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U.S. Open postcard: It’s not all glitz and glamor |

Mackie & Patrick Mouratoglu

New York — I’ve been gone for a month. I haven’t done this sort of thing since I traveled with the San Francisco Giants. After the victory (Venus and Serena Williams defeated Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova and Lucie Safarova), we play doubles again at 12:30 p.m. (Thursday) and Friday we play for the right to go to the championship Sunday.

It’s been a long road, and to think that Serena is playing every single day, exept for the rain day where we are sitting around. Tennis is a greuling sport. It requres you to be on top of your game 24/7. Serena has a wonderful support team. I’ve been with them for six years.

For me I’m close to the end of what I’m going to do. To finish with this team, I’ve been on more teams than anyone in the U.S., with more than 3,000 athletes. What’s fascinating, tennis is unforgiving. They play on more surfaces than any other sport. There’s no coming back next week. You take everything with you, the pain, the emotions. You live out of a suitcase for 300 days. You get off November, then do it again. It’s just amazing what you see. It’s grueling and people rise to the top. My whole life I’ve worked with nothing but the best. what I’ve accomplished is I’ve extended their careers.

Serena and Venus face the defending champion and top-seeded Italian team of Sara Errani and Roberta Vinci,, then she faces Li Na for the semifinals. Li Na is resting while Serena is playing every day. Mary Joe Fernandez, ESPN commentator, asked her if she thinks playing doubles is a disadvantage, but Serena said it’s an advantage: “It keeps me active every day.”

You come out (when you’re done), you have to ride a bicyle to clear lactic acid, stretch, work the shoulder, back, hips, and tomorrow they’ll go play 11:30, come back and we’ve got some work to do because we can get a little rest in. The real make-it-take-it call is playing every day keeps you in the game.

My job as weapons expert is to keep those weapons ready to fire.

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