A knee injury will keep Marin Cilic from playing Davis Cup in two weeks, but the 31-year-old says he's happy to have avoided surgery.
The Croatian described the previous year and a half as "mentally and physically" difficult due to his ongoing knee problems. He said it initially appeared he would need surgery but a recent ultrasound had been better than expected.
"The rehab work was successful enough that surgery is not necessary at this stage," he wrote on social media, but added, "I will need to undergo a few minor interventions which will keep me off the tennis court for a longer period and unfortunately means I will not be able to compete at the Davis Cup."
With the 2019 season finished, I wanted to share an update with you all. The last year and a half has been a real struggle mentally and physically for me. Even with all the preventive work and rehab my team and I did, my recurring knee injury has continued to give me problems, and as the season progressed it was becoming more evident that surgery was inevitable. I recently did an ultrasound and luckily the results were better than expected????????????????. The rehab work was successful enough that surgery is not necessary at this stage, however, I will need to undergo a few minor interventions which will keep me off the tennis court for a longer period and unfortunately means I will not be able to compete at the Davis Cup this month ????. I am extremely disappointed by this, but I believe in my teammates and will be their most devoted fan ????????. In the meantime, I will dedicate myself to getting back to form so that I can enter the 2020 season healthier, more prepared, and more motivated than ever. Thank you all for your constant support and I look forward to seeing you back on tour in 2020. ⠀ .⠀ .⠀ #teamCilic #iznadsvihhrvatska
Cilic, who won the 2014 US Open, endured a lackluster season and dropped from a career high of No. 3 in 2018 to No. 39 in the rankings. But he said he is "more motivated than ever" for next season.
Apart from Cilic and No. 28 Borna Coric, Croatia has no other singles players ranked inside the ATP's Top 100.