9/28/12 3:12 AM | Johan Lindahl
Australian Davis Cup captain Patrick Rafter has been spending a few days away from tennis doing tourism promotion on the tropical far north of the island-continent.
The popular two-time Grand Slam winner has done his bit accompanied by his wife and children in picturesque Port Douglas, jumping-off point for the Great Barrier Reef.
With 3,000 kilometres between itself and southerly Melbourne - the distance is a third longer than from New York City to Miami - the trip "up north" is always special.
Rafter made his visit to the year-round VIP resort village as part of his ambassadorial role with a nationwide hotel chain.
The 39-year-old is charged with promoting local attractions and activities including focusing on the unique "reef and rainforest" locale. "That's what you want when you're holidaying with kids - the easier the better. It's all about spending quality time together," he said.
But Rafter did not totally forget his sport as he got in a friendly game with the Mantra hotel group boss and then signed the obligatory autographs.
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