OFF-COURT ACTIVITIES 2014
In Hamburg And Bogota, Tennis On A High
by ATP Staff|
It hasn't all been about tennis for the players at this week’s ATP World Tour tournaments. ATPWorldTour.com provides a recap of the highlights.
bet-at-home Open - Hamburg, Germany
Fabio Fognini, the defending bet-at-home Open champion, joined Tournament Director Michael Stich on the top deck of RMS Queen Mary 2, the world's third largest transatlantic ocean liner, for some mini-tennis on Tuesday in the harbour of Hamburg. Read More
“It's the first time for me playing on a ship,” said Fognini. “It was something special, something very different and new. I really enjoyed it!”
Watch Fognini And Stich Atop RMS Queen Mary 2
Claro Open Colombia – Bogota, Colombia
Colombian Alejandro Falla gave Richard Gasquet a taste of his hometown on Monday, taking the top-seeded Frenchman at this week’s Claro Open Colombia to Monserrate, where they enjoyed spectacular views of Bogota.
“It’s one of the greatest things to do in Bogota,” said Falla. “This place is really known, a lot of people come up. It’s a little higher than Bogota [which] is already high, but it was nice. The purpose was to bring Richard and get him to know the city from the top. It was an experience.”
“It was very nice. It was an amazing experience to go there,” said Gasquet.
Monserrate, which rises 3,152 metres above sea level in the centre of Bogota, is a pilgrim destination, with its church housing a shrine devoted to “El Señor Caído” (Fallen Lord).
On Thursday, Alejandro Falla, Alejandro Gonzalez, Carlos Salamanca, Juan Sebastian Cabal, Nicolas Barrientos and Eduardo Struvay gathered for a pro-am fundraiser to help a fellow Colombian tennis player undergoing treatment for breast cancer. Victor Estrella Burgos of the Dominican Republic and Adrian Mannarino of France also participated.