GRAND SLAM SUCCESS, DAVIS CUP TITLE
Croatia have done even better in tennis than football. In 2005, they won the Devis cup, the team competition, which features 160 counties and could be considered the World cup of tennis. They also finished runners-up in 2016.
Goran Ivanisevic ( left) was their first big tennis star and won the men’s singles title at Wimbledon in 2001, scripting a fairytale ending as a wild card entrant. Iva Majoli was the first to achieve Grand Slam singles success for Croatia when she stunned Martina Hingis to win the women’s singles title at the French Open in 1997. Current star Marin Cilic clinched men’s singles crown at the US Open in 2014.
In doubles, Mate Pavic is their most decorated tennis player, winning as many as three Grand Slam men’s doubles titles. He also holds the distinction of becoming the first player from Croatia to rise to No 1 in ATP rankings.
Sice declaring independence from Yugoslavia in 1991, Croatia has won 11 gold, 10 silver and 12 bronze medals in seven summer Olympics. Besides tennis, handball and water polo, their sportspersons have dove well in weightlifting, athletics, shooting, and rowing. Croatia are placed 49th in the all-time medals table for Summer Olympic Games.
Compiled from Online Sources