The Mubadala World Tennis Championship once again provided the perfect platform for the UAE’s best amateur players to shine with the Mubadala Community Cup presented by Cleveland Clinic Abu Dhabi play-offs taking centre stage ahead of the much-anticipated men’s semi-finals on Day 2 of the three-day tennis and entertainment festival.
The hugely popular competition drew more than 300 entries across six age categories with a series of hotly-contested open-day tournaments in Dubai and Abu Dhabi culminating in a city vs city play-off as part of the 12th edition of the Arabian Gulf’s leading tennis experience at Abu Dhabi’s International Tennis Centre, Zayed Sports City.
Young tennis enthusiasts were first on court, showing the future is bright for the sport in the Emirates. In the Under-10s event, Tudor Zecheru was victorious in Abu Dhabi, with Timur Gordeev winning the Dubai title. The Abu Dubai Under-12s title went to Levin Mybeen; Kaushik Kumar taking the Dubai crown.
In the Under-14 girls’ category, Fatima Butt was the Abu Dhabi victor with Diya Tamse securing the Dubai victory. Abu Dhabi winner in the boys’ series was Charles Menane. Anthony Moukarzel was crowned Dubai champion.
In the men’s event Santiago Alarcon, was crowned the Mubadala Community Cup Abu Dhabi winner for a third straight year.
“I can’t believe a won the title again. Every year it’s more fun, more excitement and I’m glad I was able to win for the third straight year,” said the fast-moving Filipino, who faced-off in a friendly match against Mubadala Community Cup Dubai champion Frederic Arnaud.
“This was a great experience, the first time for me. It was really nice to be a part of this family event and to be so close to the professionals. A great feeling,” said the Frenchman, who fits his love of tennis around his job as a Chief Financial Officer in Dubai.
The best off the court
Day 2 of the 12th edition of Mubadala World Tennis Championship provided more than 5,000 spectators with unrivalled access to the world’s best players.
Russian duo Andrey Rublev and Karen Kachanov started the day by hosting clinics for ticketholders, before the in-form Stefanos Tsitsipas warmed up for his semi-final with Novak Djokovic by swapping the court for the kitchen and engaged in a live cooking display with chefs from the Rixos Premium Saadiyat Island, the Official Partner hotel of the Mubadala World Tennis Championship.
The Greek ace captivated the watching crowds, showing his grilling is more than a match for his groundstrokes, cooking up a dish of blue lobster with avocado roulade in Amarillo sauce.
“You have to teach me how to cook properly, I’m tired of eating out!” the Greek ace told the watching chefs before showing the type of finesse with his cooking that he displays on the court.
The final day of the championship on Saturday is a sellout, with a packed house set to enjoy star player clinics, autograph signings and a session with renowned tennis freestyler Stefan Bojic before the action on court with the third-place play-off and championship final.
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