Under the Patronage of H.h. Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai
Tennis Emirates hosted over 50 young tennis players from affiliated tennis academies across the UAE during their Coaching Clinic on the second day of the WTA week at the Dubai Duty Free Tennis Championships.
The children, all under the age of eight participated in a coaching clinic run by Tennis Emirates staff and Academy coaches and had a great time getting some tips and learning on-court game techniques.
The highlight of the clinic was undoubtedly when Arab world’s rising star, Ons Jabeur, joined the training session and spent time with some participants giving tips and fine-tuning their skills during this morning’s session. She also had a hit with several kids and awarded them with medals and trophies, giving them an inspiration to pursue tennis as a sport.
Alex Woodbridge, Head Coach Dubai Sports City said, “What a fantastic event here at the Dubai Duty Free Tennis Stadium today, over 50 children from academies in Dubai playing matches across 12 mini red courts and finishing up with Ons Jabeur hitting with every single player in the event before handing out medals and trophies. What an amazing experience for all and now the kids are able to say they’ve hit with a pro, we look forward to the next event!”
Tournament Director, Salah Tahlak said: “The clinic is aimed at giving an opportunity to the young and promising tennis enthusiasts to meet with top players and interact with them during the coaching clinic. We also hope that this initiative run by Tennis Emirates year on year increases participation in the game and ensures that budding tennis stars get the right encouragement and training.”
The Dubai Duty Free Tennis Championships, which is owned and organised by Dubai Duty Free and held under the patronage of H. H. Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice-President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, begins with the 20th anniversary celebrations of the WTA event which runs from 17th to 22nd February and then continues between 24th and 29th February with the ATP tournament which features reigning Wimbledon and Australian Open champion Novak Djokovic, eight-time Dubai winner Roger Federer, 2019 ATP Finals champion Stefanos Tsitsipas and 2018 Dubai winner Roberto Bautista Agut.