Fans Wish Rachel Stuhlmann a Speedy Recovery After Scary Accident

The tennis influencer appears to be in good spirits despite recently being involved in a car wreck.
Rachel Stuhlmann

Rachel Stuhlmann.

Up until Monday, Rachel Stuhlmann had been noticeably quiet on her social media accounts of late. The tennis influencer revealed in a Dec. 4 Instagram post that her absence was due to being involved in a car accident. Despite the fact that she was pictured in a neck brace, the Missouri native had a grin on her face and an optimistic energy as she explained the situation in her caption.

“Brace yourself.. not my usual post🤣,” Stuhlmann began. “but wanted to share a life update- not too long ago I was in a car wreck. I underwent anterior cervical disc replacement surgery to remove the C5-C6 disc in my neck and replace it with an artificial disc.”

The Mizzou grad then went on to thank her New York City-based spinal surgeon and her “amazing” support system of friends and family.

“As I begin the healing process and physical therapy journey, I’m feeling encouraged, determined, and eager to lean into some qualities that I haven’t tapped into since my competitive playing career 10 years ago,” she added. “... This isn’t a setback! It’s just all part of the comeback and I can’t wait to be feeling 100% again!❤️.”

Plenty of Stuhlmann’s 316,000 followers piped in to the comments section to wish her a speedy recovery post-surgery.

“Love you baby 🥺🩷,” nutritionist Maddie Moore wrote. “so glad we were able to fix it! You got this 🔥👏.”

“Sending prayers ❤️❤️,” Miss New York USA 2023 Rachelle di Stasio added.

“🙌 Can’t wait to see you back on the court,” someone else cheered.

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