ROYAL GUARD OPEN CHILE
Dolgopolov, Carreno Busta Enjoy Bike Fun In Vina Del Mar
Vina del Mar, Chile
by ATP Staff|
Alexandr Dolgopolov and Pablo Carreno Busta, the ATP’s Most Improved Player of the Year award recipient in 2013, took time out from their preparations for the Royal Guard Open Chile on Sunday to take a bicycle ride along part of the Vina del Mar coastline.
Dolgopolov said, “We rode on the bikes along the beach. The weather is nice every day, it’s sunny, no rain. I came from -24 degrees Celsius so it’s good to be here.” Carreno Busta admitted, “I’ve always liked the cities by the seaside. The ride was really nice and the views were beautiful.”
The tournament’s president Jaime Fillol joined the debutants at the ATP World Tour 250 tournament on the ride. Dolgopolov has been drawn to face Daniel Gimeno-Traver in the first round, while Carreno Busta meets Filippo Volandri.
Dolgopolov, who is currently No. 53 in the Emirates ATP Rankings, is looking forward to this month’s Latin American clay-court swing.
“It’s a good swing to maybe get some [Emirates ATP Rankings] points, to get some matches and to have a little bit of advantage when the European clay swing starts [in April],” said Dolgopolov. “We will see how it goes, there are a lot of clay court players here and I got a wild card so that is really nice.”
World No. 64 Carreno Busta, who will be attempting to record his first match win of the 2014 season this week, said, “I already played three tournaments on hard courts and well, the results were not the best, but I did feel good on the court – especially towards the end. I have to take it day-by-day, play well, train well, and the results will come for sure.”
After he won four ATP Challenger Tour and seven ITF Futures titles last year, 22-year-old Carreno Busta realises that replicating his success this year will be tricky.
“I think that it will be almost impossible to win the same amount of tournaments as last season,” said Carreno Busta. “The most important thing is to maintain my ranking, keep playing with the players that are in ATP World Tour tournaments – the best players – and learn from them.”