OFF-COURT ACTIVITIES 2014
Nadal's Rio Adventures; Take A Tour Of Anderson's Household
by ATP Staff|
It has been a busy few days off the court for players at this week’s three ATP World Tour tournaments. ATPWorldTour.com provides a recap of the highlights.
Rio Open Presented By Claro Hdtv – Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Rafael Nadal arrived in Rio de Janeiro, for the inaugural ATP World Tour 500 clay-court tournament, to great fanfare. Watch Nadal's Welcome To Rio
On Saturday, the World No. 1 visited Christ the Redeemer, a 30-metre statue of Jesus Christ, that sits at the peak of the Corcovado mountain in Rio de Janeiro. Watch Nadal Visit Christ The Redeemer
The following day, he continued his tour by taking in a football game – Vasco da Gama vs. Flamengo – at the famous stadium at Maracanã, venue of the 2014 World Cup final. Watch Nadal's Trip to The Maracanã
Watch Nadal Visit The Maracanã (Video courtesy: Rio Open)
Delray Beach Open by The Venetian® Las Vegas – Delray Beach, United States
Very few players are able to sleep in their own bed when they are competing in an ATP World Tour event, but Kevin Anderson is able to do so in Delray Beach. Anderson and his wife, Kelsey, gave fans a tour of their house and the reasons behind settling in Florida. Take A Tour of The Anderson Household
Michael Russell, who reached his third ATP World Tour semi-final of his career last week in Memphis, met with children from the Starlight Foundation on Monday, while U.S. No. 1 John Isner (pictured) stopped by for the USTA Appreciation Day and Eric Butorac spoke to Carl Foster about his doubles success with Raven Klaasen at the Michelob ultra bar. Golfing great Greg Norman watched Lleyton Hewitt's first match on Tuesday.
Sushi lover Kei Nishikori got a unique opportunity for a sushi-making lesson with renowned chef and restaurateur Masaharu Morimoto on Wednesday at the Boca Raton Resort & Club on Wednesday, where Morimoto’s sushi bar opened in 2008. Morimoto understands and appreciates sport and athletic accomplishments; prior to becoming a chef he was drafted as a catcher in Japan’s major league.
Open 13 – Marseille, France
Top seed Richard Gasquet spoke to 1987 Wimbledon champion Pat Cash for a CNN Open Court feature on Monday. The 27-year-old has won two ATP World Tour titles as the top seed, emerging victorious at 2007 Mumbai and 2013 Moscow. Nicolas Mahut signed autographs for young fans at the children’s village before a FedEx meet and greet, while Andreas Seppi led a kids clinic and then signed autographs at CSD Fontainieu.