Former world No. 14 Jerzy Janowicz insists he and coach Gunter Bresnik are a perfect fit. Janowicz, 29, picked up an injury toward the end of the 2017 season and then missed the next two full seasons. It was an extremely tough period for the Pole, who was unfortunately forced to undergo multiple surgeries.
However, 2013 Wimbledon semifinalist Janowicz refused to quit despite all the setbacks. Janowicz’s perseverance paid off when he announced that he would return to the Tour in 2020. Coach Bresnik prepared Janowicz for a comeback as the Pole spent some of his offseason time at a camp in Tenerife.
Several ATP players attended the camp. “We understand each other very well with Günter Bresnik. We understand tennis in the same way. Rarely, a person from tennis is on the same wavelength as me,” Janowicz told Marek Furjan of Eurosport Poland.
Coach Bresnik advised Janowicz to take a slow approach and skip the Australian Open qualifying. The Pole listened to his coach’s advice and he made his long-awaited comeback at the Rennes Challenger in January. The 29-year-old made a positive return in Rennes as he beat Tomas Machac in his first match in more than two years, before losing to Constant Lestienne.
In the following week, Janowicz defeated Evan Furness in the Quimper Challenger first round before he gave a walkover to Quentin Halys. Then in just his third tournament since making a comeback, Janowicz made the final as he ended runner-up to Ernests Gulbis in the Pau Challenger.