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U.S. Open postcard: Preparing Serena Williams for the final |

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New York — Today was a practice day, which started at 11 a.m. and lasted until 12:30 p.m. We ended up practicing next to Serena’s opponent, Victoria Azarenka, for Sunday’s 3 p.m. (New York time) championship match.

Once practice was over, Serena and I, along with her coach Patrick Mouratoglou and Esther Lee (Serena’s physical therapist) went up to the U.S. Open Fitness Center to stretch and perform some light sport specific work.

Afterward, I travelled with Serena and Esther back to our hotel to start the process of rest and recovery.

My wife, Sandy, and I will take in the musical “Chicago” Saturday night. Sunday may bring the beginning of the NFL season, but here in New York most eyes will be on the women’s championship match, followed Monday by the men’s final.

I’ll watch that match on the plane ride back home. Hopefully, with a big final win — Serena style.

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