Australian rising star Jason Kubler is happy to be nominated for the ATP Comeback Player of the Year. The ATP nominated Kubler, Australian John Millman, Serbia's Novak Djokovic and Japanese Kei Nishikori for the award.
Kubler, whose career was in jeopardy a few years ago due to serious knee problems, is now enjoying a breakthrough season on the tour in 2018. Kubler played only four non-clay tournaments between 2010 September and 2017 October -- but is now able to play regularly on all surfaces.
The 25-year-old has won two hard-court Challenger titles this year, featured the Australian Open for the first time since 2010, as well made his debut at Wimbledon and the US Open. . Kubler, who started the year ranked at No.
341 in the world, is now ranked at No. 97. The remaining three nominees Millman, Djokovic and Nishikori have all made successful comebacks from their injuries this year. The most notable comeback may be the one of Djokovic, who has won back-to-back Grand Slam titles at Wimbledon and the US Open, as well as returned to No.
2 in the world. On the other side, the world No. 11 Nishikori is on the verge of returning to the top-10, while Budapest runner-up Millman achieved his career-high ranking of No. 33 in the world last week -- before dropping to No.
36. "It's pretty cool. It's amazing to be recognized with those kinds of players," Kubler told Tennis Australia.. "In some ways, there's a big between us in what 'comeback' means. For them, it's Novak maybe getting back to No.
1 and Kei getting back into the top ten; it's just very cool that they recognize someone like me who's never even been in the top 100 before and in the lower ranks." Also read: Fabio Fognini admits his chances of qualifying for ATP Finals may be gone