Jennifer Brady hopes injury won't affect her at Cincinnati Masters, US Open

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Jennifer Brady hopes injury won't affect her at Cincinnati Masters, US Open

American tennis star Jennifer Brady is happy to be playing on front of her home fans in the United States. Brady, ranked at No. 14 in the world, kicked off her summer hard court campaign this week at the Cincinnati Masters. In her Cincinnati opener, Brady beat Ekaterina Alexandrova.

"Yeah, of course I'm super excited to start playing hard court tournaments in the U.S. The U.S. summer is one of my favorite swings of the year, just being at home, playing tournaments, especially on the hard courts," Brady said.

"Yeah, the body's getting there. Not a hundred percent yet. Hopefully looking forward to having a good U.S. hard court summer, being hopefully a hundred percent by US Open."

Brady frustrated by the injury

Brady missed the entire grass season but managed to play at the Tokyo Olympics.

"Yeah, just something that just takes a long time. It's a bit of a nagging injury. It's something that you can't really like put a boot on or crutch around and it just goes away. It takes a lot of work. It's really sensitive," Brady said.

"Yeah, it's not something that can just disappear on its own. Yeah, I've definitely been trying to do everything I possibly can. I mean, I'm feeling a lot better, so we'll see how it feels." Last year, the Cincinnati Masters was held in New York.

This year, it is being held at its regular site. "For sure, playing in front of fans again, I think it's something that we're all super excited, definitely looking forward to. It's been really tough going and playing in empty stadiums, just being restricted to just the hotel and the site.

It starts to get draining after a while," Brady noted. "Seeing there's actually fans in the stands watching, even watching practices out here, it's been awesome. I'm really, really looking forward to that."