In an exciting twist for tennis aficionados and luxury travel enthusiasts, Soneva Fushi is gearing up to host its Winter Collection experiences in the pristine Maldives. What’s even more thrilling is the surprise guest they’ve enlisted – none other than the world’s #3 ranked player, the US Open semi-finalist, and the rising star of tennis, Daniil Medvedev. Yes, you read that right!
From November 22nd to December 1st later this year, Soneva Fushi invites “Sonevians of all ages” to seize a golden opportunity – private lessons and friendly matches with the Russian tennis sensation. All this action will unfold on the resort’s Olympic-sized tennis courts, whether under the open sky or the shelter of the covered courts.
First, let’s talk about Daniil Medvedev himself. Unlike retired players looking to fill their time or boost their bank accounts, Medvedev is very much in the game, being currently ranked #3 in the world. This isn’t just a charitable act; it’s a chance to learn from one of the sport’s elites.
For those unfamiliar with Daniil Medvedev, let’s take a moment to appreciate his achievements. He became the first player to break the Big Four’s stranglehold on the top ranking after a staggering 18-year reign when he claimed the top spot in 2022. In the same year, he clinched titles at the Rotterdam Open, Qatar Open, Dubai Tennis Championships, Miami Open, and the Italian Open – an impressive feat by any measure. With a total of 20 titles, including the 2021 US Open, under his belt, Medvedev is a force to be reckoned with on the court.
But wait, there’s more! Soneva Fushi isn’t just about tennis. Alongside Medvedev’s coaching sessions, guests will have the opportunity to embark on sailing adventures with none other than renowned British sailor Sir Robin Knox-Johnston. The setting for these nautical escapades is the 23-meter luxury vessel, Soneva in Aqua, promising to take guests on a voyage through the Indian Ocean like never before.
Sir Robin Knox-Johnston’s list of accomplishments is equally impressive. He made history as the first man to complete a solo non-stop circumnavigation of the world, accomplishing this feat on April 22, 1969, after an awe-inspiring 312 days at sea. In 1994, he, along with Peter Blake, claimed the Jules Verne trophy for the fastest non-stop circumnavigation in a mere 75 days. Notably, he also holds the record as the oldest yachtsman to complete a solo round-the-world voyage in the Velux 5 Oceans, achieving this at the age of 68.
With these extraordinary experiences and Soneva Fushi’s commitment to providing unparalleled hospitality set against the backdrop of the Maldivian paradise, there couldn’t be a better way to wrap up 2023.