- AHTA’s high-performance training environment sought out by team
- UAE’s only indoor air-conditioned tennis pavilion among its venues
The UAE national tennis team is gearing up for its big upcoming matches at the 2019 Davis Cup Asia/Oceania Zone competition, with a training camp at Al Habtoor Tennis Academy (AHTA) in Dubai.
Ahead of the premier men’s international tournament’s regional playoffs — being held in Jordan in September 2019 — the UAE national team has chosen AHTA for its unique, state-of-the-art facilities and its competitive, high-performance training environment.
The tennis complex — located at Al Habtoor City — features four hard courts covering 1,100 sq m, matching international playing court standards. The UAE team members are undergoing daily training at AHTA’s air-conditioned indoor tennis pavilion — the only such court in the UAE — with all the amenities and ambience necessary for their success being facilitated by the academy. The players are training under the supervision of their team manager Mahmoud Khalifa Al Balushi and the technical team headed by coach Omar Behroozian Al Awadhi.
Catering for year-round tennis playing, AHTA ensures that the UAE national players are in good hands, before they head to the heated Davis Cup Asia/Oceania Zone Group IV tournament in Jordan to face top international players.
The UAE Tennis Association (Tennis Emirates) handpicked AHTA to host the training camp for its national players, thanks to its cutting-edge courts and facilities and positive playing environment. HH Sheikh Hasher Al Maktoum, President of Tennis Emirates, noted Al Habtoor Group (AHG) Chairman Mr Khalaf Al Habtoor’s consistent support of the sport in general and the national team in particular.
Ahmad Abdul Malek Ahli, Deputy Chairman of the UAE Tennis Association, added: “This is not the first time that Al Habtoor Group has shown such initiative. AHG has always supported the UAE’s sporting sector strongly. It enables our national team players of all ages to enjoy high-level training that matches their aspirations, in the sophisticated Al Habtoor Tennis Academy facilities.”
For 22 years, Al Habtoor Tennis Academy has organized the largest women’s tennis tournament under the International Tennis Federation (ITF), the Al Habtoor Tennis Challenge, with winners’ prize money totalling $100,000 plus hospitality.