Allie Kiick Defeats Injuries, Illness to Get Back to the Tennis Court

When Allie Kick was just 19, she was quickly becoming someone to be noticed on the tennis court. The tennis star had worked her way up in the tennis rankings, eyeing a spot in the top 100. Then, her world was turned upside down. 

Over the past three years, the now 22-year old Kiick has dealt with a handful of obstacles. At 19, she discovered she would have to have multiple knee surgeries on each knee to repair damage that had been misdiagnosed, putting a halt to her tennis career. Along the way to her long recovery, Kiick was diagnosed with a type of skin cancer called Melanoma, became ill with mononucleosis, and helped aid her ailing father, former Miami Dolphin Jim Kiick, who is suffering from dementia. 

Now, 3 years later, Kiick has overcome all of those obstacles to make her way back to the professional tennis game. This week, she's playing in the Deaconess Women's Hospital Classic in Evansville, with hopes of racking up enough points to get her back to where she was before. 

Kiick won her opening match on Tuesday afternoon and will continue play in Evansville this week. Her goal for this season is to try to make it back to the Australian Open. 

 

 

 

(This story was originally published on July 25, 2017.)


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