In the dictionary under the word resilient should be a picture of 28-year-old Jennifer Brady. She endured a nearly two-year hiatus from the WTA Tour from 2021 to 2023 because of a knee injury. Brady planned to play at the 2023 French Open but suffered a foot injury that delayed the comeback. Fans were delighted to see her at the US Open in September, and she was a ladies' doubles semifinalist.
Fast forward to 2024 when Brady was expected to play at the Australian Open under a protected ranking. She quietly withdrew and then shared an update on social media after the tournament was underway.
Brady delivered the unfortunate news that she needs another knee surgery. This is expected to keep her away from the game for some time. This is a devastating setback for Brady who worked so hard in her two years away to get healthy and return to competitive tennis.
What will Jennifer Brady do now?
Tennis is her passion so it is not surprising that Brady plans to return to UCLA, as a student and undergraduate assistant/coach. This move will keep her close to the game, and she will be a great asset to UCLA's tennis program.
At her best, Brady hits the ball cleanly and powerfully and is a joy to watch. At a time when many women are making comebacks to the WTA Tour including Emma Raducanu, Amanda Anisimova, and the players coming off of maternity leave, it is unfortunate that Brady will not be one of them.
As some of her compatriots have done when injured, fans would like to see Brady doing television work on the Tennis Channel.
We wish Jennifer Brady a speedy recovery and hope to see her back on the WTA Tour again soon.