2017 was a magical year, well, certainly for two biggest fan bases of the tennis world, Federer’s and Rafa’s. But it was a grim affair too considering the lacklustre draws, especially during the second half of the season. With the likes of Novak Djokovic, Andy Murray, Kei Nishikori sidelined due to injuries, 2017 was missing the fierce competition that we have been accustomed to. Well the year is almost over, and players are getting ready for their pre-season training to stage their respective awaited tennis comebacks and we are excited to see some of the biggest names back on the tennis court.
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I am delighted to announce my comeback on the professional circuit of the @WTA next year
I am so looking forward to see you again during my matches and share some amazing emotions with you . @Eurosport_FR #marionisback pic.twitter.com/KVPUnwEqlp
— Marion bartoli (@bartoli_marion) December 19, 2017
The 2013 Wimbledon champion has decided to come out of retirement in 2018. The Frenchwoman retired only a month after winning her maiden Grand Slam title citing injuries and then went on to lose a huge amount of weight due to a serious illness.
You might be wondering the need for her to come back after being sidelined for so long. Marion explained the cause and revealed that a controversial Wimbledon ban motivated her to return to come out of retirement.
“The start of this all came on the most difficult day of my life when Wimbledon decided to bar me from playing the legends’ matches because they thought I could have a heart attack and die on the court.
“From then on, I swore that if one day I was healthy again, I wanted to try to relive what I had been lucky enough to live three years before when I won the tournament.
“What saved me at that time was tennis, by hanging onto the great moments that I lived on court — that’s what kept me alive.”
Bartoli is targeting her return at Miami Open 2018! The Italians will certainly consider her as one of the most awaited tennis comebacks.
Stan the man had a decent first half of the season. He was a runner-up in Indian Wells and Roland Garros, losing to the brightest stars of 2017- Roger Federer and Rafa Nadal. He pushed Federer to 5 in the SF in Melbourne but his second half of the season got derailed due to a knee injury.
— Stanislas Wawrinka (@stanwawrinka) November 7, 2017
Although the Swiss has pulled out of the Mubadala World Tennis Championship (MWTC) through injury, chances are that’s only a precautionary step for the Australian Open. Stan would again be a serious contender for big prizes next year if he stays fit. However, the 3-time Grand Slam champion has split with his longtime coach Magnus Norman and it will be interesting to see how he fares without him.