Carlos Alcaraz and Jannik Sinner will be competing in the ATP 250 tournament in Umag from July 25-31. The young Spaniard is currently competing at the Hamburg European Open, where he beat Nicola Kuhn in three sets to advance to the round of 16. He won his first ATP title in Croatia.
The South Tyrolean, who sprained his ankle while playing Novak Djokovic at Wimbledon, opted out of playing in Hamburg and instead took an extra week off. Sinner announced the forfeit on Instagram, writing, “After talking with my team, we decided it’s best to recover a little more from the small ankle sprain.”
Ivanisevic envisions a showdown between Sinner and Alcaraz in the finals.
When Goran Ivanisevic visits Croatia in a few weeks, he hopes to catch Sinner and Alcaraz in action at their Umag office. The winner of the 115th Championships would love nothing more than to face off against Sinner or Alcaraz in the finals.
“This could be the perfect ending. There’s a reason Umag is so successful: it has a unique past. We’re hosting a fantastic tournament, and there will be a ton of top-tier talent there. The quality of tennis that will be on display will undoubtedly be high “current Djokovic coach told the website gol.dnevnik.hr.
Mili Poljicak was awarded a “wild card” by the tournament’s organizers. The tennis player, who was born in 2004, became the third Croatian to win a junior men’s singles title at Wimbledon, following Marin Cilic (2005) and Borna Coric (2013).
Ivanisevic praised Poljicak for his outstanding performance. “I’m overjoyed that a tennis player from Split won the junior Wimbledon tournament. This is an incredible feat. I am crossing my fingers that he can achieve the same success on the major circuit.
There’s no doubt that he deserved to be the Umag wild card. In the past few months, he has made tremendous progress in his development. The first step is to be born in Split “Ivanisevic made a light-hearted remark about it. Nobody has probably tried to find out why so many famous athletes hail from Split, but it seems highly unlikely.