Osijek sets the world stage for the Davis Cup in 2 weeks
Croatian National Tennis team is ready to go head to head against Spain in less than 2 weeks away. Starting Friday February the 3rd to the 5th the game will be held at “Dvorana Gradskom vrtu”( English City Hall Garden Gymnasium) located right beside Osijek Soccer Stadium for NK Osijek. The tickets were release last week with 5,000 tickets up for grabs, as price started at 150 and 200 kunas. It did not take long for tickets to sell out with such a great line up of stars from both countries. International media coverage will once again be focused on Osijek as the Croatia National team faces Spain. History once again is being made as the last time the Davis Cup was in 1997 that is 20 years ago. Croatia was up against Morocco at the time and the rest was history.
Croatia is currently ranked 3rd in the world for the tennis according to the Davis Cup tennis web site.
The top 12 in the International rankings as of Nov 28 2016.
To see more go to http://www.daviscup.com/en/rankings/current-rankings.aspx
This past week on site at the press conference was President HTS Franjo Luković, CEO Miroslav Zečić and mayor Ivanom Vrkićem and Vladimirom Šišljagićem. There was a lot to be said for this match that is just around the corner. The energy from Osijek has been incredible with many fans looking forward to the great event.
"We are very pleased that the Davis Cup again be in Slavonia. In this area there are many tennis enthusiasts, individuals and clubs, not only in Osijek but in the whole region. For years, the great desire of Osijek and tennis fans even in Slavonia to host our team and will now be realized. Slavonia often bypassed significant and sporting events, and this is another reason why the HTS decided to give household Osijek against so attractive opponents, "said the president of the Croatian tennis association Franjo Luković and thanked all cities who applied for the competition for the organization of this prestigious sports event (source translated from www.osijek03.com[i])
The Croatian team will be led by Marin Čilić who has accomplished a career-high singles ranking is world No. 6 (Achieved in November 2016) In his history he has accomplished a lot, notably winning the 2014 US opening. Ironically it was 20 years ago that Goran Ivanisevic was one of star players for the national team and has since retired in history as number 2 player in the world. Everything in Croatia history of tennis has come to a full circle as he was coaching Marin Čilić last year.
The Croatian fans are in for a treat with stellar players Borna, Coric,Mate Pavic and Marin Dragaja. Along with some of the world’s best players to make it a fierce match. Rafael Nadal will be here in Osijek as one there key players from Spain. The adrenaline and media circuit is starting as everyone will be talking about this event to come.
For more information about the event or organization of Davis Cup in Osijek
The official site for Croatian Tennis Association www.hts.hr