Chengdu, September 23, 2019



Bulgarian former world No. 3 Grigor Dimitrov and Serbian world No. 29 Dusan Lajovic took time off the courts tonight to embark on a charming cruise upon the Jinjiang River that flows through the Chengdu city centre.


The Jinjiang River is a landmark river in the Sichuan province with a history that stretches back to the Tang Dynasty and has been visited and written about by Italian explorer Marco Polo.


The unique night cruise ferries passengers on old-style wooden boats and offers them a glimpse of iconic sights in the city, including the 339 TV Tower, the Lan Kwai Fong nightlife district and Hejiang Pavilion.


The sides of the river sparkle with colourful lights in the night time, while high-tech projectors periodically project vibrant scenes depicting the cultural history of the river upon the stone banks walls and also upon adjacent building facades.


“Exploring all this is marvelous I would say. I didn’t expect that at all. Especially when we stopped to take a picture at the bridge, then all of a sudden these animations came out on the walls. It’s pretty intriguing too. We travel a lot and often to the same places every year so it’s nice to get a different feel for the cities that we go to and explore more and more. It will be nice to come back with friends and family,” said Dimitrov.


“I didn’t expect it to be this nice actually. It’s really calm and it feels completely different that the whole buzz of the city where we are. So it’s good to see this side of the city as well and learn something and explore. Right now Chengdu feels pretty special,” said Lajovic.


There will be free admission to qualifying round matches, Court 1 and 2 matches. Tickets for the Chengdu Open Main Draw Center Court matches through to the finals are available through or via the national hotline at 10103721.  


The tournament is owned by IMG and is organized by the Chinese Tennis Association and Chengdu Municipal Government, is co-organized by Chengdu Sports Bureau, Shuangliu District Government and Chengdu Culture Tourism Group and is promoted by Sichuan Investment International Tennis Centre Development Co., Ltd., CCTV IMG (Beijing) Sports Management Co. Ltd. and WME IMG China Culture Development Co. Ltd.


The Chengdu Open is also very proud to have the distinguished support from ATP World Tour’s Premier Partner Emirates, the official player hotel St. Regis Chengdu, which fast became a favourite of the players, Dunlop tennis balls, the official water VOSS, the official car BMW / Reach Now, the Sichuan Tennis International Hotel, which is conveniently located adjacent to the courts and provides efficient services to the tournament, the exclusive official digital media partner Iqiyi Sports, the official stringer Yonex, the official public transportation platform Tian Fu Tong, the official gym equipment Impulse and the official tea Sichuan Mengding Tea Co. Ltd.


The official tournament website has additional information about the tournament.


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