Comebacks are a common occurrence in most sports but tear-jerking, awe-inspiring, successful comebacks are a rarity and UBET has decided to rank the best five comebacks in sports history.
From pregnancies, sharks attacks and terrorist plots to just code-hopping, we’ve run a fine-tooth comb over the best of the best. Ranking the top five was a lot more difficult than the compilation process but we think we are on point. A wide range of sports are covered including rugby league, surfing, tennis, basketball and AFL and they include some of the best athletes on the planet.
Not many sportswomen could comeback in the way ‘Aussie Kim’ did. The Belgian superstar took time away from tennis to focus on family and after giving birth to her first child, she came back as if she never left, successfully defending the US Open and winning the Australian Open a few months later. The lovable tennis champion recently gave birth to her third child and is said to be thoroughly enjoying a well-earned retirement with eight grand slam titles to her name.
The story of Aussie surfer Mick Fanning is legendary. After all, who is faced with a Great White Shark in South African waters goes on to punch the mighty beast in the head and escape unscathed? Mick does. After the heart-stopping moment Fanning took time off from professional surfing and in a gut-wrenching twist lost his brother after the failed attack. In true Aussie spirit though, Fanning came back the next year in the event he was attacked in and incredibly won at Jeffrey’s Bay.
We all know the story of rotten events that unfolded in Bali on October 12, 2002. One of the victims of the awful Kuta nightclub bombings was North Melbourne hero Jason McCartney who miraculously escaped not only as a survivor, but a thriver. He made his one-game AFL comeback in June of the 2003 season with the Kangaroos – just 63 days after the bombings – heavily bandaged with long sleeves and protective eyewear and managed to kick a goal!
Wayne Bennett masterminded the ‘Return of the King’ way back in 2001. Allan Langer left the Broncos and rep duties in controversial fashion during the 1999 season and ended up playing in the UK Super League with Warrington but after Queensland captain Gorden Tallis was ruled out of the decider against the Blues, Bennett needed a man who could inspire the youngsters in the Maroons camp. Enter Alfie. Langer scored a try in the landmark 40-14 drubbing of the Blues and his comeback remains one of the most awe-inspiring stories in rugby league folklore.
Michael Jordan’s comeback is so famous, the movie ‘Space Jam’ centred around one of the greatest athletes ever known to man. After quitting basketball to pursue a career in baseball, Jordan wasn’t gone for long issuing a two word press release, that simply stated “I’m back” upon his return. After his comeback, Jordan won championships, led the league in point-scoring, set world records, made multiple All-Stars teams and in the process became the greatest basketball player of all time.