Roger Federer rings in the Lunar New Year at the Burj Al Arab in 2015.
As part of the 25th anniversary of the Dubai Duty Free Tennis Championships, we look back at the tournament's most memorable moments. In this list, we look back at some of the off-court activities the world's best have participated in, including visits to world-class hotels, access to thrilling views, sampling local delicacies and more. Here are a few highlights:
1. Feliciano Lopez Takes A Spin In A Dubai Police Car
In 2016, Spanish sensation Feliciano Lopez took a spin in the Dubai Police Audi R8 ahead of the Dubai Duty Free Tennis Championships.
Lopez, the tournament’s sixth seed, was greeted by Major Essa Al Ahli, Abdulla Sultan S Al Mutawa, Ahmed Al Haddad and Ali Yousif Ahmed Albanny and two Dubai policewomen before taking a cruise in one of the most powerful cars in the Dubai Police fleet.
2. Federer & Agassi Hit On The Burj Al Arab's Helipad
In preparation for the men's event in 2016, tennis legend Andre Agassi and then-world No. 1, Roger Federer couldn’t resist the temptation to have a friendly knock about on the world’s highest tennis court, the helipad of Burj Al Arab, the world’s most luxurious hotel.
3. Jaziri, Baghdatis at the Emirates Aviation College
ATP players Malek Jaziri and Marcos Baghdatis spent the afternoon at the Emirates Aviation College and experienced piloting the Airbus A380 - the world’s largest passenger aircraft.
The players were on board the simulator in the state of-the-art training centre located in Garhoud. Jaziri and Baghdatis were instructed by Captain Patrick De Roeck of Emirates Airline and selected a range of different flight paths from across the world taking off and landing in Dubai.
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4. Stan Wawrinka Zips Through Dubai Skyline
ATP world number four Stan Wawrinka took the ride of his life at the popular Dubai’s XLine ahead of his first match in the Dubai Duty Free Championships on Tuesday. The tournament’s second seed, Wawrinka leaped 90 metres off the W1 Tower in Downtown Dubai and flew 558 metres over the Dubai Fountains, taking in the views of the iconic Burj Khalifa and Downtown area.
5. Juan Martin del Potro Spreads His Wings
In 2014, tournament number two seed and ATP world ranked number 4 Juan Martin del Potro took a trip to the airport ahead of the Dubai Duty Free Tennis Championships this week. Del Potro was invited by Emirates to experience the ultimate in luxury with their private Airbus A319 aircraft, Emirates Executive.
The jet offers luxurious amenities from private suites, a spacious lounge for conference or dining and a shower spa. It is the only jet available for private charter from Emirates and the offerings are tailored to meet the most discerning traveller’s requirements.
6. Djokovic at Wild Wadi Waterpark
In 2016, World number one and four-time Dubai champion Novak Djokovic took some time out from the practice courts ahead of the ATP week at Dubai Duty Free Tennis Championships to spend the afternoon at Dubai’s Wild Wadi Waterpark.
Djokovic, his brother Marko and his friends enjoyed some underwater fun and many of the water rides at the park including Tantrum Alley and Burj Surj. Earlier, Djokovic visited Bab Al Yam restaurant at Burj Al Arab and was greeted by Chef Maxime Luvara who helped Djokovic create his very own juice.
7. Murray Curry
In 2015, tournament third seed Andy Murray took the chance to be involved in the 2015 Dubai Food Festival which is currently taking place, and features an array of events and culinary attractions across the city. Murray headed down to a lively food hotspot set on the golden sands of Kite Beach in Jumeirah, where he met world renowned Indian celebrity Chef Sanjeev Kapoor, who was ready to help him create a very special dish, which they dubbed the ‘Murray Curry’.
8. Roger Federer Launches Chinese New Year At Burj Al Arab
Defending champion Roger Federer launched the Chinese New Year celebrations at Burj Al Arab in 2015, ahead of that year's Dubai Duty Free Tennis Championships ATP tournament.
Organized by the tournament and Burj Al Arab, Federer was a special guest of the Ambassador of the People’s Republic of China, Mr Chang Hua; the China Consul General, Mr Tang Weibin; Gerald Lawless, President and Group CEO Jumeriah Group; and Mr Anthony McHale, General Manager of Burj Al Arab. Also in attendance was Salah Tahlak, Tournament Director.