Mili Poljičak tried as hard as he could, but failed to create a sensation in the first round of the ATP Challenger Split Open
The 16-year-old tennis player from Split, who received an invitation from the organizers instead of the injured Borna Gojo, ran into a well-disposed Aleksandar Vukić who did not give him the slightest chance to win. The final result was 6:1, 6:1 in 51 minutes of play.
Good knowledge of the terrain at Firule was not very helpful for Mili because at this moment the 8 years older Australian, of Montenegrin and Bosnian roots, is simply too strong. Mili tried many things, on one occasion even an under arm serve, nothing worked in the long run against the twenty-four-year-old Sydney-born and 207th ATP-ranked tennis player.
- I expected more, but it didn't work out. He was a lot better than me, and I wasn’t at my best. For me, this is only the fourth senior tournament, here the boys are more ready, better and faster, so it is difficult to switch from junior tennis. If I had used some opportunities at the beginning of the match, it might have been different, but Vukić set up well, immediately separated and I had no chance - commented Poljičak after the match, who reached his first professional victories at ITF tournaments in Rovinj last month. He now made his debut in the Challengers in Split and, despite a convincing defeat, gained valuable experience for his career.
At the Split Open, Poljičak also competes in the doubles competition, where in the first round with Duja Kekez he plays against fourth seed Raja and Weissborn.
- After these doubles, the plan is to play the next Challenger in Split, then Futures in Šibenik, some junior tournaments and then junior Roland Garros - said Poljičak in the end.
And here are the words of the winner Vukić, who praised our young tennis player.
- He is young and has potential, it can be seen immediately. I was already in Croatia, in Bol at the ITF tournament and it was really nice, as well as it is now in Split. The hotel and food are great, the tennis centre at Firule too, everything is great.