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Haase Receives Furry Friend; Sock Plays Ball

Sock© Bill Kallenberg/BB&T Atlanta OpenJack Sock receives a jersey from Atlanta Hawks forward DeMarre Carroll.

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.

LogoBB&T Atlanta Open – Atlanta, U.S.A.
American Jack Sock took to the streets of Atlanta Station, home of this week's BB&T Atlanta Open, to play basketball and mini-tennis with DeMarre Carroll of the Atlanta Hawks.

Sock arrived at the venue 20 minutes early to warm up for the game of H-O-R-S-E, and jumped off to a quick start in the shooting competition. The Wimbledon doubles champion won the first game before the Hawks forward came back to win the second.

"I was in the zone there for a little bit and I think those warm-up shots really helped me," said Sock. Read More

John Isner, the top seed and defending champion, spent an afternoon greeting fans in Atlanta. He started off with a Coca Cola clinic, where young tennis players experienced returning his famous serve first hand, and followed with an Emirates clinic, signing autographs for 100 kids from the local YMCA.

Haase, VerdascoLogoCrédit Agricole Suisse Open Gstaad – Gstaad, Switzerland

Robin Haase was welcomed by a surprise guest at the Crédit Agricole Suisse Open Gstaad supporters' night held at the Grand Hotel Park.

After receiving the Gstaad consolation trophy in 2013, when he finished runner-up to Mikhail Youzhny, the Dutchman joked he should at least get a goat or a small pig as a prize, referring to the cow given as a gift to Roger Federer earlier in the week.

The tournament organisers remembered this moment and rewarded Haase with a beautiful white goat from the Gstaad region, named Antonia, which produces four litres of milk every day.

“That’s a funny surprise. I didn’t expect that. And I didn’t know that goats are so big here”, Haase said, as he was posing with his new family member alongside Spaniard Fernando Verdasco.

Gstaad Youzhny FondueGstaad defending champion Mikhail Youzhny spent quality time with his family Wednesday to experience one of Switzerland's most famous delicacies: cheese fondue. While Youzhny's wife, Yulia, seemed to enjoy the Swiss treat, his son, Maxim, was more skeptical of having that much cheese in one pan.

The Russian, who is playing in Gstaad for the ninth time, knows the region well and enjoys coming back to the Bernese Oberland.

“I always have a great time here. I had tried cheese fondue before but this one is very nice. It’s even better with the great view we have from here," said the 32 year old as he sat in a wooden 'caquelon' (fondue pan) - one of the area's new tourist attractions.

“I better not have too much of it," added Youzhny with a smile as his coach, Boris Sobkin, helped himself to another piece. "It might be a bit heavy."

Monaco CheeseIn another dairy-related excursion, Juan Monaco paid a visit to the ‘cheese cathedral’ in Gstaad, following his first-round win in the Crédit Agricole Suisse Open Gstaad on Monday.

“I recently visited a cheese dairy in my hometown in Tandil,” Monaco told ATPWorldTour.com. “It was great to get to know more about the history of cheese here in Switzerland." Read More

VeselyLogoVegeta Croatia Open Umag – Umag, Croatia

Jiri Vesely of the Czech Republic took part in a filming of Tennis Channel's new 'Tour Guide' show this week in Umag.

The segment began with the 21 year old interviewed on camera and finished with the World No. 67 riding a jet ski for the first time.

“I’ve never done this before and I’m glad I can do it today," said Vesely. "I really enjoyed it."

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