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Marcos Baghdatis and Borna Coric learn how to make dumplings with Executive Chef Nelson Ong in Chengdu. Video and photo courtesy Chengdu Open

A Dumpling Treat For Baghdatis & Coric

ATP World Tour stars take time out

Cypriot Marcos Baghdatis and #NextGenATP Croatian Borna Coric explored some Sichuan culinary treats on Monday, during time out from the Chengdu Open. The duo, closely guided by Nelson Ong, the Executive Chef at the St. Regis Chengdu, tried their hands at making traditional Chinese meat dumplings.

Coric said, “The chef told us that we were very good for our first time - I doubt it, but if he says so, I believe him! I’m not really a big fan of spicy food, but I don’t mind having this for lunch today.”

“At the beginning it was tough,” said former World No. 8 Baghdatis. “I didn’t realise you needed to put some water so that the dough sticks together, but once the chef helped us out and told us his little secrets it became easier. Personally, I like trying different kinds of food so it’s a pleasure to be here cooking something different. I enjoyed my time here. I love this tournament actually, I like the people that organise it - they provide very good facilities for the players and do everything for us.”

Baghdatis opens his Chengdu Open campaign against Canada’s Vasek Pospisil, while Coric starts against Guido Pella of Argentina.

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