The City Game

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Playing in New York City is always a tremendous thrill. To play in the Garden against my dear friend Serena, who is one of the all-time greats, was incredibly exciting. New York always has its own special buzz. There’s no better place to play. Serena and I both feed off the energy of these fans.

While tennis matches are always intense, I love playing the famed Madison Square Garden.

Here’s a diary of my day in the Big Apple.

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I start my day at my apartment around 8 a.m. with hair and makeup. I have a lot of interviews to do!
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Bright and early on our way to the arena.
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Serena and I share a laugh at the morning press conference … If only I could have heard the question we were asked.
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Signing autographs behind the scenes.
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One of many interviews during the day. Here, I sit down for a chat with ESPN.
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Out on the court. It’s a thrill to be in the Garden for tennis.
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It’s been awesome getting the opportunity to grow the game of tennis.
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Warming up. I feel good!
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I’m just thankful to be where I am and I’m enjoying every day.
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Serena and me hanging in the locker room before the match. We’re always on our phones.
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Entering the arena, the mood is electric.
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Taking center court with Serena at MSG. What a thrill!
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We battled, but Serena beat me. She’s tough to top.
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Packing up and heading out. We finished after midnight.
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The whole event was a blast. I hope we can do it again!
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Next stop: the Desert.

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