For a select few WTA stars, the grass season is the most beloved - and all-too-brief - time of year.
World No.2 Ashleigh Barty has been one of those in the past, with a record - 2011 Wimbledon girls' champion, 2017 Birmingham finalist, 2018 Nottingham winner - to match. For the Australian's first taste of Grand Slam success to come on the clay of Roland Garros last week may have been unexpected - but as she arrived in Birmingham today for next week's Nature Valley Classic, there's no better opportunity for Barty to keep her momentum going.
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Another young star whose success on clay doesn't preclude a fondness for grass is 18-year-old Iga Swiatek, who reached her maiden WTA Tour final in Lugano in April and followed that up by reaching the fourth round of Roland Garros on her debut. The Pole is also the reigning Wimbledon junior champion, though - and the lawns hold no fear for her as she showed off a tweener in practice. Meanwhile, 2016 Wimbledon girls' winner Anastasia Potapova is also eagerly anticipating this year's swing.
Meanwhile, WTA Finals champion Elina Svitolina and resurgent British No.1 Johanna Konta have been checking out the All England Club a little ahead of time.