Borna Coric wins ATP Comeback Player of the Year: Means so much after hard season

Coric captured his first Masters title just months after returning from a long injury break.

Borna Coric wins ATP Comeback Player of the Year: Means so much after hard season

Borna Coric admits it means a lot to him to be voted as the 2022 ATP Comeback Player of the Year.

In 2021 May, Coric underwent shoulder surgery.

Coric, who was initially hoping to compete at the 2021 US Open, ended up sidelined for 12 months. 

In March, Coric played his first tournament in 12 months at the Indian Wells Masters.

After struggling in his return, Coric put up a stunning run at the Cincinnati Masters to lift his first Masters title.

Coric, who was ranked at No 278 in May, finished the season ranked at No 26 in the world.

“I’m super happy to win the ATP Comeback Player of the Year award. Obviously it does mean a lot to me after a very, very hard season, and after my shoulder surgery. So all I can say is thank you very much from the bottom of my heart. It does mean a lot to me and obviously I hope that my next season is going to be even better," Coric told the ATP website.

Coric put up a great run in Cincinnati

Coric struggled in his first tournaments as he had just one win and six losses in his first seven matches.

Then, Coric decided to return to the Challenger Tour and in June he captured the Parma Challenger title.

After winning Parma, Coric used his protected ranking to enter the Cincinnati Masters.

In Cincinnati, Coric upset Rafael Nadal and Stefanos Tsitsipas en route to winning the title.

“Thank you to my parents, who are not here, my sister and my team. It has been very tough for us. With my physio, if I didn’t have him I wouldn’t be on the court. Then of course to my tennis coach, Mate. We have been working very hard and now we are here," Coric said after winning Cincinnati.

It remains to be seen if Coric can have an even better season in 2023.