PLAYER NEWS 2013
Baghdatis To Work With Krajan
by ATP Staff|
Former World No. 8 Marcos Baghdatis has begun working with Croatian coach Zeljko Krajan on a trial basis until Wimbledon.aspx">Wimbledon. The Cypriot ended his existing relationship with Yiannos Hadjigeorgiou last week, citing the limited training opportunities in his home country.
Struggling to find his top form in 2013, Baghdatis turned to former World No. 3 Ivan Ljubicic for advice on where to turn next. The Croatian recommended his countryman, Krajan, who is from the same city in Croatia as Baghdatis’ wife, WTA player Karolina Sprem.
“I chose [Krajan] because I called Ljubicic; I wanted advice from a guy who played tennis before and knows the sport a lot,” explained Baghdatis. “I want to find something and then stick to it. It's not good that I change coaches all the time; I need stability. I asked Ivan if he can help me out and we thought about him. He's from the same city as Karolina, which helps when I'm back home in Croatia.
“We’re on trial until Wimbledon. He has worked a lot with the women’s tour, but he was Top 100 before on the ATP World Tour, so I think he has a lot to offer. He’s the Croatia Davis Cup coach as well. I think he can help me a lot.”
Baghdatis was knocked out by Grigor Dimitrov in the first round of the Internazionali BNL d’Italia on Sunday, but remains in contention in the doubles with Juan Martin del Potro.