When it comes to the world’s tennis elite, it’s a work hard, play hard mentality.
The tennis season is one of the longest and most intense in the professional sports world, running from January to November, so holidays are precious and the pros have it down to an art. If you follow the world’s best on social media from November to January, expect to see plenty of beach snaps and luxe holiday porn.
Between lightning sets and sweat sessions on the court, these top-tier players like to spend their down time in some of the most beautiful and luxurious locations around the globe. Before our favourite court giants battle it out at this year’s Australian Open (kicking off January 14, 2019), we take a look at the spectacular spots they like to get away to.
The Serbian world No.1 Novak Djokovic, 31, set off with wife Jelena to dreamy Maldives following a loss at the ATP Finals in London.
The duo snuck in some supremo relaxation time, trying meditation, open-air yoga, stand-up paddleboarding, relaxing in a tropical “love nest”, and catching some of those famous Maldivian sunsets.
Jelena revealed to her Instagram followers “My biggest social media guilty pleasure is finding sunrises and sunsets from around the world.. they feel like one of Mother Nature’s most precious gifts to us and they help teach my kids the wonders of life.”
Spanish pro Rafael Nadal, currently ranked no.2 in the world, missed the ATP Finals this year while on the mend from an ankle operation. So he took the compulsory down time as an opportunity to relax in his beloved Mallorca, followed by a dreamy yacht charter around postcard-perfect Exumas, Bahamas with fiancée, Maria Francisca Perella.
Naturally the tennis star, with an estimated net worth of US$160 million, relaxed in style, posting photos from the Air Europa Business bag drop beforehand.
After some intense pre-season training in Dubai to prepare him for the harsh Australian climate, tennis veteran Roger Federer, 37, touched down in Perth, Western Australia to compete in the Hopman Cup, first visiting the state’s famous Pinnacles, a desolate patch likened to the surface of the moon and a major tourist attraction (check it out in the click above). There, he played tennis with local children at Nambung National Park and marvelled at the desertscape, which he admitted to reporters was unlike any desert he’d ever come across.
He also managed to sneak in an Aussie vacay to WA’s Rottnest Island, sharing holiday snaps with his 5.6 million Insta-followers.
“Made it back to Rottnest Island,” the champ captioned a photo of himself at the beach on Instagram Stories. “An old friend joined me for lunch,” he added, along with the hashtag #quokkaselfie, sharing an image of one of the island’s photogenic locals.
Federer then went on to made history by becoming the first person to take out three Hopman Cup titles. What a legend.
At just 21, Alexander Zverev is youngest top 10 ranked following a record win in London. But rather than spend his pre-season break partying and celebrating like a typical 21-year-old, Zverev followed in Federer’s footsteps with a holdiay in Rottnest Island with his gorgeous girlfriend Olya Sharypova.
“Hello my little friends. It was so nice to meet you today #quokaselfie #MineIsBetterThenRogers [sic],” he captioned the picture of himself with a quokka, taking a dig at the tennis pro while he’s at it.
Juan Martin del Potro
Argentina’s affectionately known Delpo, 30, suffered a knee injury, which took him out of the London finals. Naturally, the athlete used the time-out to perch himself somewhere luscious and tropical, all the while spruiking Rolex as part of a partnership with the watch brand.
Flying the flag for Croatia, this singles ranked world No.3 player is one to watch at this year’s Australian Open, after placing as runner-up last year. This year, however, he’ll have his new wife by his side to support him through the tough tournament.
The 30-year-old tied the knot with girlfriend Kristina Milkovic last year in the off-season, holidaying in the idyllic Caribbean, while learning to bodysurf, recharging on a secluded stretch of sand, and even squeezing in some pre-season beach jogging with his “stand-in trainer” wifey.
Aussie tennis pro and cricketer Ash Barty spent her November down-time golfing on Tassie’s stunning Barnbougle seaside course with boyfriend Garry Kissick, bumping into a few golfing legends while she was at it. Barty also took a page out of Federer’s book and enjoyed a final pre-season sojourn in Rottnest Island, likewise making pals with adorable marsupials. In fact, she even gave her tiny quokka friend a name.
“I made a friend #GarryforGetty,” the star captioned an Instagram post.
The 2018 world No.1 has spent some quality time in her home country of Romania during the shoulder-season, sharing photos of snow-clad Bucharest. The pro stayed active, going skiing with friends and family, including her Aussie coach Darren Cahill.
German player and former world No.1 Angelique Kerber enjoyed a holiday at the luxurious Amilla Fushi in the Maldives, a $1500-a-night resort frequented by such VIPs as Leonardo DiCaprio. Though the savvy celeb mixed business with pleasure, with a morning yoga post sponsored by Adidas. As well as her morning ‘om’ habit, Kerber spent time cycling around the island, jumping from piers, and rediscovering her love of scuba diving.
This Danish former world No.1 slid into the off-season in November at one of the world’s most lavish tropical resorts, Soneva Jani in the Maldives, posting this incredible video of her private two-story water retreat, complete with waterslide and retractable roof. It really is as amazing as it looks.
The player found time between slides to live out all of our mermaid fantasies, too.
Ekrainian champ Elina Svitolina, 24, showed off her bikini bod on Instagram while holidaying at Club Med Finolhu Villas in the Maldives.
Captured dangling over the Maldives’ crystalline waters in a white two-piece, the beauty captioned the photo simply: “Life on the edge.. ( not really ) #clubmedfinolhu”.
The Japanese pro player posted this stunning shot from her Instagram account back in November. You may recognise the hotel from the film Lost in Translation — the views are hard to top, and the athlete has her influencer style down to an art.
This US legend needs little introduction. The mum and entrepreneur is one of the hardest working players in the biz, but she still found time to take daughter Olympia for her first dip in the ocean back in November.
More recently Serena has been chilling poolside in Perth with this cute bundle ahead of her Australian Open appearance.