WATCH: Sofia Kenin is 2-6 on the season after falling to Beatriz Haddad Maia in Indian Wells.


Sofia Kenin shared an encouraging update for fans, stating that she’s “on the road to recovery” following an injury layoff. The former world No. 4 has not competed since bowing out in the first round of Indian Wells—but she’s now back to training and showing off a month’s worth of rehab progress.

The American shared two photos on social media: the first in crutches with a fresh cast on her right foot and ankle, and the second, sans cast, in the gym with red sports tape supporting her right leg.

Although Kenin did not provide additional details, according to the Miami Herald she previously cited an ankle injury when she withdrew from the Miami Open in March—the latest setback in a series of on- and off-court struggles that has seen the 2020 Australian Open champion and Roland Garros finalist fall to No. 151 in the world.

Kenin had been hoping to put her tumultuous 2021 season behind her, after racking up a 11-10 record. The American had fallen early in her Australian Open title defense and had to undergo an emergency appendectomy in Melbourne, before sacking her coaching team—including her dad Alex—ahead of the clay season.

In the meantime, she appeared to be dating and working with Max Wenders, a former hitting partner of Jelena Ostapenko, but still couldn’t spark the change she needed. Kenin picked up a foot injury, pulled out of the Olympics, and later the US Open due to testing positive for COVID-19, before finally shutting down her season having not played since Wimbledon.

Uncertainty continued to surround the American off court, too: last January she was dropped by her management agency Top Five “due to difficulties with the athlete’s environment”, and at the end of the year her long-term relationship with Fila also came to a close.


Now represented by GSE and outfitted in Free People, Kenin eventually hired her dad back onto her coaching team in November. Just when she seemed back on track after reaching the Adelaide quarterfinals in her first tournament of the season, she lost the bulk of her frozen ranking points following her first-round exit from the Australian Open and dropped out of the WTA's Top 100.

Kenin hasn’t announced a date for her comeback, and she’s officially ruled out of the rest of the clay season after withdrawing from Rome and Roland Garros. She is 2-6 on the season.