Croatian tennis player Marin Cilic is looking for his elusive second Grand Slam victory and he’s one step closer to getting it at the 2017 Wimbledon tournament. Cilic is now in the semifinals after he beat Luxembourg’s Gilles Muller. Although he hasn’t won a Grand Slam since 2014, he’s still worth millions.
The 28-year-old Cilic turned pro in 2005, and won the 2014 US Open. Before the 2017 Wimbledon, his best finish at the tournament was the fourth round in 2008 and 2012. His best finish at the Australian Open was the semifinals in 2010. His best finish at the French Open was the quarterfinals in 2017. Cilic is ranked sixth in the world.
Cilic is dating his longtime girlfriend, Kristina Milkovic.
Here’s a look at Cilic’s career earnings and what he’s done with his money.
1. Cilic Has Earned $18.1 Million In His Career so Far
Since turning pro, Cilic has earned $18,141,309 from singles and doubles tournaments, according to his ATP World Tour profile. He’s won 17 titles in his career, including one in 2017 already. He won the Istanbul Open title in May.
Cilic, who earned the nickname “Chila” from his friends, was born in Medjugorje, Bosnia and Herzegovina. The Age reports that Cilic lived in Medjugorie until he was 14, when he moved to Zagreb, the capital of Croatia, in the hopes of further developing his tennis skills.
While in Zagreb, he met his idol, fellow Croatian player Goran Ivanišević. Now retired, Ivanišević introduced Cilic to his first coach, Australian Bob Brett. In 2013, Ivanišević agreed to coach Cilic himself. Cilic’s current coach is Jonas Björkman.
Cilic’s parents are Zdenko and Koviljka Cilic. He has three brothers, Vinko, Goran and Mile.
2. Cilic Won the 2016 Arthur Ashe Humanitarian Award After Establishing a Foundation to Help Children
In 2016, Cilic established the Marin Cilic Foundation. In November 2016, Cilic received the Arthur Ashe Humanitarian Award at the 2016 ATP World Tour Awards.
“This one [wasn’t for tennis] but I feel it’s the most prestigious one. It’s the one I’m going to value the most,” Cilic said in his acceptance speech. “It’s something that we all love to do… to give back to the community, especially to children.”
The goal of his charity is to help children get access to education and to work with other groups with the same goal. Cilic’s foundation also presents the Marin Cilic Trophy for young tennis players.
“The main focus is to try to help kids as much as we can,” Cilic said when he launched the foundation in June 2016. “I want to give something back and also give some opportunities for some people and some kids that don’t have as many possibilities to pursue their dreams.”
3. Cilic Has Had Sponsorships With Fila & Li-Ning Apparel
Cilic rejoined Fila in August 2016, Footwear News reported at the time.
“I spent many years at the beginning of my career with Fila, and I had such a nice relationship with the brand,” Cilic said in a statement last year. “It started when I was 16, and in the second week of my partnership with Fila, I won the French Open junior title. It was already a big sign of a successful and beautiful relationship.”
His shoe of choice is the Cage Delirium, which retails for $100.
4. Cilic Won $3 Million for Winning the 2014 US Open
Cilic took home $3 million when he surprisingly won the 2014 US Open, according to the tournament’s website. That year, the runners-up received $1.45 million, while the semifinalists received $730,000.
Thanks to his US Open win, Cilic had the third-most prize money on the ATP Tour in 2014, notes City AM. He earned $5.8 million that season. However, Novak Djokovic came in first with $8 million and Rafael Nadal earned $6.1 million (That year, Djokovic won Wimbledon and Nadal won the French Open.)
The 2016 US Open prize money was $3.5 million. Stan Wawrinka of Switzerland won, picking up his first US Open title.
5. Cilic Took Part in a Charity Exhibition in Monte Carlo With Djokovic & Dimitrov
In April, Cilic was among the pro tennis players who took part in a Monte Carlo charity exhibition at the Monte Carlo Country Club. Cilic’s current residence is listed as Monte Carlo on his ATP Tour profile.
Tennis Now reports that the other tennis stars to participate in the event included Novak Djokovic, Grigor Dimitrov and Alexander Zverev.
Proceeds from the event benefited AMADE Mondiale Monaco, which supports children worldwide in the spirit of the late Princess Grace Kelly’s own commitment to children.
The Monte Carlo Country Club also hosts the Monte-Carlo Rolex Masters, an event Rafael Nadal has won 10 times.
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