Former world no. 14 stands strong on comeback trail


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Former world no. 14 stands strong on comeback trail

Former world no. 14 and a three-time ATP finalist Jerzy Janowicz has been dealing with numerous knee injuries in the last couple of years, leaving the top-100 in April 2016 and not being able to stay injury-free at least for a couple of months and a small series of tournaments.

Jerzy competed at 25 events in 2017 and stood on the verge of the top-100 after six ATP wins and two Challenger finals, lifting the trophy in Bergamo. His last matches came in Bratislava in November that year when he retired against Mikhail Kukushkin, forced to undergo another knee surgery after failing to endure the efforts of playing the entire season.

Janowicz has been on a comeback trail since then, doing his best to get his body back to the desired level and compete on the Tour again although it couldn't happen in 2018, postponing return for a couple of times, including the home Challenger in Sopot in August.

This June, Jerzy announced he is working intensely on a comeback that could happen in January 2020, practicing without troubles for the first time in three years and doing everything right on both the court and at the gym.

Janowicz played in the first ATP final on Masters 1000 debut in Paris 2012, losing to David Ferrer in that one and finishing runner-up in Winston-Salem 2014 and Montpellier 2015. His last ATP tournament was Stockholm in October 2017, qualifying for the main draw and losing a tight second-round encounter against world no.

8 Grigor Dimitrov. Jerzy became a father this year and started to train again in April, working in the gym and on the practice court and receiving a wild card in Sopot, having to refuse it as he didn't feel ready to compete at that moment.

The long-awaited comeback should come in the early stages of 2020 and it should be interesting to follow his progress in those first events he is going to play after such a long break.