There is no question that the Brian Baker Comeback at Wimbledon 2012 is inspirational to tennis players around the world training to play tennis at the parks as well as the ATP Tour. Brian has overcome various tennis injuries, and he has made a huge comeback. The Brian Baker story is a good one, and gives hope to many tennis players around the world that have had injuries holding them back from playing up to their potential. Watch the video below to get a glimpse into what Brian has faced and how he has overcome serious roadblocks on his long hard road to the 4th round of Wimbledon 2012. To recover from layoff and injury is a testament to his tennis training ethic.
Background of the Brian Baker Comeback
The road to the Brian Baker Comeback was a long time in coming and he must have implemented a rigorous tennis training program to get back in shape. In fact, ESPN reports that Brian Baker waited for 6 years to start his comeback after multiple injuries sidelined him from playing on the ATP Tour. As you can see ESPN describes what Brian Baker had to overcome.
Brian Baker waited most of the past six years to start his tennis training program to make a successful comeback. If it wasn’t his hips that troubled him, it was his elbow: He’s one of the few tennis players who has undergone Tommy John surgery. All told, Baker, a right-hander, likely has spent more time in the operating room than a doctor on “ER.”
The ESPN article also quotes Baker telling reporters that he is having fun, but he is not satisfied yet. As well, Patrick McEnroe states that Baker did not even utilize the help of USTA, but Brian just worked his way up by playing Futures and Challengers. Impressive!
Baker took flight starting in May. He qualified for a clay-court tournament in Nice, France — impressive enough given that American players struggle on dirt — and proceeded to reach the final.
“This time, I’ve actually knocked on the door, gotten an answer, and gone through the door,” Baker told reporters. “It’s been a lot of fun these last two months, and I’m definitely not satisfied. Like today, I was pretty frustrated after the match. I’m looking forward to doing bigger and better things.”
Baker, 27, didn’t enlist the help of the USTA during his comeback, which, according to Patrick McEnroe, made it even more impressive. McEnroe recalls hearing Baker’s name about this time 12 months ago, when he competed at a Futures tournament, the third step on the tennis ladder in the U.S. without a ranking.
“Sure enough, he just kept playing in these Futures and Challengers and continuing to work his way up,” said McEnroe, general manager of the USTA’s player development program and an ESPN analyst.
“He never asked for any wild cards or any help. We had one of our coaches at a lot of those tournaments with younger players, and he just kept calling me and sending messages saying, ‘Brian is playing unbelievable, and he’s a top 50 player if he can stay healthy.’ That was obviously the biggest thing.”
Baker’s healthy now, so indeed, as one chapter closed on another gloomy day at the All England Club, another is set to be written. Baker is far from a one-hit wonder, and plenty know it.