Borna Coric Receives ATP Star of Tomorrow Award

November 12th at The O2 in London proved to be a big night for 17-year-old Borna Coric (VCORE Tour 97POLYTOUR SPIN), receiving the ATP World Tour’s Star of Tomorrow Award—an honour bestowed upon the youngest player ranked in the world’s top 100. An award ceremony was held on the Wednesday afternoon as part of the ATP World Tour Finals on a court in front of leagues of fans. “This is one of the biggest awards so I’m very happy to be here,” commented the world No. 89 tennis player on his award on the ATP website. “I beat a couple of Top 10, Top 20 guys so it was a great season for me, and I just hope I can improve a bit,” he continued, regarding his excellent performance. After the ceremony, reporters were eager to interview the young star, and Borna took questions for over two hours.

Borna has come a long way this season to get to where he is now. Beginning this season ranked outside of the top 300, he made a rapid climb up the ranks and reached the top 100 on October 27th. His accomplishments this year include reaching the quarterfinals at his home tournament Vegeta Croatia Open Umag, winning his first Challenger title in Turkey, and making his Grand Slam debut at the US Open. The crowning moment of his 2014 season and the finest moment of his career so far was his match against world No. 3 Rafael Nadal. The young Croatian player beat  the Spaniard in straight sets at Swiss Indoors Basel, reaching the semifinals at that same tournament.

The VCORE Tour 97 has supported Borna in his climb into the top 100 this year, by giving him the control, power and spin on the ball to beat top 10 players. “YONEX is always supporting me. One big thanks to that,” said Borna when he sat down to talk to us after the award ceremony. A video from the ceremony, as well as our talk with Borna, will go live soon. Borna will also be making his way to Japan to participate in YONEX’s VAMOS J tennis camp for young players, so expect footage from that, as well!

*Photos by Jet Tanaka