Former world No. 25 Vasek Pospisil is putting himself in a position to potentially have a big 2020 season and return to the level where he once was. Pospisil, who enjoyed a breakthrough season on the Tour in 2014, hasn't lived up to the expectation placed on him after the breakthrough campaign but his health issues have certainly affected his further progress.
The 29-year-old's 2019 season got off to a disastrous start, having been forced to undergo a surgery to repair his herniated disc after he failed to recover in time for the beginning of the year. The Canadian played his first tournament of the season in July at The Championships, where he put up a big fight before going down against world No.
21 Felix Auger-Aliassime. It took time for Pospisil to find his game and form but he did it at the right time as he is enjoying a strong end to what appeared to be another disappointing season. Making the round-of-16 at the Shanghai Masters was a big confidence boost for the Canadian, who went on to claim back-to-back Challenger titles in Las Vegas and Charlottesville in his next two tournaments.
Pospisil, who plummeted to No. 248 in July this year, has climbed up to No. 153 and he could further continue his ranking rise if he makes a deep run at this week's Knoxville Challenger. Pospisil, who doesn't have a point to defend in the first six months of the 2020 season, appears to be in a great place both mentally and physically and if that continues he could return to the top-50 for the first time 2016.