Budding tennis players across the UAE are being encouraged to snap up the last few remaining spots in the Mubadala Community Cup powered by Healthpoint, to be in with a chance of winning a place in exclusive star player tennis clinics during the Mubadala World Tennis Championship. The registration deadline is fast approaching with October 30th marking the last day tennis enthusiasts can sign up online at www.mubadalawtc.com.
The region’s largest amateur tournament is free and open to players aged eight and above. This year, due to popular demand, the tournament has been expanded to include a coaches category designed especially for the teachers of the sport who now also have a chance to live their sporting dreams and play with the world’s best.
Matches are set to start on November 7th in Abu Dhabi and November 14th in Dubai with the last rounds taking place on November 21st in Abu Dhabi and November 28th in Dubai. Players at each event will compete in their age category to secure one of only 60 spots at exclusive coaching clinics with the likes of Rafael Nadal, Andy Murray and Novak Djokovic during the Mubadala World Tennis Championship from January 1-3, 2015.
Mubadala World Tennis Championship Ambassador Pat Cash gave fans in the UAE a taste of what is to come when he held his own community tennis clinic last week at the International Tennis Complex at Zayed Sports City. The former Grand Slam Champion commented:
“The Mubadala Community Cup can make the dreams of any aspiring tennis player a reality. The opportunity to compete amongst the top amateur players in the UAE, and then to be part of a clinic with the likes of Nadal or Djokovic is a once in a lifetime chance for any player. I wish all the competitors the best of luck and look forward to seeing the winners at the Mubadala World Tennis Championship in January!”
Open to all ages from eight years through to adults, player fields are divided into six categories; Under 10, Under 12, Under 14, Under 16, adults’ mixed doubles and coaches, with an emphasis on developing young players. A round-robin format gives each competitor at least two matches, with the winners of each pool going through to the next rounds for their chance to take home the ultimate prize. The winner, runner up and two raffle winners from each group will advance from the Mubadala Community Cup to the star player clinics. Winners will also be awarded two tickets to day two of the competition.
Following the success of last year’s Mubadala Community Cup inter-Emirate play-off, this year’s tournament also features matches where winners from Abu Dhabi will take on winners from Dubai during the Mubadala World Tennis Championship in January to crown the ultimate Mubadala Community Cup powered by Healthpoint champion.
The annual Mubadala World Tennis Championship will take place from 1st-3rd January 2015 at the International Tennis Complex, Zayed Sports City. World number 1 Novak Djokovic, world number 3 Rafael Nadal, reigning Australian Open champion Stan Wawrinka, double Grand Slam winner Andy Murray and the crowd-loving duo of Jo-Wilfried Tsonga and Gaël Monfils will all be competing for victory. Tickets are on sale at www.ticketmaster.ae and all Virgin Megastore outlets across the UAE or by calling 800 TM UAE (86 823). Prices start from AED 50 for upper bowl seating, with exclusive premier hospitality packages also available including food and beverage offers, star player meet and greets and premier stadium seating.