Marin Cilic believes he is ready to start his charge towards the Wimbledon trophy after a successful week honing his grass-court game at The Boodles in the countryside outside Slough.
Marin won the title at Queen's two weeks ago and was thrilled with way he has kept up his good form with wins this past week at Stoke Park, on the outskirts of Slough.
I have played a couple of matches here against really good players
and now I think I'm pretty much ready for Wimbledon.
said the Croatian, who was awarded The Boodles Challenge trophy after beating Juan Monaco of Argentina 4-6, 6-3, 10-1 on a match tiebreaker.
I have really enjoyed playing here at The Boodles, it was the
first time for me and the crowd was really very nice and supportive. I'll take
a couple of days off to gather my thoughts and put everything in place and
hopefully I'll be ready to start on Tuesday.
Marin Cilic was one of a host of big names competing in a stunning line-up at The Boodles this year, which included reigning Wimbledon champion Novak Djokovic, British hope Andy Murray, Juan Martin Del Potro, John Isner, Stanislas Wawrinka, Fernando Verdasco, Janko Tipsarevic, David Nalbandian, Gilles Simon, Alexandr Dolgopoloc, Ernests Gulbis, Nicolas Almagro, Robin Haase, Albert Ramos, Guillermo Garcia-Lopez and British teenager Oliver Golding.
Guests on the final day of this year's Boodles Challenge tournament were also treated to Haase's entertaining 6-3, 6-3 win over Almagro before Garcia-Lopez and Ramos rounded off a memorable week with an all-Spanish joust. Garcia-Lopez won the very last point of the tournament when he defeated Ramos 7-5, 6-4.
Many players took time out to mingle with guests in the Players' Enclosure.
The Boodles 2013 will be held 18-22 June. Until 15th July tickets for the 2013 tournament can be purchased at 2012 prices.
Photograph by Jordan Mansfield