US Open Champ Marin Cilic Greeted By 20,000 Fans In Homecoming Celebration
by Tom Gainey | September 17th, 2014, 11:25 am

Marin Cilic arrived home in his hometown of Medjugorje, Bosnia and Herzegovina, as a Grand Slam champion. Over 20,000 turned out to welcome Cilic back home for the celebrations.

“Thank you everyone, especially my parents and my loved ones, because without them this would not be possible,” Cilic said. “Thank You God and Our Lady of Medjugorje for showing me the path to take. I am delighted not only for myself but for the people around me who rejoiced in my success, and I hope there will be many more in the future.”

On Facebook, after the Davis Cup, Cilic looked forward to unwinding. “Thank you all for kind words, last 6-7 days were incredible for me, I am so happy that we managed to secure a victory in Davis Cup playoffs with such a young team. We are back in the World Group, where we belong. Thank you all for the support. Rest time has finally arrived.”

Here are some of the pictures:

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17 Comments for US Open Champ Marin Cilic Greeted By 20,000 Fans In Homecoming Celebration

Hippy Chic Says:

Nice scenes,congratulations Marin Cilic,and welcome to the GS winners circle….

Steve 27 Says:

Čestitamo, Marin .. Pa zaslužio.!

Purcell Says:

Well done Marin. May your success continue.

Wog boy Says:

Well, he could do it without hugging and singing together with Thompson (second photo), but I guess he doesn’t care what people think about Thompson and his acts.

the DA Says:

@Wog Boy – You mean the neo-nazi? Yes, I’m very surprised Cilic invitated him to perform, although I gather he’s a very popular singer. Marin has a lot to learn about publicity and protecting his image.

Wog boy Says:

@the DA, yes, that one.

Hippy Chic Says:

Thanks Wogboy and the DA for bringing this to everyones attention,theres enough racial prejudice in the world without bringing such poisonous filth into music,and please Marin choose your friends better….

Colin Says:

It has to be said that the nuances of morality often get ignored in Eastern Europe. Remember the sensitive nature of Goran Ivanisevic’s utterances?

One year at Wimbledon, he said that if he won the title, and Seles, who was from the other part of former Yugoslavia, won the women’s, he would not dance with her at the ball.

She was at the time an unsophisticated teenager who was probably interested mainly in clothes and music.

Then there was his charming habit, when he was annoyed with line judges, of calling them “faggots”.

Hippy Chic Says:

Colin i would think nobodys perfect and they all say and probably do things they regret and are not proud of at times,yet there are some things that stretch the boundaries of good taste and thats one of them,and some should realize its more important to be a good human being,rather than been a good champion,Marin please take note….

Margot Says:

Why did he to bring God into it as well. I would’ve thought God was a bit too busy to bother watching tennis matches.

Ben Pronin Says:

You mean God hasn’t been causing all of my forehands to go out or into the net? Huh, that’s weird. I’ve been yelling at the wrong guy. Says:

Ben, nice one. We’re ok with God. Not neo nazis. Thank you.

serve-volley Says:

What would majority of Croatians think if he refused to take a photo with Thompson with excuse “it’s not good for my popularity”, though he likes his songs and Thompson is like tradition in Croatia, Hercegovina on fests like this? What would people there think of Cilic then? Not good.
But Cilic is simple, tradition man and he will never do that.
Religion is very important part of tradition in Herzegovina and Cilic is religious man. What’s wrong with that?

Hippy Chic Says:

And what about all the people on the recieving end of such racist propoganga?

the DA Says:

@ serve-volley – I think you’re missing the point. It’s not about what’s good for his popularity, it’s about principles. It’s also not about religion. We’re talking about being associated with a guy
who has the following history:ć

Cilic wasn’t naive about it either: the following day he posted a photo with Perković with the hashtag #proud. Just saying it’s not the wisest move PR wise.

Hippy Chic Says:

The DA exactly well said….

Okiegal Says:


I agree, with all that is going on in this vast world of ours, don’t think God is at all concerned with a tennis match. I’ve played sports and been involved with sports all my life. There are a few coaches in my family and I have never ever prayed to God for my team to win……have prayed that the players be safe and be good sportsmen……or sports women….whatever the case may be. Yeah, God doesn’t care who wins or loses, imo.

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