Huber: Nope, She's Not Coming Back
I may have been a fool, but I actually thought Anke would return to tennis, at the latest within a year from her retirement.
It doesn't look like I was right.
Maybe life outside tennis wasn't that bad after all, maybe she didn't ache to get back and compete as much as I thought she would. With a lot of digits on the bankroll, positive ones I'm sure, the constant travel and hard physical training of top tennis may not have been so alluring after all.
At least not when you have been there and done that already.
At 28, and with a couple of good jobs on her hand, as part of the Filderstadt organization and some youth work for the federation (if she still has that job?), it looks incredibly unlikely that she will give it another shot. Although, one should never say nev... nav... Navratilova.
And let's face it. She's not getting her missing Slam, and she's not getting back to the Top 10 if she tried. Tennis skill never leaves you, and she could get in excellent form if she found the motivation. But it would be her 2001 form - minus 5 percent. At most.
She could win a minor title, something like Estoril, and probably get back into the Top 30, but it's not going to be more sophisticated than that. Even if that would be quite impressive.