Under the Patronage of H.h. Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai
Over 50 children from affiliated tennis academies across the country took part in the ATP UAE Tennis Federation Coaching Clinic on Tuesday morning at the Dubai Duty Free Tennis Championships.
ATP doubles players, John Peers and Michael Venus were special guests at the clinic and even had a practice session with the budding tennis stars and gave them some invaluable advice and top tips for the future.
Following some hard training, several children received medals and trophies to ensure that they felt like a champion and to give them inspiration to pursue tennis professionally.
Joshua from TPS academy gave some insights as to why he enjoys these clinics so much: “I am pretty happy about the experience we are having right now and the kids think it’s great as well. It is a very nice opportunity for the little kids, not just because they get to compete between each other, but at the end they get to play against two professional players, they get motivated, they get excited and after this, I am a 100% sure that they will be more excited to keep training and of course, most of them will stay here to watch some matches too.”
Coach Linus from Prosports academy on the @TennisEmirates clinic: “I think its a great opportunity to see ATP professionals playing, it will be a very good motivation for the kids and will give them a push to become future champions" 🙌#DDFTennis #AllEyesOnDubai pic.twitter.com/fQU1egylmR
— Dubai Tennis Champs (@DDFTennis) February 25, 2020
The tournament also spoke with Australian professional tennis player John Peers said: “It is great to come back to Dubai and especially playing around with these kids, they look like they had a lot of fun! Getting out here and seeing all those happy faces and smiles makes this a whole lot better, they get a kick out of this and so do we, so it’s always great to give back to the kids.”
Michael Venus also enjoyed the morning and said: “I thought it was an amazing morning, so many kids out here enjoy playing tennis, so I hope they keep playing and be playing this tournament in the future.”
Tournament Director Salah Tahlak said: “Our mission is to boost performance of young tennis players in the UAE and we are grateful that so many children from the affiliated academies had the opportunity to interact with ATP players. We hope that initiatives such as these inspire more kids in the UAE to take up the sport and pursue a career in this field.”
The Dubai Duty Free Tennis Championships 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. The tournament continues until 29th February with world No.1 and Wimbledon and Australian Open champion Novak Djokovic, ATP Finals and recent Marseille winner Stefanos Tsitsipas, 2020 Rotterdam and Montpellier champion Gael Monfils and 2018 Dubai winner Roberto Bautista Agut.