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What I did on my summer vacation: Tennis players kick back and relax

Maria Sharapova and Grigor Dimitrov arrive at Los Angeles International Airport. Photo: GVK/Bauer-Griffin/GC Images

Maria Sharapova and Grigor Dimitrov arrive at Los Angeles International Airport.

The month after Wimbledon is the slowest time of the tennis season, and it comes at just the right time. For the players, it's been non-stop action since March, when the tennis tour returned to North America with Indian Wells and Miami. It then quickly transitioned to European clay through the French Open, and finished with the four-week grass season, culminating with Wimbledon. With no ATP Masters 1000 or WTA Premier 5 events until August, now is the time to leave the rackets in the bag and relax.

Here's what the top tennis players are doing on their summer vacations:

Wimbledon champion Petra Kvitova is back home in the Czech Republic. Staring at trees and rocking out.

 

Rafael Nadal, who won his ninth French Open title in June, hit up Ibiza before heading back home to Mallorca.

 

Speaking of Mallorca, Ana Ivanovic hung out on the beach with friends before flying back to England to attend her brother's graduation.

 

 

One French Open title and a Wimbledon semifinal? Yeah, Grigor Dimitrov and Maria Sharapova have earned their beach time.

 

Milos Raonic, fresh off his first Grand Slam semifinal, went for a hit with Steve Nash (and yes, that's Gus Wenner, former Rolling Stone editor and now head of digital for Wenner Media).

 

Jelena Jankovic, well, who knows where she is. But she brings the party (and the light and joy).

Donna Vekic is doing what Donna Vekic does:

 

I guess everyone's at the beach.

 

Caroline Wozniacki hit the beach with friends to celebrate her 24th birthday and she's back on court this week, headlining the Istanbul Cup. 

 

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