Former world No. 3 Marin Cilic has acknowledged that he has accomplished some notable things as he hopes that one day he will enter the Tennis Hall of Fame.
Cilic, now ranked at No. 37 in the world, captured silver medal with fellow Croatian Ivan Dodig at the Tokyo Olympics.
Last month, Cilic’s fellow compatriot former world No. 2 Goran Ivanisevic was inducted into the Tennis Hall of Fame.
“I don’t know. That will be decided by those people who make those decisions. Goran Ivanisevic deserved to make the Tennis Hall of Fame miuch earlier. Who knows, maybe that will happen to me as well. In this era that features Novak Djokovic, Rafael Nadal and Roger Federer I managed to win the US Open and achieve many other successes. I won the Davis Cup and I don’t want to stop there. I have completed my tennis story and now I can enjoy at tournaments,” Cilic said during his appearance on Nova TV, as quoted on Sport Klub.
Cilic proud of his Tokyo Olympics results
Cilic and Dodig lost to fellow Croatians Nikola Mektic and Mate Pavic in the Tokyo Olympics doubles fina.
“We are extremely proud to hold this medal,” Cilic said afterward, per the iTF website. “This is something that was missing in our trophy cabinet. Me and Ivan know each other from our early days, since we started tennis, so even to be here at the pinnacle of the sport, to play in a gold medal match at the Olympics, is a dream come true.
“It wasn’t our best day of the week, but we have to congratulate Nikola and Mate. We are still super proud, even though it’s a little bit of mixed emotions of being so close and not being able to hold the gold medal, but still we are extremely happy. We can’t describe how important this is going to be in looking back on our careers when we’re much older.”