Role models for Thiem! The biggest comebacks in tennis history – sports mix

Big comeback stories are the kind of stories that e-sports loves to write.

When a top athlete through no fault of his own is knocked out of the top and subsequently written off, the resulting feelings are even greater in the event of a successful return.

Patience is required until this one returns to old strength. A fact that Dominic Thiem must also take into account at the moment.

“It takes time,” says the general tenor of good advice from tennis colleagues who have already found themselves in similar situations.

Due to Thiem’s ​​difficult situation, we took the time to flip through the annals of tennis history and selected the biggest comebacks from the Open Era. These are stories that give us new hope that Dominic Thiem will return soon.

André Agassi 1999

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No injuries, but a life crisis threw Andre Agassi off the track. The American, known as a “bird of paradise” when he was young because of his extravagant outfit and long mane, won Wimbledon in 1992, the US Open in 1994, the Australian Open in 1995 and subsequently climbed to the top of the world rankings. . But then came the crash. The turbulent marriage to Hollywood star Brooke Shields, which lasted only two years, pushed him into a performance crisis, where he took the drug crystal meth in 1997. Agassi fell back on the rankings to position 141, but managed to get his privacy back in order and consequently returned to the road to success in the sport. In 1999, he wrote tennis history with his French Open title, when he was only the fifth player at the time to complete the “Grand Slam”. Then he had four more major titles to follow.


Juan Martin Del Potro 2016

Juan Martin Del Potro 2016

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Hardly any tennis player has been plagued by injuries as often as Juan Martin Del Potro. At the age of 20, he won his first and only Grand Slam title at the US Open in 2009 with a final victory over Roger Federer, after which the exceptional player was repeatedly thrown back by serious injuries. Due to recurrent pain in his wrist, he had to undergo surgery. As a result, Del Potro dropped back to 485th place in the world rankings. Nevertheless, he fought his way back to the top of the world, in 2013 he finished as number five on the ATP rankings, before a year later he started hurting his wrist again and he had to undergo another and third wrist surgery in 2014 and 2015. Many have already written off the Argentine. But Del Potro quickly silenced his critics: first, he stormed into the quarterfinals of the US Open as a wild card starter in 2016. A few weeks later, he led Argentina to their first Davis Cup title in the league’s history. In 2018, Del Potro also returned to the top 10 again. Just a few weeks ago, “Delpo” announced the end of his career due to his long-standing knee problems.


Roger Federer 2018

Roger Federer 2018

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In fact, Roger Federer’s successful and extraordinary career ended in early 2018. After a couple of injuries – particularly the knee, the Swiss kept fighting – he seemed to be saying goodbye at the age of 35. But the exceptional athlete resisted doomsday prophecy and sensationally won his 18th Grand Slam title at the Australian Open – though only seed number 17 – with a final victory over permanent rival Rafael Nadal. But that was not all for the Swiss: Federer also triumphed at Wimbledon a few months later and even defended his Australian Open title the following year. The exceptional player is now 40 years old, but he has still not officially given up his racket.


Monica Seles 1996

Monica Seles 1996

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Monica Sele’s fate shook the entire tennis family in the early 1990s. The then 19-year-old Yugoslav dominated women’s tennis in 1991 and 1992 and managed to put Steffi Graf, who was previously considered almost invincible, in its borders. But the rapid rise came to an abrupt and tragic end in April 1993, when she was stabbed in the back with a knife by a Steffi Graf fan at the WTA tournament in Hamburg when she switched sides. Although the injury healed quickly, Seles suffered from post-traumatic stress disorder and depressive moods as a result. Only two years later did she dare to return on the WTA Tour, culminating in the 1996 Australian Open victory – her ninth and final Grand Slam title. Due to numerous injuries, she was never able to regain the dominance she had previously shown.


Jennifer Capriati 2001

Jennifer Capriati 2001

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The former prodigy from the WTA Tour came to the top of the world in 1990 at the age of 14. At the age of 16, she won Olympic gold at the Barcelona Games. But the crash soon followed. The teenager could not cope with the rapid rise and fame. In 1993, Capriati was arrested for shoplifting. A year later, she was arrested for possession of marijuana and placed in a drug rehabilitation program. Capriati later confessed that she suffered from burnout and suicidal thoughts. Nevertheless, a few years later, she reached the top again. In 2001 and 2002, she won three Grand Slam titles and even took the lead in the world rankings for a while. But scandalous headlines remained true to her. In 2010, she had to be treated for an overdose. In 2013, she had to go to court because she was then attacking her boyfriend.


Kim Clijsters 2009

Kim Clijsters 2009

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Due to a hip injury, Kim Clijsters ended his tennis career in 2007 at the age of just 23 – at least for the time being. A few months later, the Belgian married basketball pro Brian Lynch and had a daughter in the spring of 2008. A year later, Clijsters returned to the big tennis scene, and after her US Open triumph in 2005, three more Grand Slam titles followed. Open 2009, 2010, Australian Open 2011). She also reached back to the top of the world rankings. Just in time for her daughter to start school, Clijsters retired to privacy. The Belgian ended a later planned comeback prematurely due to the coronavirus pandemic that had just begun.



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