Brady said she slept more than usual over 14 days, often not waking up around 11 p.m. She exercised twice a day, at noon and around 5 p.m. Brady’s coach Michael Geserer said Brady used tennis balls, exercise bike and weights, the most important thing to her was mental.
“We could not simulate field practice, but we tried our best to adapt to this new situation,” Geserer said. “The most important thing was thinking. We did not complain. We took it. “
Geserer said he admires Brady’s positive attitude.
“There are bad days, but he is trying to get the best out of his bad days,” he said. “It’s also important in matches: You won’t play your best tennis, but she’s trying to find a way to win.”
For Brady, who rose in the rankings last season as she won her first WTA title and reached the semifinals of the United States Open, forced retention proved to be a welcome respite.
“Coming out of quarantine, speaking on my own behalf, I was definitely a lot fresher mentally,” Brady said. “It was a long year for me last year. I didn’t really rest. Deep down I was a little lucky to have 14 days of locking up. It somehow helped me reset myself mentally – and physically. “
As she returned to physical activity when the quarantine was over, Brady was relieved to feel on the field.
“The first two goals I had, I was trying to feel the ball and just feel the pitch and the movement, not trying to overdo it because I didn’t want to risk injury,” Brady said. “I was afraid I’d be super sick, which I wasn’t really.”