Why Janko Tipsarevic is one of the greatest fighters in tennis
Janko Tipsarevic has had one of the most turbulent careers ever on tour. Plagued with injuries in the last few years, he has recently returned after not playing a competitive match since the US Open in 2017.
The title of this blog may sound controversial to some but there are a few reasons that prove why he is an outstanding fighter. Janko’s fighting spirit is both on and off the court. He has had seven surgeries (all on the lower half of his body) in recent years and yet still manages to show up, compete at the highest level – all without losing the love for the game. His struggles with physical injuries, mental health and a tennis game that has varied in level throughout his career all show why he is great for our sport.
He pushed Grigor Dimitrov to four sets in round one of this year’s Australian Open, his first tournament back after missing the entirety of the 2018 season. He then went on to play a couple of Challenger Tour events, the Miami Open and made a strong run in Houston at the US Men’s Clay Court Championships (ATP 250), where he reached the quarter-finals. It was here where Tipsarevic really left his mark on me.
In Houston, he beat Tennys Sandgren and Cameron Norrie, both in straight sets. He eventually lost to Sam Querrey, but Tipsarevic proved to every tennis fan around the world that he can fight back from serious injuries and still play some big-time tennis. Taking those big names out of the draw is no easy task and even more remarkable considering the fact that he was ranked No. 383 at the time.
Is he ever going to return to his career high of No. 8?
It’s no secret that his best tennis days are well behind him. At the moment he is No. 316 in the world, and with a ranking like that, it is challenging to gain access into major ATP tournaments. To really impact his ranking, he would need to continue beating big names in larger tournaments on tour.
Earlier this week, he also announced that he will be using the next four weeks to recover from yet another injury, a left hip issue. He hopes to be back in time for the Geneva Open (ATP 250) next month.
Keep digging Janko. We are looking forward to your return next month!