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What is the best come back in the history?

Capriati's come back!
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Halard-Decugis and Rubin's recovery from injuries also needs to be mentioned.
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I think Jenn's comeback was incredible. If you look at sports in
general her comeback was quite astonishing. Gotta mention
Lance Armstrong too... I only follow certain sports so, I guess
my choices of BEST COMEBACK might not be valid. Can't
name anything from Basketball, baseball, hockey nor American
Football.

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Twelve years after winning her first Grand Slam and 20 grandslam wins latter, at the age of 29, Steffi made one of the greatest comebacks in history- just like the days of yesteryear. What makes her comeback so special and unique is that her comeback was also her goodbye. Considering all that she went through and all these years that had passed by- she was surely not at her peak anymore, her winning (in 99) at the French and making the finals of Wimby was truly remarkable and speaks volumes at the kind of competitor she really was. Since she had lost her #1 ranking to Hingis she slipped out of the top 50 in the rankings and before it was said and done managed to bring it back up to #3 in the world. Steffi suffered through severe sinus problems, allergies, knee surgery, hamstring injuries, wrist problems, ankle problems- bone spurts, leg problems and chronic back problems. Through it all she managed to put together one hell of a final year at the slams beating the worlds #1, #2, and #3 players en route to winning her 6th French Open. People have asked the question how many slams would Steffi have won if Seles never left the game, but I think a better question would be how many slams would Steffi have won if she was never plagued by injury.

(honorable mention to Seles in her coming back and winning Oz after the stabbing, ditto that for JCap- coming back to better than she was before!!)

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Monica Seles came back to the sport after an assasination attempt. Nothing tops that. I think it's sickening to even compare certain comebacks to it.

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I can think of five in the last 50 years (singles only) that deserve consideration:

1) Capriati - overcame all kinds of personal problems and the self-abuse they provoked to win three grand slam singles titles.

2) Seles - overcame a highly traumatic physical and emotional assault which required great strength to overcome as it was directly linked to tennis to win a grand slam title, and reach three other grand slam finals.

3) Evonne Goolagong - returned after pregnancy twice. The first return, aged 26, saw her win two more grand slam singles titles and reestablish herself in the top 3, the second, aged 30, saw her return to the top 20.

4) Margaret Smith-Court - returned from "retirement" once in 1968, aged 25, to win 7 Grand Slam singles titles, including THE grand Slam, then from maternity in 1972, aged 30, to win 3 majors in 1973, then from maternity again in 1974/5 to reestablish herself in the world's top 10, aged 33.

5) BJK, returned from retirement in 1976, aged 33, to beat Goolagong in the Fed Cup final and went on to return to the top 4.

5 Less successful comebacks:

1) Maria Bueno in 1974, aged 35, after 5 years off the circuit. Won her only pro' title (Japan Open) but failed to get back into the top 20. She did have a great comeback in 63/4 after having been off the tour for a year with hepatitis 61-2, though.

2) Tracy Austin in 89 - comeback halted because of a motor accident. Tried again in 93/94 but never cracked the top 50.

3) Regina Marsikova - came back in the mid-80s having been banned by the Czech Federation from competing on the circuit following a conviction for a car accident. Never made it back to the top 50.

4) Karen Hantze Susman. Wimbledon Champ. 1962 Retired afterwards Married in 1963 & had a baby. Returned in 64 but never won another major singles title. Retired again in 65 and came back in the 70s. made it back to the top 100.

5) Venus Williams 2003 (so far). Wait for it....

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Hingis-Seles- It's not sick to compare her comeback to that of others, it's sick what happened to her- no doubt, but don't get it all twisted.... Her comeback is probably one of the greatest and if she would have really worked harder physically she could have even done better than she did and it would probably be "The" greatest comeback of all time... It's totally ok to compare her comeback to that of others...

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Hingis-Seles- It's not sick to compare her comeback to that of others, it's sick what happened to her- no doubt, but don't get it all twisted.... Her comeback is probably one of the greatest and if she would have really worked harder physically she could have even done better than she did and it would probably be "The" greatest comeback of all time... It's totally ok to compare her comeback to that of others...
imo, it's still the greatest comeback of all time

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I think Seles´s the best too....how can coming-back from a near death experience NOT be the best comeback?!

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Monica Seles came back to the sport after an assasination attempt. Nothing tops that. I think it's sickening to even compare certain comebacks to it.
this says it all

and the most important thing
she won a slam in her 4th tournament. not after being back already for 5 years and then tought let's work a little

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she might even have won a slam in her 2nd tournament if not for a lousy line judge

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Moby- that ball was clearly out, Seles doesn't need to cheat to win....she lost fair and square that day... U just saw the ball with ur heart and not ur eyes...lol.

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The best come back in tennis history.
Jennifer Capriati
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In terms of a sports achievement, I'd have to go with Capriati (because she came back with no ranking, fell to 200+ in the world, even lost in qualifying a few times, not to mention that every sports writer called for her retirement). In terms of a personal achievement: hands down Monica Seles (but we must remember she came back with a ranking of co-#1, which was justified, but also gave her entry to every tourney and sweetend her draws). I also think Steffi's was very impressive...
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