A retired tennis star come back on the court

After retiring several months ago, a player incredibly decided to return to playing

by Lorenzo Ciotti
A retired tennis star come back on the court
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A retired tennis player has decided to return to the court! Martin Klizan, former Slovakian tennis player, won six ATP titles when he retired and, in his career, reached 24th position in the ATP world ranking. Klizan, after retiring from tennis in 2021, when he decided to pursue a career in politics.

After more than two years away from the courts, Klizan has announced that he will return to playing tennis. In an interview with Sportweb, the Slovakian made some statements in which he explains the reasons for choosing him and his sporting objectives.

"I feel like I've never been as motivated as I am now. I've turned all the energy, both negative and positive, into exercise and training. I have a huge inner fire, I want to demonstrate even more than before. The only thing I have planned right now is hard work, sacrifice, sweat, blood and pain.

The ideal scenario? Get some invites, because unfortunately I'm not going anywhere with a 0 point ranking. I want to be successful in tournaments and take it one step at a time," he told.

Martin Klizan will come back on the tennis court!

The Slovak then revealed his goals. "I thought about coming back this summer, when I helped coach my country's juniors. The conditions in which they train made me feel bad, as did the coaches they train with and the way they perceive tennis.

I felt disappointment and disillusionment. However, that frustration gradually transformed into a growing desire to work on myself, to show everyone how it's done. What I missed most about tennis is the adrenaline. I need stress, constant pressure; I miss the victories, the great rallies in front of 10,000 people, the forehand winners that make the crowd rise from their seats.

In the past I have suffered more defeats than victories, which has made me more determined. Now there is one thing that I haven't achieved yet and that I want to fight for: the dedication medal for Slovakia in the Davis Cup.

I'm just one nomination away from getting it and there are very few players in the world who have it," he explained. In his career, the 34-year-old from Bratislava has achieved some prestigious successes, managing to beat Novak Djokovic, Rafael Nadal and Stan Wawrinka: "All this started with a USB containing victories over Djokovic, Nadal or Wawrinka.

That's when that internal fire appeared. I really like my tennis. Before I didn't tolerate it so much from a viewer's point of view, but now I do. And I want to get even better. I feel that today the top ten in the world are much more playable than ten years ago.

Other players have more opportunities and reach more final rounds. When you had Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal, Andy Murray and Novak Djokovic, it was absolutely impossible."