FIRST QUARTER REVIEW 2014
Best Off-Court Moments Of 2014
by ATP Staff|
With the ATP World Tour spanning 30 countries, the players get the chance to visit some of the most diverse, sun-kissed and iconic cities in the world. When they haven’t been training or playing matches this season, the stars have had the chance to try their hand at some fun off-court activities, including simulated skydiving and swimming with dolphins.
On his debut at the Brisbane International, Roger Federer got up close and personal with the furry natives, feeding kangaroos and cuddling koalas at the Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary, while at the same time, across the globe in Doha, Rafael Nadal was tying himself in knots during a magic trick demonstration. Watch Federer Video
David Ferrer and Radek Stepanek proved they had a head for heights, with Ferrer climbing the Auckland Harbour Bridge and Stepanek getting a bird’s eye view of the Sydney skyline with girlfriend Petra Kvitova at the top of the Sydney Tower Eye.
Ahead of the inaugural Rio Open, Nadal took the chance to do some sightseeing in the famed Brazilian city, which is set to host the 2014 FIFA World Cup and the 2016 Olympics. The Spaniard visited Cristo Redentor (Christ the Redeemer), a 30-metre statue of Jesus Christ that sits at the peak of the Corcovado mountain, as well as taking in a football game at the Maracana, which will host the World Cup final.
Watch Nadal Sightseeing In Rio
“It is one of the most spectacular things I have ever seen," Nadal said of Christ the Redeemer. "It is very beautiful, with the surrounding mountains it is an amazing view. The statue is fantastic. It is great to be in Rio.” Read & Watch
In Dubai, Novak Djokovic was the guest of HH Shiekh Hamdan Bin Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Crown Prince of Dubai, at his private wind tunnel, as he and coach Boris Becker tried a simulated skydiving experience. Watch Video
Grigor Dimitrov experienced the best of Acapulco, where he would go on to win the title, when he and WTA rising star Eugenie Bouchard flew over Acapulco Bay in a helicopter before boarding a yacht for a hit on a mini tennis court platform. The pair ended the excursion by diving into the water. “This is definitely the best experience I've ever had on tour," said Dimitrov. "It is pretty special and we definitely have something to talk about in the future." Read & Watch
Australian Open champion Stanislas Wawrinka was given the Hollywood treatment on his arrival in LA, ahead of playing the BNP Paribas Open in Indian Wells. The Swiss visited Universal Studios, where he took a walk down Wisteria Lane (the fictional street from popular TV show, Desperate Housewives), and concluded his day at the Staples Center, where he met LA Kings forward Mike Richards before watching his first NHL game. Read & Watch
Roger Federer took his young family to Walt Disney World Florida ahead of the Sony Open Tennis in Miami - “Had the best time @WaltDisneyWorld thanks a lot to everyone! #flying #familytime #chillaxing,” tweeted the Swiss, - while Fabio Fognini and Tommy Robredo were among the ATP and WTA stars to have the chance to swim with dolphins at the Miami Seaquarium. Watch Seaquarium Video