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(AP) -- Usually at this point in the offseason, pro tennis player Melanie Oudin is putting in at least six hours a day of court time and fitness work.
Right now, as the 2009 U.S. Open quarterfinalist recovers from a muscle-damaging condition she says caused her arms to swell "like balloons," Oudin is under doctor's orders to limit herself to one hour a day of running. Nothing more: no racket-swinging, and definitely no weightlifting.
The 22-year-old American is not sure when she will be back playing tennis and might not be on tour by next month's Australian Open. She knows she will need to skip the tournament in Auckland, New Zealand, that begins Dec. 30.