Brady joins list of AO absentees

Last year’s Australian Open finalist Jennifer Brady has joined the growing list of absentees for the next edition of the first Grand Slam in January because of injury.

Our 2021 finalist @jennifurbrady95 has withdrawn from #AusOpen 2022 due to a left foot injury. Wishing you a speedy recovery Jen. AO Tweet

AO officials confirmed on Sunday that Brady would miss the first major of the year, tweeting: “Our 2021 finalist @jennifurbrady95 has withdrawn from #AusOpen 2022 due to a left foot injury. Wishing you a speedy recovery Jen.”

Brady, ranked 25, made her maiden Grand Slam final at last year’s event at Melbourne Park where she lost in straight sets to Naomi Osaka.

The 26-year-old American has not played competitively since being forced to retire from her second-round match against Jelena Ostapenko at Cincinnati in August.

Brady’s withdrawal follows that of Karolina Pliskova, the World No 4 from the Czech Republic, who announced on Thursday that she would not be travelling to Australia due to a right hand injury sustained during a practice session.

Earlier this month, Canada’s Bianca Andreescu said she would be taking time away from the sport to address mental health concerns, while 23-time Grand Slam winner Serena Williams said she would not travel Down Under following ‘advice from her medical team’.

Williams had an injury-disrupted season and has not competed since an ankle injury forced her to retire six games into her first-round Wimbledon clash with Aliaksandra Sasnovich in June.

Andreescu explained her decision on Twitter, saying she wants to ‘re-set, recover, and grow’ after a ‘challenging’ two years that included testing positive for COVID-19.

Meanwhile, Ash Barty and Novak Djokovic headline the player fields that are set to compete at Melbourne Park for the Australian Open 2022, but six-time AO champion Roger Federer is out of the men’s draw as he continues his long recovery from knee surgery.

The Australian Open begins on 17 January.



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