Is Croatian tennis on the rise?

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  1. Down_the_line

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    Last year, Canadian juniors Filip Peliwo and Eugenie Bouchard swept the boys and girls singles titles at Wimbledon. It signaled a rise in Canadian tennis, which we're already seeing come to fruition.

    This year, two Croatian juniors swept the boys and girls singles titles at the US Open: Borna Coric and Ana Konjuh. Could it have the same effect and give rise to Croatian tennis in the coming years? I know Croatia isn't exactly an obscure nation when it comes to tennis as we've seen some pretty good players come out of their program throughout the years (Ivanisevic, Ljubicic, Ancic, Cilic etc.) but they're not exactly a tennis giant either.

    Anybody from Croatia or familiar with the Croatian system care to comment? Is there something good in the water there?
     
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    Can the mods move this to the General section? I immediately realized I posted this in the wrong section.
     
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    Sorry for my ignorance. Is Goran playing any major role in Croatian tennis or development. He was the man who got the whole Croatian community watching tennis (beside football) in Australia!!!
     
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  4. Goosehead

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    King Coric is the future.

    Borna Coric vill von day dominate zee vorld..

    he is 16..his movement around the court is good already, as is his forehand, and a feathery touch at the net suggests top volley skills..

    he is 17 on nov 14th..so I say he can make the 2016 world tour finals, and win a major and be world no1 at around the same time..

    if he wins the 2016 u.s open he can be the first teenager to win a major since rafa/**** in 2005.
     
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    Would be cool to see this happen. Hopefully your prediction comes true.
     
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    keep an eye on Christian Garin from Chile, they could be The rivalry in the future
     
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    Croatia has definitely got a chance to move up & Borna is presently getting great experience in Davis Cup. Looks like Murray will take Dog down in the reverse singles but it would be really more fun if the 2 youngsters decided the tie!:twisted:

    BC's next realistic test will come against Evo, has got a great opportunity to play Davis Cup at 16.

    Croatia needs to build up a junior tournament structure. Both AK & BC are still juniors but they have not been developed or produced by Croatian tennis.

    There are lots of other boys just leaving juniors, Nick K. is playing DC
    dubs for Oz at 18 & he is a bit ahead of Borna in eyes.
     
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  8. Goosehead

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    yes Christian garin too, managed to catch a bit of one of his matches at vina del mar on livescorehunter back in Feb, when he won his first atp match,

    it was a poor link (screenfreeze) but garin like borna looks like he is going places.

    Garin is now 17, (b. may 1996) world rank is around 398.
     
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  9. PSNELKE

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    Donna Vekic, Ana Konjuh, Borna Coric?? Looks promising to me.

    Coric, Quinzi, Garin, Kozlov, Kyrgios. Those guys are the best juniors in my book.

    Keys, Townsed, Vekic, Konjuh, Black sisters(if they stop pushing), Bencic on the girls side.
     
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    already involved a bit with Rafa and Toni I believe...protege?..future RG king?
     
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    dr. ivo says no
     
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    Agreed (haven't seen Kozlov yet though), I'd add Kokkinakis as well. He's had some good results given the injuries he's already had.
     
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    I've seem Kozlov last year in action when he was 14. Great potential.
    Kokkinakis got potential as well, but he's extremely injury prone which is why I didn't add him to the list. Also there's one thing I really hate about him, he doesn't seem to be a fighter, he loves to lose matches being one set up.

    Still reaching two Junior GS finals this year is a great achievement for him considering his injuries. (AO lost to Kyrgios) (USO lost to Coric)
     
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    I think we should start a seperate thread for those upcoming teenagers to keep track about their progress.

    Quinzi, Kyrgios, Coric e.g already won several Futures titles on the Pro Tour and turned pro now. They decided to end their Juniors career after the US Open.

    What do you guys think??
     
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    I'd be really interested in that.
     
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    you never know how those young guys turn out. some junior slam winners become top players and some are not even making the top100.

    winning in the juniors shows that you are a good player but it is no guarantee that you will become a top20 player or even better someday.
     
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