Fognini, Troicki Soak Up A Slice Of Russia
It hasn’t been all about tennis for players this week. ATPWorldTour.com provides a recap of the highlights
St. Petersburg Open – St. Petersburg, Russia
Local hopes Mikhail Youzhny and Evgeny Donskoy joined Serbia’s Viktor Troicki for the draw ceremony at Sibur Arena on Saturday, before Donskoy joined #NextGenATP Croat Borna Coric on Monday for a photo shoot at Peter and Paul Fortress, founded by Peter the Great in 1703. Coric and Donskoy took a guided tour of the cathedral and grounds before setting off the cannon to mark noon in the Russian city.
“It was pretty nice,” said Donskoy. “This is my favourite city and I’m from Moscow! I’ve never been to this place and seen these things. I really enjoyed it. My favourite part was firing the cannon.”
Second seed Jo-Wilfried Tsonga and top seed Roberto Bautista Agut made a trip to St. Petersburg’s Yusopov Palace on Tuesday where they were given a guided tour of the living quarters and palatial theatre. Third seed Fabio Fognini and Troicki took a ride in a horse-drawn carriage through Palace Square on Wednesday, before heading in to tour the world-renowned Hermitage Museum.
#NextGenATP Russian Daniil Medvedev, Brit Liam Broady and German Jan-Lennard Struff joined Donskoy, Tsonga and Youzhny in a series of autograph sessions.
Moselle Open - Metz, France
Popular home hopes and established doubles duo Julien Benneteau and Edouard Roger-Vasselin kicked things off in Metz, helping conduct the draw ceremony on Saturday. Fellow Frenchman Nicolas Mahut led a session hitting with fans at at Decathlon France Fun Park, with doubles players Peter Gojowczyk, Andre Begemann and Jonathan Eysseric also taking part.
Former No. 6 in the Emirates ATP Rankings Gilles Simon and Vincent Millot met home fans in an autograph signing session, while Germans Dustin Brown and Mischa Zverev took part in Q&A sessions at the County Council of Moselle stand.