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Tipsarevic Reaches New Heights In Bogota

Bogota, Colombia

Falla, Giraldo, Tipsarevic© Claro Open ColombiaAlejandro Falla, Santiago Giraldo and Janko Tipsarevic play tennis from the highest point of Bogota.

Top seed Janko Tipsarevic and Colombians Santiago Giraldo and Alejandro Falla helped celebrate the ATP World Tour’s return to Bogota, playing mini tennis from the highest point of the city Sunday to promote the start of the Claro Open Colombia.

The players rode a Chiva, a typical Colombian method of transportation, to the Colpatria Bank Tower, where they had a hit and took in panoramic views from the helipad at 2600 metres above sea level.   

“Chiva was something new,” said Tipsarevic. “I never had the experience to drive in a vehicle like that, other than an Indian tuk tuk. It was really interesting and a nice experience.

“We went on the 46th floor of the highest building in Bogota and it was a beautiful day, so the view was amazing. Other than that, my actual first practice was on the tennis court which was set up up there. It was a great experience and Bogota is a beautiful city. I’ve only been there for one day and I already love it.”

The Claro Open Colombia is being staged on hard courts at the Centro de Alto Rendimiento, the same venue that hosted an ATP World Tour event from 1997-2002.

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