It is amazing what 365 days can do for one’s career. This time last year, Marin Cilic, was suspended for 9 months due to a doping violation. That 9 month suspension would later be decreased to 4 months, but it still left a stain on a potential bright career.
Cilic, tested positive for a substance known as nikeathamide, a stimulant which is banned by the I.F.T. Cilic would later quote, “I wish to emphasize, that I have never knowingly or deliberately taken any banned substance in my life and that I am opposed to any use of performance-enhancing substances in sport.”
Maybe that break worked out for the best. Recently Cilic was asked what if that break may have been a blessing in disguise.
Q. You’re talking about the physicality of your game and it improving. I’m wondering if that break at the end of last year and having to be home, was it an intense training block in a lot of ways to catch up, get faster, stronger, maybe a blessing in disguise?
MARIN CILIC: Absolutely. Yeah, I had maybe seven or ten days off in four, four-and-a-half months, and I was working all the time. That, you know, helped me to build up my strength and to also heal some of the injuries I had before with my knee. Now I’m feeling really good on the court. So I used that time, you know, the best I could. It’s paying off.
The 25 year old, Cilic, is now a Grand Slam Champion. What an amazing ride the last year has been for the Croatian.