Naomi Osaka will kick off her first season as a Top 5 player at the Brisbane International, and heading Down Under early has given her the chance to take in the sights...
...and enjoy a rare practice opportunity with a fellow US Open champion, Andy Murray.
"I don’t know why you let me hit with you but thank you," the ever-modest Osaka captioned on Instagram.
Murray was equally effusive in his praise of the Japanese youngster in his Instagram caption.
"I think you missed about 2 balls in 30 minutes...and also for the advice on Japanese!"
Also in view was former Top 10 star Andrea Petkovic, who snapped a selfie with her team on Brisbane's Center Court with a cameo from Osaka's coach, Sascha Bajin.
— Andrea Petkovic (@andreapetkovic) December 27, 2018
Meanwhile, the season has just about begun for the game's best players. Wimbledon semifinalist Julia Goerges tweeted a photo from the plane before heading off to Auckland's ASB Classic.
— Jule Goerges✌️🇩🇪 (@juliagoerges) December 26, 2018
Venus Williams touched down in Abu Dhabi to play a Mubadala World Tennis Classic exhibition with sister Serena.
— Venus Williams (@Venuseswilliams) December 26, 2018
Still, the off-season certainly went by too quickly for some, like Katerina Siniakova, who tweeted a wistful Christmas photo of her and her dog underneath the tree.