By Rebekah Clark

How I Wind Down… With Priscilla Hon

The up-and-coming pro tennis player takes us through her nighttime routine

Whether we are escaping the mundanity of our post-restricted lives or the messiness of our social media feeds, a woman’s night time routine has become a much-needed tool to disconnect and relax. In a series “How I Wind Down…”, we speak to lot of different women about how they prepare for a restful evening.

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Photo: Courtesy of Aje Athletica

As the Australian summer of tennis continues, you’re bound to see come familiar faces. Priscilla Hon is one of them after she stole the show at the 2022 Adelaide International after she pipped two-time Grand Slam champion Petra Kvitova. Now ranked no. 5 in Australia she’s the rising star to watch this season. It’s fitting of course that she earned herself an on-court apparel sponsorship with AJE ATHLETICA who will for the first time dress a professional athlete for the upcoming events.

Combining a sense of fashion-forward activewear, new fibre innovations and vintage sportswear silhouettes, the capsule is bound to turn heads. With Hon setting her sights firmly on the coming months we touched base with the athlete to gain insight into her wind down routine – an important component to her game plan.

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GRAZIA: Can you describe your night-time beauty routine?

“I would barely call it a skincare routine, but I use Proactive green tea moisturiser. I have to admit, I definitely need to be better at my skincare on a general level.”

How do you wind down after a busy day?

“After a long busy day, I like to have a long shower, get in my lounge clothes, and sit on the couch with the food channel on in the background.”

Do you have a specific time you like to go to sleep/wake up?

“I start to wind down for bed around 9:45pm and I wake just before 7am.”

Do you plan the next day’s look the night before or in the morning? If so, what’s your go-to look for an easy morning the next day?

“On match days, I always have my look ready the night before, and sorted out in my tennis bag. If I don’t have a match and it’s just a training day, I don’t plan it ahead. A go-to look for an easy morning would be a loose comfortable pair of shorts with a tank top and a loose thin jacket with sneakers.”

Photo: Courtesy of Aje Athletica
You are known for being a foodie, what does your day on a plate look like? Breakfast, lunch and dinner?

“In a way I’ve become the go-to person to ask amongst the players for restaurant recommendations which feels quite special. Training days – breakfast: coffee, and toast with almond butter and banana. Lunch: ranges a lot. One fave is brown rice, salmon and avo bowl (with kewpie mayo, soy sauce and garlic chilli oil) that I make at home. Dinner: I like to change dinner up a lot and I go out to eat at restaurant a fair bit but at the moment I’ve been having Vietnamese pho a lot.”

What practices do you do to stay mindful and keep grounded?

“Honestly, I’m still trying to find what exactly works for me. I do really need to switch off from tennis when I’m not training or in competition. Tennis is 90 percent a mental game, so if I feel like I haven’t been able to switch off and hang out with friends, and talk and think about other things, I feel incredibly drained. Having friends that aren’t involved in tennis really helps with that. Traveling almost eight months a year for tennis has indirectly made me a foodie, and on tour, the only time I really get to switch off and explore the city I’m in is at night, so I really treasure those moments and make time to find places to eat that excite me.”

This article originally appeared on GRAZIA USA.