One of the perks of competing on the ATP Tour is that players are able to visit iconic places around the world. That was especially true at this week’s Mubadala Citi DC Open.
Several stars were given the opportunity to take a tour of The White House, home of the President of the United States. Many of them had only seen the landmark in the news or in television and movies.
Among the players who made the trip were Gregoire Barrere, Liam Broady, Maximo Gonzalez, Adrian Mannarino, Fabrice Martin, Andres Molteni and Hugo Nys.
Barrere even made a joke on social media when he wrote in French that Mannarino, the recent Newport champion, held a press conference in The White House Briefing Room demanding a year only played on grass.
Doubles partners Jamie Murray and Michael Venus also received a Tour. Fellow Murray, Andy Murray, was given a look at The White House in 2015. Judy Murray, Jamie and Andy's mother, posted that it was an "extra special" day.
Photo: Murray Family
There were other reasons besides the tennis and visiting The White House that players enjoyed their time in Washington. Some took in the local museums. Taro Daniel joined Hailey Baptiste at Smithsonian's National Museum of American History, where they posed with Althea Gibson's 1957 Wimbledon kit.