PARIS, France - On Tuesday evening at the Open GDF SUEZ in Paris, tennis welcomed back one of 2013's breakthrough acts: the WTA Live All Access Hour presented by Xerox.
The first episode of the new season, presented by the voice of tennis Andrew Krasny, featured several of the game's biggest names talking about everything from pre-season training to prog rock.
So, what did we learn from our first backstage pass of the year?
1) Maria Sharapova is a busy lady
If she's not winning matches and picking up trophies, Maria has her hands full tending to her burgeoning business empire, preparing for her role as a presenter at the upcoming Winter Olympics and honing her yoga skills.
2) Unique prize
In addition to a prestigious trophy and a sizeable cheque, the winner of this year's WTA Championships in Singapore will have an orchid named after them.
3) Catching up with Marion
Judging by the near-permanent smile she seems to be sporting nowadays, Marion Bartoli is rather enjoying life after tennis. She's even following in Maria's footsteps and tapping into her entrepreneurial spirit.
Andrew may need to work on his coin tossing skills, but he's none too shabby when it comes speaking Mandarin. Unfortunately, the same can't be said for most of his guests on Tuesday night.