February 7 was National Girls and Women in Sports Day so it seems like the perfect opportunity to look in on our veteran American tennis players, Jennifer Brady, Sloane Stephens, and Madison Keys, and see what they are up to.
As previously reported, Jennifer Brady is taking a prolonged break from the WTA Tour because of a knee injury requiring surgery and extensive rehab time. She will be working with her alma mater, the UCLA tennis program. Brady spent February 7 in the hospital after having knee surgery. Though the past few years have been riddled with injuries, Brady keeps her sense of humor intact with a quip that her bedside post-op picture is not as cute as Ajla Tomljanovic's.
Before Aryna Sabalenka and Paula Badosa became BFF goals on the WTA Tour, Sloane Stephens and Madison Keys assumed the role. Their friendship has never waivered even though they played each other in the 2017 US Open with a maiden Grand Slam at stake.
Stephens and Keys are the greatest example of competitors and friends
Stephens penned a social media tribute to Keys on National Girls and Women in Sports Day. On Instagram, she wrote: “We've been by each others' sides, even when we're across the net from each other during some of the biggest days of our lives, and through it all, our friendship has remained constant. I hope our friendship shows young girls and women in sport that you don't have to claw your way to the top. You can be a good friend, demonstrate kindness, and be fair while still giving it your all during a match.”
Stephens is known for writing notes to Keys. While Keys made her deep run in the 2023 US Open, Stephens left her a handwritten note before her quarterfinal match against Marketa Vondrousova.