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U.S. Open postcard: Prepping for Serena William’s first match

New York – We have a late game tonight — the second game after the 7 p.m. match — on center court at the Arthur Ashe Stadium. I will go over early with Serena’s hitting coach, Sascha Bajin, at 3 p.m. to get prepared for the practice court warm up session, which will take place between 6-7 p.m.

Mackie and Sascha Bajin (Photo: Mackie Shilstone)

Mackie and Sascha Bajin (Photo: Mackie Shilstone)

The pre-game meal will follow, compliments of Chef Billy Strynkowski.

Earlier today, Serena and I had a light training session at her hotel.

These late games can make for a long day, especially when you consider that after the game, there is a post match recovery session to clear lactic acid – a by product of the stop and go, change of direction activities of tennis, along with a stretching session.

I usually have my pre-event meal, after I bring Serena her meal. Then it’s time for the mental preparation to kick in along with input from her coach Patrick Mouratoglou.

Then, right before the match, we have another warm up session in the U. S. Open Fitness Center to prepare the body for the ensuing match.

Let’s get ready to rumble – Big Apple style.

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