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Nadal, Ferrer Take Centre Stage

Nishikori© Barcelona Open Banc SabadellKei Nishikori assists with the Barcelona draw ceremony.

It hasn't all been about tennis for the players at this week’s two ATP World Tour tournaments. provides a recap of the highlights.

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Kei Nishikori marked his return to the ATP World Tour on Saturday, as he participated in the Barcelona Open Banc Sabadell draw ceremony in front of the majestic Catedral de Barcelona. Actor Jordi Rios, Real Club Tenis Barcelona president Albert Agustí and tournament director Albert Costa were on hand for the ceremony, which drew thousands of tennis fans to the plaza.

Nishikori also took time away from the practice court to watch FC Barcelona in action at Camp Nou. “Had a lot of fun at the soccer tonight,” he posted with a photo on Facebook. “Amazing place. And the seats were so close to the field.”

A few days after facing off on one of the most picturesque courts on the ATP World Tour in Monte-Carlo, Spaniards Rafael Nadal and David Ferrer reunited Monday evening in another stunning setting: the stage of the historic ‘Gran Teatre del Liceu’. The top two seeds played on a court set up in Barcelona’s opera house, founded in 1847 on La Rambla.

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“It was a beautiful experience,” said Ferrer, a four-time Barcelona finalist. “I never had the opportunity to be here at the Liceu. I had seen it from the outside but I never came in. It was spectacular.”

The visit had extra significance for Nadal, who said he would cherish his memories of the experience.

“Obviously I’m very happy I was able to play at the Liceu,” he said. “It’s one of the most emblematic places in Barcelona. I really love music and I have a grandfather who was an orchestra conductor. I had already been here before but it had been a while since the last time I came. This is one is one of those pictures I will keep forever.” 

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Marius Copil, Andrei Pavel, Martin Emmrich and Christopher Kas learnt how to cook mussels, receiving instructions from Romanian Master Chef Catalin Scarlatescu.

The German doubles pair of Emmrich and Kas admitted that they usually did not spend a lot of time in the kitchen, and Emmrich shared that he’d never even tasted mussels before. “This will for sure not be the last time that I eat this,” he said.

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