Canada's Vasek Pospisil says he was worried that undergoing back surgery at the beginning of the year may end his career. But instead, he says it ended up being a blessing in disguise. Speaking to CBC's On The Coast, Pospisil says, "Psychologically you're not quite sure if you're going to come back if you're going to be healthy.
I reflected a few times and thought well, you know, I've had a great career, so worst case if I can't really make it back to the high level, then it was a good run. I guess I was relieved and happy to be on the court playing well and moving freely and being pain-free, which I haven't been in years, even prior to the surgery.
I took tennis for granted a little bit and then, you know, I just really enjoyed my time on the court when I came back." While his singles ranking dropped from No. 70 at the beginning of the season to outside the Top 200, Pospisil managed to return to the courts only at Wimbledon and ended the season at No.
149, with some impressive performances - including qualifying for the Shanghai Masters and reaching the third round there and winning the ATP Challenger titles in Las Vegas and Charlottesville. Pospisil was part of the Canadian team that defeated the United States and reached the finals of the Davis Cup in Madrid for the first time where they lost to Spain and the 29 year old says he had no idea earlier this year that he would be part of such a huge occasion for Canadian tennis.
"If I rewind it three months before the Davis Cup, I would've never, never thought that I would be playing at that level and that Canada would be in the final and I would have been such a major part of that."
Besides his performances on the court, Pospisil also spoke openly about the need for professional tennis to form a union and improve the sharing of the revenue between players, especially since the lower-ranked players find it difficult to make ends meet.
"I just figured it was a good thing to do with the time that I had on my hands... Might be I'll be looking at that [surgery] as a blessing in disguise."