OFF-COURT ACTIVITIES 2014
Djokovic Flying High; Federer, Del Potro In Lap Of Luxury; Dimitrov Makes A Splash
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.
Dubai Duty Free Tennis Championships – Dubai, U.A.E.
Five-time Dubai champion Roger Federer took part in a special photo shoot at the iconic Burj Al Arab hotel. The Swiss sat down with tournament commentator, Annabel Croft, to talk about his love of Dubai and his favourite ways to spend free time in the city. Watch Interview
Juan Martin del Potro was invited by Emirates to experience the ultimate in luxury with their private AirbusA319 aircraft, Emirates Executive. Del Potro was offered traditional Arabic hospitality from two of Emirates Executive’s cabin crew with dates and Arabic coffee. Watch del Potro Video
Novak Djokovic and Boris Becker enjoyed a simulated skydiving session as guests of HH Shiekh Hamdan Bin Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Crown Prince of Dubai, at his private wind tunnel, operated by Inflight Dubai. Watch Djokovic’s Experience
Abierto Mexicano Telcel – Acapulco, Mexico
Grigor Dimitrov joined rising WTA star Eugenie Bouchard on a visit to the main Acapulco Bay, where the pair hopped on a helicopter and a yacht to land on a mini tennis court platform laid in the middle of the famous bay. It was the first time playing on a floating surface for both players, who decided to end their hit by taking a spectacular dive into the warm water. “This is definitely the best experience I’ve ever had on tour,” said Dimitrov. Read More & Watch
Feliciano Lopez, John Isner and Marcos Baghdatis all featured in beachside photo shoots for Elle Mexico and the tournament was kicked off in style on Sunday night with the dazzling player party, attended by all the players, including Andy Murray, Feliciano Lopez and Vasek Pospisil. Watch Player Party Video
On Friday, Pablo Andujar and Tigre Hank visited the CRIT Guerrero, a Centre for Youth Rehabilitation that helps children up to the age of 18 affected by autism, cancer and muscular disabilities.
“The experience was amazing,” said Hank. “I never had the chance to visit a CRIT Centre and it was a lot of fun to spend some time with the kids; it gave me a lot of happiness to be with them. It helped me to understand their daily issues and challenges; they try to find a way to overcome their issues and remain happy at the same time. The kids show some real inner strength and it was really inspiring.”
Andujar added: “It was an unforgettable experience to be with the kids. I’m very grateful to have done it because you realise what really matters in life. Personally I was very happy to help them a little bit to bring smiles to their faces.”
Brasil Open 2014 – Sao Paulo, Brazil
The Brasil Open 2014 Kids’ Day welcomed two special guests on Monday morning, with top seed Tommy Haas and third seed Marcel Granollers lending their expertise to proceedings. “I like playing tennis with kids, especially the ones that really love the sport,” said Haas. “It’s a very tough sport to learn, so I think in the end it comes down to the kids really enjoying being out here, trying to make it fun for them. Doing things like this and seeing some of the kids who have talent puts a smile on my face. So it is a lot of fun.” Read More