Showing posts with label Mario Ancic. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Mario Ancic. Show all posts

Wednesday, February 23, 2011

Mario Ancic retires from professional tennis

Mario Ancic retires from professional tennis

Mario Ancic has retire from professional tennis and today he will give a press conference in his hometown of Split, Croatia, to make the official announcement.

Ancic, who was as high as number 7 in the ATP Tour rankings, has battled illness, shoulder problems, and a back injury that forced him to take this decision.

“It would not be me out there anymore. I knew I would never be 100 per cent fit again, and there was no real answer to it. It would have required a pretty serious operation even for me to have a chance to recover and I would never have been guaranteed a full motion again.

“On Wednesday I will do a formal press conference at my home club in Split. I have had to be fair with myself. My mind was fine but my body couldn’t compete and the way tennis is today, well I have to be sensible about it. I tried everything I knew to come back, but I couldn’t do it.”

On April 2008 he earned a law degree from the University of Split. His thesis was entitled "ATP Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow," describing the ATP's legal foundation and organization.

Rumors says that he is now working in a law firm.



Source ATP

Monday, August 9, 2010

Karlovic and Ancic out of US Open

Karlovic and Ancic pull out of US Open

Ivo Karlovic and Mario Ancic announced that they are pulling out of the 2010 U.S. Open because of injuries.

Karlovic had surgery on his left Achilles’ tendon and hasn’t played since the Madrid Masters in May.

Ancic, currently ranked 469th, has a back injury and will be skipping a seventh straight major championship.

Dustin Brown and Tobias Kamke move into the main draw.




Wednesday, June 9, 2010

Video: Mario Ancic ATP World Tour Uncovered

Video: Mario Ancic ATP World Tour Uncovered

In season 2, episode 22, ATP World Tour Uncovered profiles Croatian Mario Ancic, who makes his comeback after dealing with numerous health-related setbacks over the past few years.

Tuesday, March 16, 2010

Rafael Nadal beats Ancic to advance at Indian Wells 2010

Rafael Nadal beats Ancic to advance at Indian Wells 2010
Rafael Nadal beats Ancic to advance at Indian Wells 2010

Rafael Nadal defeated Mario Ancic 6-2, 6-2, in the third round of the BNP Paribas Open in Indian wells.

Nadal lost just one first-serve point and never faced a break point in beating Ancic for the fourth time in five meetings. The Spaniard kept the rallies brief, with many not lasting more than five strokes.

Nadal wore a pair of brown-and-white shorts with a lattice-type pattern and a white shirt with pink highlights.

“It’s more different than usual. That’s the thing, no?” he said about his shorts. “It was a little bit fashion for me. Is too much, a little bit for me, but going to be for this tournament.”

“The serve was important, but more important was my rhythm from the baseline,” Rafa said. “I lost only a few points because I didn’t have mistakes, only seven unforced errors in two sets and 29 winners, that’s very good statistics.”

"I played at a very good level and it was a comfortable victory," said Nadal."I started the match playing well. Later, when I played in favor of the wind, it was very difficult for me with the backhand because I felt it if I only touch the ball, the ball was out, went too much. But it was a good start, with the conditions. I'm very happy."

“I am feeling confident,” said the World No. 3. “I need a bit length for a few months without a stop – that's winning matches, winning important matches – and after that everything is easier. But I am ready to do it.”

In the next round Rafael Nadal will play against John Isner, who beat Sam Querrey.

Isner said about playing Nadal for the first time: “As my ranking and my playing continues to improve, hopefully I'll see him more in a tournament like this. I think I can give him a run for his money.”

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Photo by Matthew Stockman/Getty Images

Saturday, July 25, 2009

Nalbandian and Ancic pull out of U.S. Open

Nalbandian and Ancic pull out of U.S. Open

David Nalbandian and Mario Ancic have withdrawn from the U.S. Open.

The United States Tennis Association said Friday that the 15th-ranked Nalbandian is recovering from hip surgery and the 90th-ranked Ancic is battling mononucleosis.

Ivan Navarro and Karol Beck will replace Nalbandian and Ancic in the main draw of the Grand Slam tournament that runs from Aug. 31 to Sept. 13.

Thursday, June 4, 2009

Mario Ancic out of WImbledon and Davis Cup

Mario Ancic out of WImbledon and Davis Cup
Mario Ancic out of WImbledon and Davis Cup

Mario Ancic has confirmed he has withdrawn from Wimbledon and the Davis Cup tie against USA due to illness.

Ancic has still not regained full fitness having been struck down with mononucleosis two years ago and has now opted to take a break from the game.

Ancic, who wasn't able to play at the French Open, will now also miss Wimbledon and admits he is unsure when he will return to action.

"Don't ask me when I'll return, because I don't even know the answer myself. Health is most important. I have to listen to my body. The fact that I cancelled my favourite tournament (Wimbledon) and an important match with Americans, tells it all about the seriousness of the situation.". said Mario Ancic.

Information from SkySports

Thursday, May 21, 2009

Mario Ancic pulls out of French Open

Mario Ancic pulls out of French Open
Mario Ancic pulls out of French Open

Mario Ancic won't be able to play at the French Open this year because of lack of fitness he announced today.

Ancic, the world number 38, has missed 16 of the past 28 months with mononucleosis and a shoulder problem and was beaten in the first round of the ATP event in Kitzbuhel after making it past the qualifing rounds.

"I'm still not completely ready. My physical performances are still not at a good enough level, at least not for Roland Garros, where matches can stretch to five sets." Mario Ancic said.

Tuesday, March 24, 2009

Mario Ancic to speak at Harvard

Mario Ancic
Mario Ancic to speak at Harvard

Mario Ancic will speak at Harvard Law School on Thursday confirmed his agent at IMG, Olivier van Lindonk.

Ancic, a former top-ten ranked player, received his law degree last April from the University of Split in his home country of Croatia.
Ancic is currently ranked #29 in the world, and has come back from a serious bout with mono that kept him out play for the majority of 2007.

At Harvard, Ancic will talk to the students about his experiences in law school, the legal side of the ATP Tour, his personal endoresement contracts, and general business in the world of tennis.

Thursday, March 12, 2009

Video: Gilles Simon practicing with Mario Ancic at Indian Wells

Video: Gilles Simon practicing with Mario Ancic at Indian Wells



Friday, March 6, 2009

Davis Cup: Ancic and Cilic give Croatia 2-0 lead over Chile

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Davis Cup: Ancic and Cilic give Croatia 2-0 lead over Chile

Mario Ancic and Marin Cilic gave Croatia a 2-0 lead over Chile in the opening singles round of the Davis Cup.

Ancic beat Nicolas Massu 6-3 6-3 7-6 while Cilic had no problem to make it past Paul Capdeville 6-1 6-2 6-1.

Ancic broke Massu in the fourth game of the opening set and never looked back, firing six aces and winning all his second-serve points to take the lead.

He produced more of the same in the second, breaking his opponent’s serve twice after being treated for toe blisters before coming back from 5-3 down in the third to take the tie-breaker 7-4 on his first match point.

“I served really well throughout the match, especially in the opening two sets. I had some problems in the third set because Massu raised his game and played very consistently but I am very pleased with my performance and I managed to stay calm when he tried to intimidate the umpire.” said Ancic.

During his match Mario served 16 aces and produced 46 winners.

Massu frequently complained to the umpire about line calls on the hardcourt surface, and was joined by Chile’s captain Hans Gildermeister.

“I knew they would keep complaining to the umpire, although it must be said that there were several bad calls on both ends,” Ancic said.

Cilic pummelled Capdeville with a barrage of powerful forehands and took only one hour 33 minutes to win the one-sided contest.

He converted seven of his 11 break points, fired 10 aces and produced several stinging backhand winners to delight the vociferous home crowd in the Zatika Arena.

“I was focused and determined not to give him the slightest chance to get into the match. It was an effervescent performance and we are now looking forward to Saturday’s doubles.” Cilic said.


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Davis Cup Photos Day 1: Croatia vs Chile

Davis Cup Photos Day 1: Croatia vs Chile

Croatia leads Chile 2-0 in the first round of the Davis Cup after day 1... Mario Ancic and Marin Cilic has no problems beating Nicolas Massu and Paul Capdeville today... Check out some pictures from their matches....


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Saturday, February 14, 2009

Andy Murray through to final in Rotterdam

Andy Murray through to final in Rotterdam
Andy Murray through to final in Rotterdam

Andy Murray defeated Mario Ancic 6-1 6-2 in the semifinal of the ABN Amro tournament in Rotterdam. Now the Scott is waiting for the winner of the match between Rafael Nadal and Gael Monfils to find out who he is going to play in the final.

Despite nursing a minor injury to his right foot, Murray beat Ancic. who is a two-time ABN Amro champion, in just over an hour. He broke the Croat’s serve in the second game of the first set and first game of the second.

“It felt uncomfortable 20 minutes after yesterday’s quarter-final. I hope it will not be a problem for the final. It didn’t bother me today as I played really well. The physiotherapist examined my ankle but could not find any damage." Murray said.

“It is part of the reason I won’t play in Marseille next week. I now will try getting my ankle better coming week and preparing for hard-court tournaments to come.”

“I hope I end up facing Rafael Nadal in the final. Our matches are usually guaranteed to be a spectacle.” Murray said.

Photo by Hamish Blair/Getty Images

Friday, February 13, 2009

Ancic beats Youzhny to reach semifinals

Mario Ancic
Ancic beats Youzhny to reach semifinals

Mario Ancic continued his good run of form by reaching the semi-finals at the ABN AMRO World Tennis Tournament in Rotterdam after defeating Mikhail Youzhny 6-4, 6-2.

Ancic broke once in the seventh game of the first set to assume a one-set lead and two breaks in the first and fifth games of the second set sufficed for him to claim victory after one hour and 40 minutes.

The right-hander served nine aces and saved all seven break points he faced in the pair’s second encounter.

In the semifinals he will meet Andy Murray who defeated Marc Gicquel whne Marc was forced to retired at 7-6(2), 4-6, 3-0.

AP Photo by ERMINDO ARMINO

Sunday, February 8, 2009

Cilic beats Ancic, wins PBZ Zagreb Indoors Title

Marin Cilic beats Ancic, wins PBZ Zagreb Indoors Title
Cilic beats Ancic, wins PBZ Zagreb Indoors Title

Marin Cilic defeated Mario Ancic 6-3 6-4 to claim his second title of 2009 at the PBZ Zagreb Indoors.

"I achieved my dream. I'm glad I kept my maximum performance in the finals, which will boost my confidence next time I reach the finals." Cilic said.

During the first set Marin Cilic needed to save 7 break poinst to be able to take a 5-1 lead before Ancic finally secured a break of serve to stay alive. Cilic, though, served it out in the ninth game, then broke serve to start the second set.

Ancic broke back soon after and opened a 4-3 lead, but Cilic captured the final three games to finish the match in just over 90 minutes.

It was the 11th career final for Ancic, who fell to 3-8 in title matches and hasn't won an ATP crown since 2006 in St. Petersburg.

Ancic converted only two of his 12 break points in the match, while Cilic was four of six.



Saturday, February 7, 2009

Mario Ancic reached Zagreb Final

Mario Ancic
Mario Ancic reached Zagreb Final

Mario Ancic beat Jan Hernych 6-7 6-3 7-6 after saving 3 match points to reach the final at the PBZ Zagreb Indoors where he will face his countryman, Marin Cilic.

“I think that’s just fantastic,” Ancic said about this being the first final between Croats in Zagreb.

Ancic needed more than three hours to defeat Hernych, who served for the match at 5-3 in the third set, but Ancic broke and they went to a tiebreaker.
Hernych had match points at 6-4 and 7-6, but Ancic saved them all, finally converting his third match point at 10-9.

Cilic had an easier time against Troicki, winning 6-2 7-5 and he is yet to drop a set in the tournament.

“When I won the fifth game of the first set and made a break, everything turned fine,” Cilic said.

Photo by Quinn Rooney/Getty Images

Friday, February 6, 2009

Cilic and Ancic reached semifinals at PBZ Zagreb Indoors

Cilic and Ancic reached semifinals at PBZ Zagreb Indoors

Marin Cilic beat Antonio Veic 6-2 7-6 while Mario Ancic defeated Ivan Dodig 6-1 6-3.
Both Croats reached the semifinals at the Zagreb Indoors, keeping alive the possibility of a homegrown final.

Viktor Troicki defeated Sergiy Stakhovsky, defending champion, 6-3 6-2 and Jan Hernych advanced when Mischa Zverev was forced to retire due to breathing problems during their first set.

Ancic will play Hernych, while Cilic takes on Troicki in the semifinals.


Tuesday, January 6, 2009

Photos: Brisbane International Tuesday 1/6

Photos: Brisbane International Tuesday 1/6

We have tons of pictures for you from the Brisbane International... From Jo-Wilfriend Tsonga, to Richard Gasquet, Amer Delic, Marion Ancic, Kei Nishikori and other...


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