part of the season, not to mention Nole with his kind of season. Tsonga, Berdych had their shoulder issues that they had to retire from matches; Delpo too; Sod was ill with mono; the most hard working man Ferrer also had to skip Rome to heal his body; etc and etc.

luckystar , 12/18/11 1:00 AM

Hope he recovers soon. Such a shame to be sidelined at the beginning of the season.

nadline , 12/18/11 10:06 AM

I'm glad Marin's recovering well and hope he's playing by the time IW rolls around. He had a promising 2010 if I remember right. Maybe the even number years will be lucky for Marin as well as Rafa.

Maya , 12/20/11 4:23 AM

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