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Abu Dhabi, UAESaturday 15 December 2018

Timeframe: Andre Agassi up close with a falcon

Tennis great Andre Agassi was in town when he came face to face with something special

American tennis player Andre Agassi poses for a picture with three-year-old female Peregrine falcon named DJ in Dubai 27 February 2006. AFP
American tennis player Andre Agassi poses for a picture with three-year-old female Peregrine falcon named DJ in Dubai 27 February 2006. AFP

It’s not every day that one of the world’s greatest tennis player’s comes face to face with one of the world’s greatest birds of prey. But that’s exactly what happened on February 27, 2006. Andre Agassi was in town for the Dubai Tennis Championships when he meet, DJ, a three-year old falcon. Agassi went out in the second round of the tournament that was won by Rafael Nadal and retired from tennis that same year.

Falconry, meanwhile, was inscribed on Unesco’s representative list of “intangible cultural heritage of humanity” in 2011. This weekend the International Festival of Falconry takes place in Abu Dhabi’s Khalifa Park – so why not head down and you might come face to face with you own DJ?

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