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[EXCLUSIVE VIDEO] Borna Coric: “My Dream Is To Win Wimbledon Beating Federer”

Chief Editor Ubaldo Scanagatta chats with Croatian player Borna Coric about the lockdown, tennis’ immediate future, his past coaches and his Wimbledon dream

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01:35 – How did you spend the lockdown?

As soon as the pandemic started, I went to Split, renting a house in the woods where I set up my own gym. I worked physically for five weeks, playing tennis only a couple of times. Then I took a week off and I went to Zadar, about two hours away from my house in Zagreb, and I had a two-week tennis camp.

04:26 – Do you keep in touch with other players in this uncertain period?

I talk to a couple of guys, I discussed with them about the ideas being proposed of having the Cincinnati tournament in New York. I don’t know what to expect, there’s not much I can do about it. I try not to worry about it, it would be a waste of time to think about it too much. I am ready to play, the new rules will be tough, I have not made up my mind about whether it would be good to go to New York. It will not be perfect this year, it will be tough to play without fans, but if we have a chance to play a few tournaments maybe we should do it.

08:18 – Will Federer 2021 be a repeat of Federer 2017?

We have been saying he’s too old for 10 years. So until he says he stops playing tennis I will never count him out.

09:27 – How did you keep in touch with your team during the pandemic?

My physio and fitness coach were with me in Split, and I met with my coach Martin Stepanek in Zadar after I had not seen him since Indian Wells.

10:26 – You have changed quite a few coaches throughout your career. What would you say the reason is?

With some of them, it had nothing to do with me. I didn’t want to say the reason publicly and I believe that may have been a mistake. Some of them had family issues, with others we were not agreeing on what to do with my tennis. I am definitely not an easy person to work with, I always look for perfection.
One of the main reasons I split with Riccardo Piatti was his commitment to other players so that he could not concentrate on me. There were other reasons I don’t want to disclose, but he helped me a lot in my career, and it was great for me to be in Bordighera, away from the distractions I have in Zagreb.

14:45 – What do you think of Sinner? What are your thoughts about him?

The first time I saw him in 2018 I thought he was average, but then the last time I played with him in April 2019 he had made huge progress, with a big game, big shots. In modern tennis it is very important to have weapons and he has big weapons.

16:24 – You were the youngest player in the Top 100 in 2014, the youngest player in Top 50 in 2015, then you started to have physical problems

Yes, I stayed between 35 and 50 for almost three years. I am a great example of a kid who did not improve his game. I did not train well, my focus was not where it needed to be. Those very early results distracted me, I got too relaxed, thinking everything would come automatically. Sinner has a great team around him that can keep him grounded and make him improve.

19:13 – How high a priority is for you to represent Croatia in team competitions and at the Olympics?

I do not have plans to make a special preparation for the Olympics, for us the season is very long. I would not play the week before the Games as “preparation” but for us it is not for the guys running the 400 meters.

21:17 – When you were excluded from the Davis Cup team for the final in Zagreb in 2016, was it the saddest moment of your career?

For sure it was. I was not happy about many of the things that happened in that final. I felt I deserved to be in the team – I was injured, so maybe I was not good enough to play, but I should have been in the team.
But winning the Davis Cup final in 2018 was the happiest moment, even more than beating Federer twice. When I was playing Roger I was playing for myself, while in Davis Cup I was representing my country and everybody was behind me.

27:05 – It feels that in tennis Serbian and Croatian players are quite good friends on tour despite all that’s happened in the past. Is it true?

Absolutely! One of my best friends on tour Filip Krajinovic, is Serbian. I speak to him once a week I will go to his place in Belgrad to train for a week on 15 July. I am aware of the past, I know there are a lot of people who still think about it and cannot forget about it. But I spend time with some of the Serbian guys, I think they are great guys, I hope they think the same of me.

29:01 – How difficult is it for you to switch from one surface to another?

It’s easy to switch from hard to clay, it’s a lot tougher to switch from clay to hard, it takes about two weeks. It’s difficult to say anything about grass because sometimes I feel very good, sometimes I feel very bad.

36:03 – What is the tournament you would like to win the most, and beating whom in the final?

Wimbledon beating Roger in the final. Maybe next year.

37:04 – Do you think it’s easier we will play in Europe in 2020 rather than in the USA?

I heard many options, but I will use this time for myself, to do the things I never get the chance to do. I have not read any email about this topic, because I will know within an hour anyway. I don’t want to think about this because it will bother me. I want to spend this time enjoying summer in Croatia, which I never get to do. Weather has not been great yet, but in 15 days it will get better, the sea will get warmer, people will come to the beach.

39:50 – What is your favourite beach in Croatia?

I love Zadar because it is partly my own town. There is a very calm beach, it’s for older people, you would enjoy it Ubaldo…
But if you go to Split, Hvar, Dubrovnik, that’s more lively: parties, girls, etc…

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Ubitennis Photographer Roberto Dell’Olivo Awarded in Monte Carlo

Every year the Monte-Carlo tournament awards the best photographers. First prize for Ubitennis’ Roberto Dell’Olivo thanks to his artistic eye

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Alain Manigley and Roberto Dell'Olivo during the award ceremony - Monte Carlo 2022

Every year during the Rolex Monte-Carlo Masters the tournament holds a small award ceremony to acknowledge the best pictures taken by credentialed photographers during the previous edition of the event. This year the best photos from the 2019 tournament were awarded since the 2020 edition had to be cancelled due to the COVID-19 pandemic and the 2021 edition took place behind closed doors.

 

Ubitennis’ photographer Roberto Dell’Olivo was already acknowledged in 2018 for his work during the week in Monaco, but this year he received an even more prestigious accolade. In fact, he has been awarded the ex-aequo first prize in the photographic contest, chosen among all the photographers credentialed at the tournament.

The ceremony was officiated by Alain Manigley, President and CEO of SMETT (Société Monégasque pour l’Exploitation du Tournoi de Tennis), the company in charge of the commercial development of the Rolex Monte-Carlo Masters. Roberto Dell’Olivo has been taking pictures at professional tennis tournaments around the world for several years: from the Australian Open to Roland Garros, from Wimbledon to Paris-Bercy, he has become a stable presence at the most important tennis events around the world.

Ubitennis wants to congratulate Roberto on this important achievement, thanking him for the coverage of his fifth Rolex Monte-Carlo Masters and wishing him the best of luck for the rest of the season.

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[VIDEO] Merry Christmas from Ubitennis!

Our CEO Ubaldo Scanagatta sends his greetings to all the readers of ubitennis.net

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From everybody at ubitennis.net, we want to send to our readers our Christmas greetings: thank you for your ever-growing support! Here’s a message from the website’s CEO, Ubaldo Scanagatta:

 

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“We Hope to Convince Federer to Play”: the Presentation of the 2022 Rolex Monte-Carlo Masters

Director Zeljko Franulovic talked about next year’s tournament, scheduled from April 9-17

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Stefanos Tsitsipas - ATP Montecarlo 2021 (ph. Agence Carte Blanche / Réalis)

The 2022 Rolex Monte-Carlo Masters will take place from April 9-17, so it’s difficult to guess what the pandemic situation will be in six months. At the moment, however, the prevalent hypothesis is that all spectators will need a Covid Pass or to bring proof of a negative test before being allowed in the Montecarlo Country Club at Roquebrune, France. If some players will refuse the vaccine, then they will need to be tested regularly in accordance to the rules devised by the French government.

 

Other than that, there will be no surprises when it comes to the event’s logistics, since the Country Club has already added a new players lounge and a new press room in the past few years. In 2020 the tournament was cancelled, while in 2021 it took place behind closed doors (while still being televised in 113 countries); the last edition staged with a crowd, in 2019, sold 130,000 tickets, constituting 30% of the total revenue – another 30% came from the sponsors, 30% from media rights (a number that tournament director Zeljko Franulovic hopes to see increase) and 10% from merchandising.

While it’s early days to know whether the tournament will operate at full capacity, Franulovic has made it clear that the organisers are already planning to provide a better covering for the No.2 Court, whose roof has not been at all effective in the past in the event of rain.

The tournament’s tickets can be bought on the official website of the event, but Franulovic has already vowed to reimburse immediately every ticket “if the government and the health authorities should decide to reduce the tournament’s capacity.”

Ticket prices have increased by 2 to 3 percent as compared to 2019, ranging from £25-50 for the qualifiers weekend, £32-75 for the opening rounds, £…-130 for the quarterfinals and semifinals, £65-150 for the final, £360-1250 for a nine-day tickets. Franulovic claims that the prices are in line with those of the other Masters 1000 tournaments.

Finally, Franulovic supports Andrea Gaudenzi’s decision to create a fixed prize money for the next decade. While tournaments like Madrid and Rome are trying to increase their duration from 8 to 12 days, the Monte-Carlo director has claimed that he prefers to remain a week-long event, especially because his is not a combined tournament. As for the players who will feature, Franulovic hopes to convince Roger Federer to participate: “I’m certain that he will give everything he has to be able to stage another comeback on the tour, ma no one knows where he’ll play. However, I think that on the clay he should opt for best-of-three events like Monte-Carlo and Rome rather than the French Open.”

For this and more information, you can watch the video above.

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