How a ‘Hard Quarantine’ Benefited a Player at the Australian Open
Brady said she slept more than usual during the 14 days, often not waking up until 11 in the morning. She worked twice a day, and at 5 in the evening, Brady’s coach, Michael Geser, said Brady used tennis balls, a steady bicycle and weight, his most important job being mental.
“We could not emulate on-court practice, but we tried our best to be able to adapt to this new situation,” Geser said. “The most important thing was to be mindful. We were not complaining. We were taking it. “
Geser said he praised Brady’s positive attitude.
“She has bad days, but she tries to make the best of her bad days,” he said. “It’s also important in matches: you won’t play your best tennis, but she tries to find a way to win.”
For Brady, who had risen up the rankings last season as he won his first WTA title and reached the semi-finals of the United States Open, forced imprisonment proved a welcome respite.
“Coming out of quarantine, speaking for myself, I was definitely mentally quite fresh,” Brady said. “It was a long year for me last year. I didn’t really take a break. Deep inside, I was a bit lucky that I had to be in lockdown for 14 days. It helped me reset mentally – and physically as well. “
When she relaxed herself back into physical activity when quarantine ended, Brady felt relieved at how he felt in court.
“The first two hits I did I was trying to feel the ball, and just feel my feel for the court and moving, because I didn’t want to risk injury,” Brady said. “I was afraid that I was going to be super-sore, which I really wasn’t.”