2011 US Open: What Christina Mchale Said, Really Meant and Definitely Did Not

Linus FernandesAnalyst IISeptember 3, 2011

NEW YORK, NY - SEPTEMBER 02:  Christina McHale returns a shot to Maria Kirilenko of Russia during Day Five of the 2011 US Open at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center on September 2, 2011 in the Flushing neighborhood of the Queens borough of New York City.  (Photo by Matthew Stockman/Getty Images)
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What she said:

“And, yeah, it feels like you’re on an airplane.”

Christina Mchale compares her experience in a CVAC Pod to being on an aircraft. The pressurised egg has evoked intense curiosity in the press corps after Novak Djokovic attributed (and then denied) his success this year, partly to his utilization of the technology that simulates altitude training.

The rest of the conversation:

Q.  The pressurized air? 
Q.  You did it the same place that Novak did it, the same house? 
Q.  How long were you in it? 
CHRISTINA McHALE:  I mean, it’s like little sessions.  I don’t even remember, like seven minute sessions. 
Q.  When I get off an airplane I feel terrible. 
CHRISTINA McHALE:  I didn’t do it enough to be able to give you like an expert opinion on it.  I don’t know.

What she really meant:

“I’ll just fly more often if that works. I have to, anyway.”

What she definitely didn’t:

“Now, I wonder if I can get CVAC to serve meals while I’m in there.”