Re: Team USA's Fed Cup Thread - Sloane blog, Practice Pics of Everyone
Christina McHale - Feb. 2
I practiced with Serena this morning, which is still a little odd to say, but it is cool. She has been really nice and it is really good practice for me. I think every day I am getting more used to the indoor hardcourt here. For me, I think it is medium speed, a little bit fast. I am playing also on an indoor hardcourt at the tournament in Paris next week and the similar surface and conditions is one of the reasons I decided to play an indoor tournament after Fed Cup.
It can be a big switch from playing outside in the heat to indoors but at least last week I was training at home at the USTA Billie Jean King National Training Center in New York so it is not like I came right from the heat of Australia here.
Yesterday we had a tennis clinic for kids here in Worcester, which is fun for me. I have only two or three other ones like that. It is fun because when we practice it so serious, so it is nice to do something related to tennis that is just relaxed. The team had a question-and-answer period with the kids after we hit and some of the questions were funny, like someone asked me what was my favorite subject in school. A few were disappointed to hear it wasn’t math but history instead. They were all cute and some of them were really getting the hang of hitting the ball and playing really well.
I will also add that I am so excited and psyched about our new team tracksuits. They changed the color from white to navy (with red and white stripes down the arms and legs) and they have the coolest sleeves, the cuffs are fitted, and are by far the best tracksuits of any country.
We all went to dinner together last night and tonight is the official dinner but the matches are getting closer, so we need to be doing our best to prepare and stay focused!