Originally Posted by bluetrain4
Wouldn't it be Agassi? Wasn't he out for six months at some point, and then he packed in all those Slams in the latter half of his career.
Agassi was in a slump in 1997, but he did play regularly. Here are Agassi's 1997 results:
SF in San Jose
R32 in Memphis
R32 in Scottsdale
R64 in Indian Wells
R64 in Miami
Won 2 Davis Cup matches against Schalken and Siemerink
R16 in Atlanta
R32 in Washington
R32 in Los Angeles
R64 in Cincinnati
QF in Indianapolis
R16 at the US Open
R64 at Stuttgart Indoor (a masters series event from 1996-2001)
It was after Agassi lost to Todd Martin at the 1997 Stuttgart Masters that Brad Gilbert told Agassi to either start over and totally dedicate himself, or to pack it all in. Todd Martin was only ranked at number 64 at the time, yet beat 102 ranked Agassi 6-4, 6-4, which meant that Agassi's ranking would fall further. By the 10th November 1997, Agassi's world ranking was at number 141 in the world.
Agassi then played 2 challenger events before the end of the year, finishing as runner-up in Las Vegas (which pulled his ranking up to 122), and then winning Burbank (pulling his year-end ranking for 1997 up to 110).