Tour structure and tennis in Florida

The structure of the ATP and WTA tours works on a graduated system, with some tournaments being worth more than others. Let’s briefly discuss this system (I promise, there is a point to this), as we get down to the topic of today’s article: tennis in Florida! The top level of the system is the Grand Slams, unsurprisingly. They are worth the most points toward a player’s ranking...
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Marin Cilic wins Delray Beach Open

Croatia's Marin Cilic won the Delray Beach Open on Sunday for his 11th ATP World Tour title and second in three weeks, beating Kevin Anderson 7-6 (6), 6-7 (7), 6-4 in 3 hours, 8 minutes. Cilic leads the tour with 18 match wins this season. He won two weeks ago in Zagreb and was second last week in Rotterdam. Top-ranked Bob and Mike Bryan won the doubles final, beating Frantisek...
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February 23, 2014  |  Discuss

Cilic, Anderson advance to Delray Beach final

Marin Cilic continued his mastery against American players, beating John Isner 7-6 (5), 6-3 to advance to the finals of the Delray Beach Open. The victory was Cilic's 21st straight against American opponents dating to 2008. The seventh-seeded Croat has reached three straight finals for the first time in his career. He beat Tommy Haas to win at Zagreb earlier this month, and...
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February 22, 2014  |  Discuss

Defending champ Cilic reaches Zagreb Indoors quarterfinals

Defending champion Marin Cilic of Croatia was first through to the Zagreb Indoors quarterfinals by beating Dusan Lajovic of Serbia 6-4, 7-5 on Wednesday. Fifth-seeded Cilic converted only three out of 10 break points, two of them Lajovic double-faults. Cilic improved to a 16-1 record in his last five attempts here, winning titles in 2009, 2010 and 2013. Earlier, Dudi Sela of Israel...
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February 05, 2014  |  Discuss

Back From Doping Ban, Marin Cilic Happy as “a kid playing for the first time,” after Opening Win at Paris Masters

(October 28, 2013) Marin Cilic returned to the ATP Tour on Monday following a four month ban due to doping. He was originally supposed to be banned for nine months after the international Tennis Federation said he failed a test for the banned stimulant nikethamide. The Croatian was joyous after his first round win at the Paris Masters on Monday stopping Igor Sijsling 5-7, 6-1, 6...
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October 28, 2013  |  Discuss

Marin Cilic’s Doping Ban Reduced; Back on Tour Next Week

  (October 25, 2013)  Marin Cilic’s doping ban has been reduced from nine months to four. This will allow Cilic to return to the tour next week to play the Paris Masters.   The 25-year-old Croatian whose ranking once peaked at No. 9 in the world, tested positive for nikethamide in May at an event in Munich. Cilic challenged the ban citing that he did not mean to take the substance...
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October 25, 2013  |  Discuss

Cilic suspended 9 months for doping violation

Former top-10 player Marin Cilic has been suspended nine months for a doping violation. The International Tennis Federation said Monday that the suspension was back-dated to May 1, so Cilic will be able to return to the circuit Jan. 31. Cilic tested positive for nikethamide, a stimulant, in Munich. The ITF says an independent tribunal found that Cilic ingested the stimulant inadvertently...
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September 16, 2013  |  Discuss

Cilic becomes first Croatian to Win Croatia Open in 22 years

  Marin Cilic became the first Croatian to win the Croatia Open in 22 years, defeating Marcel Granollers of Spain 6-4, 6-2 in Umag. “It’s a real privilege to be among these champions,” said Cilic. “It was really special this week. I played great tennis and I was enjoying every moment in my matches. I’m really glad I won for my supporters, my team and myself.” Down 2...
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July 15, 2012  |  Discuss

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