With exactly one week before the start of the 2015 tennis season, the world’s elite have been preparing for – and descending on – their various season-opening locales…
…And posting their travels on social media. These are their stories. -dun dun-
Eating ice cream after a bad breakup? So 2014. Ana Ivanovic and Angelique Kerber celebrated the start of their doubles partnership (for Brisbane, at least) with a Cold Stone date in Dubai.
Ana Ivanovic (@AnaIvanovic) December 16, 2014
One of the biggest stories of the off-season was the hiring of Martina Navratilova by World No. 6 – and reigning WTA Fan Favorite – Agnieszka Radwanska. Not only did Radwanska hit the courts with her new mentor over the holidays…
Day 1 👍😀🎾 http://t.co/E9EGwFaf1E—
Aga Radwanska (@ARadwanska) December 27, 2014
Martina Navratilova (@Martina) December 27, 2014
…but she also spent some time training with an old friend – Caroline Wozniacki.
Caroline Wozniacki (@CaroWozniacki) December 29, 2014
Also on the coaching front, rumors were swirling earlier this week that rising American Taylor Townsend had hired Wim Fissette as her new coach. But she denied those reports, and is off to Australia with coaches Zina Garrison and Kamau Murray.
Taylor Townsend (@Taylor_Townsen) December 29, 2014
Elsewhere – in an apparently much colder part of the world – Aleksandra Krunic looked set to start next season in Shenzhen, China. The Serb is now ranked inside the Top 100 courtesy of a season-ending ITF title in Ankara, Turkey, and the follow-up to her Cinderella run in Flushing Meadows is a story to keep an eye on in 2015.
On my way to Shenzhen... Hello 2015🎉 http://t.co/yEt7YmzjOg—
Aleksandra Krunic (@KrunicAlex) December 28, 2014
It seems as though Petra Kvitova doesn’t travel light.
Petra Kvitova (@Petra_Kvitova) December 29, 2014
Newlywed Mandy Minella looked pretty happy to be in Melbourne – a stopover on her journey to the ASB Classic in Auckland.
Minella married her coach, Tim Sommer, in October.
Andrea Hlavackova arrived in Auckland, and seemed to be much happier than…
…countrywoman Lucie Safarova , who hadn’t even left yet and was already missing home cooking.
To kick off 2015, the Italian is taking part in an exhibition in Hua Hin, Thailand that begins Wednesday, featuring Tomas Berdych, Milos Raonic, David Ferrer, John Isner and Richard Gasquet. He and Flavia Pennetta will then represent Italy in the Hopman Cup.
Julia Goerges is already in Melbourne; the German might hope to rekindle some good memories at the Australian Open. She twice reached the fourth round in Melbourne and beat Sara Errani in the first round last year, her only Top 10 win of 2014.
If you don’t Instagram your ticket and travel kicks, did you really even go anywhere? Victoria Azarenka and Benoit Paire might have those answers.
And really, does *anyone* know where Monica Puig is?