Katie Boulter’s recovery from a catastrophic injury was aided by her thoughts of returning to Wimbledon.

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Katie Boulter’s recovery from a catastrophic injury was aided by her thoughts of returning to Wimbledon.

Late-night fantasies of one day returning to Wimbledon spurred Katie Boulter’s comeback from a catastrophic injury.

The 24-year-old was on the rise, having broken into the top 100 in the world, when she sustained a major back injury in April 2019, thus ending her career.

Her comeback prospects were further hampered by the coronavirus pandemic, which kept her off the main WTA Tour for the better part of nine months.

In 2021, she was limited by more niggles, but she is now back on court and ready to compete in the British grass-court season, which begins in just over a month at SW19.

During her recuperation, she had some bad days, but the possibility of competing in her home grand slam kept her going.

Boulter, who is competing in the Viking Open in Nottingham this week, told the PA news agency, “It’s something I’ve been thinking about at night for the past few years since my injury.”

“I’ve never wanted to miss a grass-court season, and the opportunity to play at Wimbledon means a lot to me. They are my home tournaments, and there is nothing else that can compare to them. I’m really looking forward to what’s to come.

“To be honest, there were some extremely bad times for me, but those are the times that define you.

“You either come back stronger or not at all, and I believe I am here because I overcame those challenges. I have a fantastic team behind me, and I am extremely fortunate to have them.”

Boulter, who was born in Leicester, can chalk up her accident to bad timing.

She was the next big British hope, having given Naomi Osaka a fight for her money at Wimbledon in 2018, achieving a career-high ranking of 82 before the issue.

She believes, though, that she is now in a stronger position to push even harder as she works to improve her rating, which has fallen to 262.

“It was my at the moment. (This is a brief piece.)

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