Even though Mattek-Sands has played a heavy schedule, she will continue to play doubles with Mirza. But she has decided not to play mixed doubles at the French Open with Horia Tecau unless she loses early in singles, even though they've have success together.
Like John McEnroe, Mattek-Sands prefers playing doubles to practicing as she likes to be in match mode. But that doesn't mean that she won’t put in intense sessions on the practice court, like she Tuesday at the Patrick Mouratoglou Academy just outside of Paris, when she drilled with his most famous student, Serena.
Both are hoping to still be around Paris when the second week of the tournament rolls around.
"She was ripping the ball and she’s feeling good," Mattek-Sands said. "She said, ‘I’ll hit ground strokes all day so just tell me what you want to do.’ So I said, ‘You can crack some to me at net ’cause I’m ready.’ We had a few rallies where felt was coming off the ball and I’m just blocking them back. It was a great practice."
Queen Beth had been practicing with LordRena in Mouratoglou Academy.