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Vesely, Thiem Among 11 Graduates Of ATP University

Miami, U.S.A.

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Rising ATP World Tour stars Jiri Vesely and Dominic Thiem were among 11 players to graduate from the ATP University in Miami this weekend.

Players were schooled in fields including media relations, finance, anti-corruption, marketing, rules and officiating, medical services, nutrition and giving back. To keep their games sharp, players also found time to journey to the venue of next week’s Sony Open Tennis, Crandon Park, where Brazil’s Marcelo Demoliner practised with Juan Martin del Potro.

“I really liked the media education,” said Czech World No. 77 Vesely, the 2013 ATP Star Of Tomorrow presented by Emirates award winner. “As a tennis player it’s very important to know how to speak to the media and to present an image of yourself that you want. I’ve enjoyed the University a lot. It’s very nice to spend three days with fellow young players like this ahead of the start of the tournament.”

“My favourite part was about social media,” said Thiem, the 20-year-old World No. 101 Austrian who last month pushed Andy Murray to three sets in the Rotterdam second round. “It was helpful to learn about the best ways to use all the networks like Twitter and Facebook. Everything was interesting. I liked hearing from the President of the Buenos Aires tournament [Miguel Nido], and I got an idea of how much work there is to set up a tournament and how a tournament’s finances work.”

Brazil’s World No. 165 Guilherme Clezar said, “I really enjoyed the first day when we got an understanding of how the ATP works. It was also a great opportunity to get to know some other players who I didn’t know so well, and meet up with others who I have grown up with in the juniors.”

The other attendees were Thomas Fabbiano (Italy), Marton Fucsovics (Hungary), Frenchmen Guillaume Rufin and Pierre-Hugues Herbert, Bradley Klahn (USA), Aleksandr Nedovyesov (Kazakhstan) and Alejandro Gonzalez (Colombia), who pushed World No. 2 Novak Djokovic to three sets in Indian Wells last week.

Almost 900 players have graduated from the University since it was established in 1990.

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