OFF-COURT ACTIVITIES 2014
Berdych, Nishikori Watch Manchester United In Washington
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.
Citi Open - Washington D.C., U.S.A.
Stars of tennis and football came together on Monday afternoon as Tomas Berdych, Kei Nishikori and Jamie Murray met with Manchester United players, who are in Washington, D.C., ahead of a pre-season friendly with Inter Milan on Tuesday night.
Manchester United were represented by Spanish star Juan Mata, new club signing Ander Herrera and winger Antonio Valencia. The players exchanged shirts, with Berdych also presenting the footballers with one of his racquets, before taking part in a skills challenge. Read & Watch
The three ATP World Tour players, joined by Mariusz Fyrstenberg and Yuichi Sugita, headed to FedEx Field on Tuesday night to watch Manchester United edged Inter Milan on penalties for their second victory in the Guinness ICC. There were extra cheers from Nishikori and Murray as they saw countrymen, Shinji Kagawa and Darren Fletcher, score their penalties.
After the match, the players were invited behind the scenes to meet some of the United stars. Mata and Herrera were quick to have another chat to the tennis players, with Nishikori and Sugita also having the chance to meet fellow Japanese superstar Kagawa, while Fyrstenberg jumped in for photos with Javier Hernandez and Mata.
Berdych also took time out to offer tennis tips to local children in an Emirates Returns Clinic. "When I was a kid, there was not such a thing like this," said the Citi Open top seed. "As a kid I think I would really enjoy seeing a tennis player and hitting a few balls with them." Watch Video
bet-at-home Cup Kitzbühel – Kitzbühel, Austria
Philipp Kohlschreiber took time out on Monday to visit the top of Kitzbühel's world famous mountain, the Hahnenkamm. The 30-year-old German brought his coach and fitness trainer for some mountain biking at 1,700 metres altitude, close to the starting gate of the annual World Cup alpine ski races at the Streif course.
“Went to the top of the #Streif today. Very impressed by the #Mausefalle,” he Tweeted.
The following evening, the top-seeded German joined fellow ATP World Tour stars including Juan Monaco at the Kempinski Hotel Das Tirol to commemorate a special anniversary in Kitzbühel.