The Rio Open presented by Claro has its second commitment for the 2020 edition: Croatian Borna Coric, one of the best names of ATP’s new generation. The biggest tennis tournament in South America takes place at the Jockey Club Brasileiro in February 15-23. Besides Coric, World No.5 Dominic Thiem is set to return to the Rio Open.
World No.25, Coric was recently the 12th best player of the ATP, in August 2019. The Croat has won two ATP titles, in the clay of Marrakech (2017) and in the grass of Halle (2018), where he beat Roger Federer in the finals. He has won a Davis Cup title as well.
In addition to his two wins against Federer, Coric has also beaten Rafael Nadal twice. A great player since juniors, when he led the rankings and won the US Open (2013), Coric faced serious injuries on his knee and back in the moments he was close to breaking the top 10.
“It is going to be really special to play at the Rio Open for the first time. I have played a Davis Cup tie and the Olympics in Brazil and I wanted to return. It’s going to be a good test on the clay for me, against players who are used to the South American swing. I’m looking forward to facing that challenge”, said Coric.
The complete line-up of the Rio Open will be revealed in January, when the entry list is closed. “It’s always really nice to have a new player in the tournament and this year we’ll have Coric, a player who has been earning his space on the tour and who is a warrior on the court. It’s another great opportunity for the fans to be able to see another promising player”, said Luiz Carvalho, Tournament Director.