James Ward: I've been through some dark days

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James Ward: I've been through some dark days

British tennis player James Ward admits that it wasn't easy for him during the injured period as he missed a part of the 2016 season and also missed almost the entire 2017 season. The 31-year-old made a comeback from a knee injury at the Surbiton Challenger in 2017 June but was forced to call it a season in August as he underwent a knee surgery.

The Briton made yet another comeback to tennis in February at an ITF event and has since managed to stay healthy and collect some solid results as he recently ended runner-up at the Loughborough Challenger. Ward's career appeared to be on the rise as in 2015 he won a Davis Cup title, reached the third round at Wimbledon for the first time in his career, climbed up to his career-high ranking of No.

89 in the world but then he was struck by health issues. "It was a long struggle -- it was 10 months of rehab -- and some dark days. It was just about getting my knee right and now that's good. Gotta start this steady climb up the rankings," world No.

363 Ward told Sky Sports. Ward is bidding to clinch a spot in the Wimbledon main draw as he has been through to the Wimbledon final round. Also read: Thanasi Kokkinakis: It would've been fun to play Bernard Tomic at RG