(Could be an interesting interview if Marin Cilic Wins Wimbledon – Will he thank the Blessed Mother)
SARAJEVO: Marin Cilic‘s won his first Wimbledon semi-final against American Sam Querrey and will be greeted with great excitement in his hometown, a famous Catholic pilgrimage site in southern Bosnia.
Cilic, the world number six, was born in Medjugorje — a town made popular due to alleged apparitions of the Virgin Mary — but represents Croatia after moving to the neighbouring country as a teenager to further his career.
From Medjugorje Today September 2014
About 20,000 people greeted local tennis player Marin Cilic when he returned to Medjugorje after winning US Open. Cilic thanked God and the Virgin Mary for having showed him which path to take. Top politicians were present to congratulate and a great crowd celebrated into the night.
Medjugorje welcomed local tennis player Marin Cilic like a king on September 16 when he returned to his hometown for the first time since he won the US Open mens’ single title on September 8.
Among the thousands present to congratulate, many had come from the entire region around Medjugorje, and from Croatia. Marin Cilic thanked them all, and also thanked God and the Virgin Mary.
“Thank you everyone, especially my parents and my loved ones, because without them this would not be possible. 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” local news portal Glas Brotnja quoted from Cilic’s speech on the back altar of St. James Church.