Under the Patronage of H.h. Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai
More than 800 children from 15 Dubai schools took to the courts at Dubai Duty Free Tennis Stadium
Dubai, UAE – February 20, 2023: More than 800 children from 15 Dubai schools took to the courts at Dubai Duty Free Tennis Stadium on Monday for the JP Morgan Kids’ Day, a much-loved annual fixture of the Dubai Duty Free Tennis Championships.
The children attended a dedicated tennis clinic hosted by the CF Tennis Academy and enjoyed a special meet-and-greet with WTA players Belinda Bencic and Barbora Krejcikova.
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Amazed by the atmosphere and eager to learn more about tennis, the youngsters relished their once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to learn the ins and outs of the sport from the pros.
World No.9 Bencic, the 2019 Dubai champion and seeded eighth in this year’s tournament, took time out of preparing for her second-round match against Marta Kostyuk to pass on invaluable insight to the eager children.
“When I was a child and attending a tournament, I always looked forward to the Kids’ Day and now as a player, it’s so nice to be able to give back and inspire the children to have fun and play such a great sport,” said the Swiss star, a seven-time winner on the WTA Tour.
“I remember my time at the Zurich Open and getting autographs from the big players was so inspiring. I was already playing tennis at that age but meeting the stars motivated me to want to play at tournaments such as the Dubai Duty Free Tennis Championships.”
Photos: Krejcikova and Bencic at JP Morgan Kids’ Day
“We are excited to see the JP Morgan Kids’ Day back at the Dubai Duty Free Tennis Championships post-pandemic,” said Khaled Hobballah, Senior Country Officer for the MENA region at JP Morgan. “This event has always been a highlight for us during the tournament, and it is fantastic to witness the children interact with the top-ranked players who take part in Kids’ Day. We are proud to sponsor such an impactful event, which gives so many children in the UAE the opportunity to learn new skills, meet new friends, and encourages them to continue to play the sport.”
Grab Your Seats
Tickets for the 31st edition of the Dubai Duty Free Tennis Championships are on sale now at dubaidutyfreetennischampionships.com/tickets, starting from Dh55. Tickets are also available at the Dubai Duty Free Tennis Stadium Box Office between 9am and 9pm daily. The Championships starts with the 23rd staging of the WTA event, which runs until February 25, before the 31st staging of the ATP Tour 500 tournament from February 26 to March 4. Both events carry equal prize money.
The Dubai Duty Free Tennis Championships is owned and organised by Dubai Duty Free and held under the patronage of His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice-President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai.