Good day tennis fans and welcome back to Tennis
Now’s Countdown show. Rafa Nadal has made his return to the game
and after several months of absence with ongoing knee problems. This return begs the question, what are the
greatest comebacks in tennis history? With 13 grand slam titles under her belt,
the legendary Aussie Margaret Court retired from the game in 1966 at an early age 24 to
get married and move back home. After an almost two year absence from the
game, Court returned to rack up 24 slam titles in between birthing her four children. In the beginning of 1989, “Iron Man” Thomas
Muster was ranked in the top 10. Then at the International Players Championship,
a drunk driver put Muster out of action and no one thought he’d even play tennis again. But in 1995, he won the French Open and 12
more titles to reach the world number 1 ranking. In 1995, Monica Seles made a heart-warming
comeback after recovering from the trauma of being stabbed by a crazed fan during a
tournament in 1993. Seles would take 20 tour titles in the second
phase of her career, including the 1996 Australian Open. Walking off Centre Court in 1994, the nine-time
Wimbledon champion Martina Navratilova picked a few blades of grass as a memento, thinking
that she would never return as a player. In 2003, she won the mixed doubles titles
at both the Australian Open and Wimbledon, partnering Leander Paes. Navratilova would cap off her career by winning
the mixed doubles title at the 2006 US Open with Bob Bryan. At the time, she was just over a month away
from her 50th birthday. After establishing himself as a dominant force
in tennis with a few Grand Slams and a Olympic gold medal, Andre Agassi struggled with wrist
injuries and in 1997 he went through a disastrous slump during which he plummeted to 141 in
the world. But Agassi would come back from his injury
to have one of the greatest comebacks in tennis, rebounding sensationally to rise to No. 6
in 1998—a record turnaround. He tacked on five more majors between 1999-2003. Jennifer Capriati was an upstart American
teenager who had great matches in Grand Slam and Olympic events in 1992 and 1993. Then she ran into substance abuse problems
and was caught shoplifting. After a 15-month break, Capriati came back
and won two Grand Slam titles in 2001 before retiring in 2004. With his trademark thundering serve, Goran
Ivanisevic (E-van-E-show-vich) ascended to the World No. 2 ranking in 1994. By the summer of 2001, his ranking had slid
to 125 and he was only in the Wimbledon draw thanks to a wildcard. His nail-biting defeat of Pat Rafter made
him the only player to win the mens’ singles title as a wildcard entry. Serena Williams rose to world number one in
2002. But from 2004-2006 Serena was inconsistent
taking long periods of time away from the game and dealing with injuries. Serena slipped to a low 139 but in 2007, she
came back with remarkable confidence, stating her intention to return to the top of the
rankings. Pat Cash branded her claim “deluded.” However, in 2008 Serena reclaimed the number
one spot after taking her third US Open title. In 2010, Serena was out for a year after suffering
from several injuries, including a mysteriously sliced toe tendon, a pulmonary embolism and
even a bike crash. Serena found her groove in 2012, and won Wimbledon,
the US Open and a gold medal. Serena has been ranked World No. 1 in singles
on five separate occasions and is currently looking for a sixth time. That concludes our top tennis comebacks! Let us know which comeback is your favorite
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Dennis Veasley

11 thoughts on “Top Tennis Career Comebacks”

  1. Agassi's comeback without doubt is the most impressive. To come back and re-invent himself the way he did and get back to no.1 and win more GS titles was awe inspiring, in the mens game where there is so much depth and competition.

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