It can be nearly endless situations that Borna Coric has came across this year, but here are five that most likely will remain on his mind and shape his new season to come: 1) Days ago two tennis fans wanted to see a live match at the Erste Open in Vienna but wasn’t too proud to tell of their plight saying on Twitter that “Me and my friend are crazy about tennis but can’t afford it…Would be so grateful.
After asking eight tennis affiliates, Borna Coric was the only one that responded saying: “I will leave you two tickets for Friday…just tell me to whose name. They will wait for you on the will call, don’t forget your ID”.
Reaching out and helping someone in need adding to their happiness at seeing a live match meant everything not only to the two tennis fans, but to Coric, despite having to retire with an injury in his match to Kevin Anderson at the quarterfinals.
2) During the Vienna tournament, Coric was a set down and became frustrated when he started to break up his rackets during the opening set of the Erste Open. He later came back to defeat Spain’s Albert Ramos-Vinolas 6-7, 6-0, 6-4 and made it to the round of 16.
He felt bad concerning his actions and apologized to the Vienna Director Herwig Straka for the smash up saying simply: “I’m very sorry for thrashing my racket”. He was forgiven and got back into control to win the match.
It was most likely be a lesson learned in the future, to defuse the situation as soon as possible and keep going. 3) Coric defeats Roger Federer in Shanghai’s semifinal in straight sets, 6-4, 6-4 to make it to the final.
This win put the Croatian into his first Masters 1000 in his career and says that “It was one of the best matches of my life…Today, really, I just came on the court with absolutely no pressure. I basically didn’t care, and that’s why I played so good”.
It was also significant for Coric that he was able to stop him from his continuum of defending his championship from last year. I few weeks before that he had won over Federer again at Halle, winning the title. These wins gave Coric the spirit and self-confidence to go on with tournaments hopeful of being victorious not only some opponents but high ranking ones, too.
4) The Croatian had to withdraw in July from the Plava Laguna Croatia Open, at his hometown due to a neck injury. He hated to not participate and waited till the last minute but was unfortunately not able to play as he said “I am truly sorry I won’t be able to play.
This is my favorite week of the year….I was planning on doing well here…the pain is too severe”. The only thing that helped the injury was laser therapy performed under a high frequency. Learning about such treatment was great for Coric to know so that if other injuries developed he might consider this type of therapy.
5) He’s learning about being more successful and raising his rankings in going deep at tournaments and being victorious over high ranked players. Coric had started off this season with a rankings not even in the 30s and now he is ranked no.
13. “I think the momentum is up, definitely”, the Croatian had expressed in the Spring and has made significant progress since then. In January he reached the quarters at the Qatar Open defeating Pablo Carreno Busta.
He’s moved on to beat Richard Gasquet, Roger Federer twice, Alexander Zverev, Denis Shapovalov, Novak Djokovic and Stan Wawrinka to say the least. This has been a good year for Borna Coric and he knows with playing, staying healthy and being consistent he can make the new 2019 season just as prosperous financially and professionally.