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|Sloane Stephens has a full plate in New York, between commitments to sponsors and playing singles, women's doubles and mixed doubles.|
It was a mixed doubles day Wednesday with Rajeev Ram!
I had a take-out lunch. We grabbed sandwiches (Italian sub for me!) and ate on our way to the tournament site. I arrived onsite early because I had a couple of commitments with Esurance and American Express. Both involved U.S. Open fans out on the grounds, so of course I had a great time. I also visited the WTA physio to take care of my body. Nothing's going on, I'm just trying to stay ahead of the game.
At 4 p.m. it was time to warm up on the P courts. I hit with USTA coaches Troy Hahn and David Nainkin. We had a solid hit -- not too strenuous, just focusing on serves and volleys. Rajeev had a singles match earlier Wednesday so we didn't start our mixed match until 8 p.m.
By then, I was ready to play. It felt like we had been sitting around all day but it really wasn't too bad. We got off to a great start! Rajeev has unbelievable hands! I'm so lucky to be playing with this guy; I was watching him while playing and thinking, "Dang, this guy is good!" We had a great time out on Court 4 and the bonus was winning the match tiebreaker 10-8.
After the match, I got to visit with my two good Florida tennis friends who attend West Point. It was so good to see Larraine Saavedra and Erin Colton. I love you guys. My neighbors from home were also there. It's crazy, I never see my neighbors at home, but I've seen them on the road at Wimbledon and the U.S. Open this year. They travel a lot for business; I thought I traveled a lot!
I finally arrived at the hotel at 10:45 p.m. and I ordered room service because everything was closed, and I was too tired to go out to eat. I wasn't even hungry at that point! On Thursday, I've got singles on Louis Armstrong and doubles with my partner, Timea Babos. I can't wait to play with Timi again -- we always have a great time on the court no matter what. It's going to be another very long day.