Stars spotted on the return to tennis

 - Alex Sharp

We take a look at the tennis world across social media and what your favourite players are up to right now.

Garbine Muguruza smiling and kissing away the camera in front of vintage raquets at Roland-Garros©Corinne Dubreuil/FFT

There is less than a month to go until Roland-Garros 2020 and the world’s finest players are primed for battle within the confines of the courts in Paris.

Before that, many of the leading lights are out in Flushing Meadows, New York USA, hoping to taste Grand Slam glory at the US Open.

Meanwhile, some stars have opted to remain home to fine tune their preparations on the Road to Roland-Garros. Let’s take a look…

Novak Djokovic

“Great to have tennis back 🤩,” declared a delighted Novak Djokovic on his Instagram story over the weekend.

The world No.1 has set up camp in New York and is raring to go for the relocated Cincinnati Masters onsite of the US Open grounds.

The Roland-Garros 2016 champion, facing Ricardas Berankis on Monday, is protecting an unblemished 18-0 record so far in 2020.

Also, Djokovic has fond memories of this stretch of the season and his beaming smile on social media proves he’s relishing the return to competitive action. The Serbian completed his Career Golden Masters in Cincinnati in 2018, having also lifting the US Open trophy on three occasions.

Grand Slam No.18 is the clear cut goal, but with typical ‘DjokerNole’ humour a fresh cut was required. The world No.1 seems pretty happy with his new look…

Ash Barty

Reigning Roland-Garros champion Ash Barty decided not to travel to New York and has instead taken advantage of home comforts in Australia.

The Queenslander is evidently making the best of her time away from the Major arena by combining family time, walking her dogs and keeping her golf game sharp.

Time to recuperate ahead of a possible title defence on Court Philippe-Chatrier!

Roger Federer

Roger Federer is embracing local scenery up in the Swiss mountains as he continues his rehab from two knee surgeries.

The 20-time Grand Slam champion is making sure he’s in peak condition to target Major success in 2021.

Simona Halep

World No.2 Simona Halep opted to concentrate on a clay court campaign.

The Roland-Garros 2018 champion got off to the perfect start, with a title earlier this month in Prague.

Halep’s social media has been full of laughter and the 28-year-old appears simply elated to be back hustling and competing on court.

Dominic Thiem

Two-time Roland-Garros finalist Dominic Thiem is never shy of hard work.

The Austrian is participating in the Cincinnati-US Open stretch and as ever posted a series of pictures of his gruelling training regimes.

Over to Arthur Ashe Stadium, Thiem managed to deliver a ball across the arena in one impressive strike for Diego Schwartzman. He’ll hope his shots are this accurate throughout his Flushing Meadows stint.

Naomi Osaka

“Hi New York, it’s good to be back”

A simple statement, indicating a focus on the challenges ahead for the two-time Grand Slam champion.

Osaka, 2018 US Open winner, can’t be too stern on social media. The 22-year-old has continued to keep us entertained with witty captions, some choreographed dance moves and an exceptionally strong GIF game.

Her timelines are always worth a watch!

Stefanos Tsitsipas

It’s time to start living,” is as philosophical as ever from the Greek talisman.

Having talked about pressure and expectations extensively in the past few seasons, Stefanos Tsitsipas appears intent on enjoying the path and pursuit of Major success

The 22-year-old is competing in Cincinnati and the US Open, posting prior to the action this week, “Ready for the tennis party?”

Playing with more freedom might bring even more flair from the Tsitsipas racket.

Garbiñe Muguruza

Out of Cincinnati due to a left ankle complaint, the Spaniard still plans to duel at the US Open.

Social media posts have been a compelling combination of training insights and tongue in cheek fun.

Whether it is supporting Stan Wawrinka on her Instagram stories (watching the Swiss win the Prague Challenger last weekend) or revealing her yoga poses, Muguruza seems in a positive place ahead of gunning for a third major title.

Elina Svitolina and Gael Monfils

This tennis power couple continues to offer up comical and captivating social media content for fans.

They haven’t entered the US Open swing and will transfer all their energy into the Road to Roland-Garros.

Long may it continue and with these dance moves, who would doubt Monfils bringing more athletic magic to Roland-Garros once again?

Serena Williams

The look says it all. Serena Williams means business.

There is nothing new there. After five months away from competing, Serena will be fiercely determined to boost her 23 Grand Slam total on home soil.