Gail Brodsky sat on the sofa in her Kirkland, Washington, home to watch the 2017 US Open final between Sloane Stephens and Madison Keys. She was, in her own words, “out of shape, kind of being a mom and tennis coach, with no other thoughts” when she had another thought.
“I had this overwhelming sense that I wanted to experience that feeling of being out there again,” Brodsky, a 27-year-old mother of two, told ESPN.com this week. “I wanted to experience it all over now that I’ve learned to love the game. If I looked back 10 years from now, there would be no questions. I’d know I gave tennis my best shot.”
Brodsky shared her desire with her husband, fellow tennis pro Mark Hanson, who said, “Great, go for it.” Thus, Hanson is presently juggling his teaching duties at Kirkland’s Eastside Tennis Center with looking after the couple’s toddlers (son Grayson is 3, and daughter Brooklyn is almost 2) while Brodsky is busy trying to lock down a wild-card entry into the US Open. Last Sunday, Brodsky jumped into the lead in the competition for that automatic berth by winning the $60,000 USTA Pro Circuit event, the Braidy Industries Women’s Tennis Classic, in Ashland, Kentucky.