Has a Player ever quit and comeback

RodSmooth

Professional
Has a player ever quit or got injured for a long period of time without touching a racket. Then came back on the tour?
 

jelle v

Hall of Fame
Has a player ever quit or got injured for a long period of time without touching a racket. Then came back on the tour?
Not sure what you mean... do you mean like Cijsters or Hingis? Or Nadal who was out for 8 months or so?

Or do you mean literally not touching a racket? So coming back on tour without any preparation at all and the first ball you hit is at the 5-minute warm up? I don't think that ever happened.
 

RodSmooth

Professional
Not sure what you mean... do you mean like Cijsters or Hingis? Or Nadal who was out for 8 months or so?

Or do you mean literally not touching a racket? So coming back on tour without any preparation at all and the first ball you hit is at the 5-minute warm up? I don't think that ever happened.
quit tennis not even touching a racket for like a year plus. then trained and got back on tour
 

jelle v

Hall of Fame
quit tennis not even touching a racket for like a year plus. then trained and got back on tour
Well on the women's side there is Clijsters who took a break of I think 2 or 3 years because she wanted to start a family and then got back winning a grand slam.

There is Martina Hingis who retired (mainly) because of a foot injury if i remember correctly and then after a couple of years returned to tour.

You have Kimiko Date, who retired from tennis early zeroes I think... just to make a comeback 1 year (?) ago in her fourties when in the previous years she has been running marathons.

All this information is from the top of my head, so someone please correct if not accurate.

On the men's side I'm not familiar with a player stopping for a long time and making a comeback. Wondering if Agassi officially disappeared from the tour for a while or not.
 

viduka0101

Hall of Fame
Bjorn Borg
yeah, first one that came to mind

Failed comeback

In the early-1990s, Borg attempted a comeback on the men's professional tennis tour. In doing so, he grew his hair out as it had been when he retired and returned to using a wooden racket; he had kept his hair cut and used modern graphite rackets in exhibitions he played during the later 1980s. This time around, however, he was completely unsuccessful. In fact, Borg failed to win a single match. He faced Jordi Arrese in his first match back, again at Monte Carlo but without practising or playing any exhibition matches, and fell in two sets. In his first nine matches, played in 1991 and 92, Borg failed to win a single set. He fared slightly better in 1993, taking a set off his opponent in each of the three matches he played. He came closest to getting a win in what turned out to be his final tour match, falling to Alexander Volkov.
In 1992, Borg, 35, using a Donnay Graphite Midsize racket strung at 85 lbs. tension, defeated John Lloyd, 37, at the Inglewood Forum Tennis Challenge.
Borg later joined the champions tour, returning to shorter hair and using modern racquets.

source: Wikipedia
 

kiki

Banned
Bjorn Borg
I don´t really believe Borg ever attempted to play competitive tennis after 1981.he just booked himself to the Montecarlo tournament because he lived there and was still a hard selling ticket but deep inside, I honestly don´t think he´d come back serioulsy.And he didn´t.

I was tempted to say Mc Enroe but he just took a sabatical year off.He was never the same player when he returned, though.
 

Mustard

Talk Tennis Guru
I don´t really believe Borg ever attempted to play competitive tennis after 1981.
Well, he did in 1991, and said so at the time. Just because it turned into a complete disaster, it doesn't mean it wasn't Borg's intention to make a successful comeback. I've seen the Borg vs. Arrese match at 1991 Monte Carlo, and Borg really is the epitome of an anachronism out there. In other words, Borg was the epitome of a tennis player out of his own time. He even used a wooden racquet, in 1991!
 

kiki

Banned
Well, he did in 1991, and said so at the time. Just because it turned into a complete disaster, it doesn't mean it wasn't Borg's intention to make a successful comeback. I've seen the Borg vs. Arrese match at 1991 Monte Carlo, and Borg really is the epitome of an anachronism out there. In other words, Borg was the epitome of a tennis player out of his own time. He even used a wooden racquet, in 1991!
Yes, but it was sad.I honestly don´t consider it a comeback but rather a way to grab some money and market himself and his clothes lines for a while because of difficulties in cash.That is the only reason that seems logic to me.

In fact, I don´t even consider this match as far as Borg´s record is concerned.And I don´t consider the Leconte match as well.Maybe we can still consider Borg in 82 ( remember he only played two official tournaments) but that is about it.
 
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