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Postcards from Wimbledon | A rest day is actually a prep day

To prepare for what's ahead, Serena Williams uses a rest day to pre-hab. (Gregorio Borgia/The Associated Press archive)

Friday we had no singles or doubles matches. We practiced from 10-11:30 a.m. with intermittent rain. Then Serena and I worked for a half hour in the Wimbledon Fitness Center on pre-hab-type exercises to offset the issue related to the deterioration of the grass surface on the baseline.

From my perspective, the longer you survive, you are playing on a surface similar to the dirt surface at home plate in Major League Baseball.

Maintaining your footing is critical to be able to react to change-of-direction situations imposed by pro tennis.

As a result, the hamstrings in the upper rear quadrant of the leg are the area of concern. But, it is the same for all opponents on Center Court.

As I said in a recent column on, survival of the fittest is much more than being fit, it is surviving the unknown.

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