American tennis star Jennifer Brady has hired coach Andrew Bettles, per Victoria Chiesa. Brady, a former world No. 13, will start working with Bettles once she returns to the court. Brady hasn’t played since mid-August, when she retired mid-match during her Cincinnati Masters second round clash against Jelena Ostapenko.
After five years of working with Elina Svitolina, Bettles and the Ukrainian tennis star split after the 2021 season. “After 5 years and 11 titles together!! Andy and I both agreed it was the right time to move our separate ways.
I am very thankful for all his hard work and endless support. I wish him only the best in his future career!" Svitolina announced in a Twitter post in late October.
Brady has had rough last six months
Brady sounded optimistic about the American summer but she ended up playing just Cincinnati.
“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 in mid-August.
"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 is set to lose a lot of points for not defending the results she made at Melbourne Park last year.
Brady finished runner-up to Naomi Osaka in last year’s Australian Ooen final. “She plays so aggressive that she puts so much pressure on you to perform well," said Brady after the final. "And that's something that not every tennis player has that ability to do."
After the final, Brady called Osaka an inspiration. “She's such an inspiration to us all, and what she's doing for the game is amazing in getting the sport out there," said Brady. "I hope young girls at home are watching and inspired by what she's doing."