OFF-COURT ACTIVITIES 2014
Berdych Goes To Cooking School
by ATP Staff|
It hasn't all been about tennis for the players at this week’s two ATP World Tour tournaments. ATPWorldTour.com provides a recap of the highlights.
Portugal Open – Oeiras, Portugal
Tomas Berdych took a lesson from local chef Nuno Queiroz Ribeiro, cooking a seared tuna dish. “It was very interesting,” said the World No. 6. “It looked very difficult at the beginning, but at the end – after listening to all of the chef’s tips – it was quite easy to do.”
When asked whether it would mean he will cook more, Berdych firmly said, “No.”
“First of all, I don’t have enough time to do all that and my girlfriend [Ester Satorova] cooks really well. If I get more time I will try and help her – if she lets me. It is a great hobby though.”
Guillermo Garcia-Lopez swapped his tennis clothes for a wet suit, setting off from Torres Beach for a fun morning on a jet ski. “The experience was really nice,” he said. “It’s one of the best activities I’ve done with the ATP. It is a unique experience to be able to go on a jet ski at high speed on the ocean." Read More & Watch
Acrophobiac Milos Raonic got his heart racing as he scaled the 100-foot mast of Team Alvimedica’s boat with WTA star Elena Vesnina. Raonic said, “It takes a little bit to get used to, but after you pass half way the rest seems a little bit easier. It’s fun and it was a good experience. My heart rate monitor went up to the 140s. I’m not good with heights so I’m happy I did this.” Read More
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Portugal’s Joao Sousa and Rui Machado enjoyed an afternoon playing golf at the Jamor Golf Club. “I had a good time with Joao here,” said Machado. “He won the hole, so I’ve got to buy him dinner. I think it was a great experience for both, and I enjoyed it a lot.” Read More & Watch
Dmitry Tursunov visited Casal da Manteiga, a local winery in Oeiras, accompanied by WTA star Samantha Stosur. The pair learned about the production process and tasted a few wines.
“They don’t use their feet to separate the juice from the grapes," said Tursunov, regarding the most interesting thing he learned during the visit. "Also, that you can’t drink it for the first five years. You have to keep it in a barrel and apparently the choices of wood enhance the flavors. It’s all very interesting.” Read More
Men’s and women’s players enjoyed an evening out at the official player party of the Portugal Open, held at one of Lisbon’s most popular night clubs, Main. Watch Video
BMW Open by FWU AG – Munich, Germany
Defending champion Tommy Haas headed to the Munich airport before the start of the BMW Open by FWU AG, not for a flight, but rather for the official draw ceremony. The 36 year old was joined by Germany’s youngest player in the draw, 17-year-old Alexander Zverev, on a tennis court set up outside of Terminal 2 to promote the ATP World Tour 250 tournament. “I always feel well in Munich and I love playing here,” said Haas. Read More
Haas mingled with fellow ATP World Tour stars and celebrities at the BMW Open player party, held at Rilano No. 6 in the heart of Munich. Among those in attendance were Philipp Kohlschreiber, Dustin Brown, Lleyton Hewitt, Mikhail Youzhny, Feliciano Lopez, former German Foreign Minister Guido Westerwelle, boxer Regina Halmich, actor Oliver Pocher and former goalkeeper Jens Lehmann. View Gallery
Tournament Director Patrik Kuhnen and Fabian Tross, Managing Director of the Iphitos Club, received an award from ATP CEO Europe Laurent Delanney, celebrating the BMW Open’s 25 years on the ATP World Tour. The ATP is commemorating the equal partnership between players and tournaments throughout the 2014 season.