Anett Kontaveit took a unique approach to preparations for the Ladies Championship Gstaad this week, trekking into the surrounding Swiss Alps to sample the local cheese produce.
The 21-year-old, who reached the third round at Wimbledon earlier this month, visited the ‘Fondue Caquelon Schlittmoos’, an oversized fondue pot in the mountains near Gstaad.
Visitors to the village are given backpacks containing the necessary ingredients and cooking utensils, before making their way to the beauty spot, melting their cheese and enjoying the view.
Kontaveit enjoyed the excursion, adding to her appreciation of Switzerland. "The nature is so beautiful," she said of the surrounding countryside. "That's something that you don't really see at other tournaments."
Surprised to learn her Estonian compatriots consume more cheese per capita than the Swiss - "No way, I can not believe that!" - Kontaveit took inspiration from her visit into her opening match of the tournament on Tuesday. The third seed beat the Italian qualifier, Martina Trevisan, in straight sets, losing just four games.