x Abu Dhabi, UAEWednesday 26 July 2017

New event for Dubai youngsters

The country's best young players will have the chance to win a trip to London in a new tournament later this year.

Nikolai Davydenko of Russia serves to Feliciano Lopez of Spain during the semi final round of the Barclays Dubai Tennis Championship in March.
Nikolai Davydenko of Russia serves to Feliciano Lopez of Spain during the semi final round of the Barclays Dubai Tennis Championship in March.

The country's best young players will have the chance to win a trip to London in a new tournament later this year. The Dubai Duty Free Will to Win Grand Prix will be held during September and October, with the final stages being held at the Aviation Club in Dubai. The winners of the event will head to London to compete against winners of events in the British capital and New York. "We want to develop a community-themed tournament to be a worldwide experience for park players," said Steve Riley, director of Will To Win.

"We plan to expand over more major venues for 2009 and will develop tennis opportunites for a wider cross section of the population than ever before. "It is a fantastic opportunity for younger players from different countries to be brought together via sport." Winners of past tournaments, held solely in London, have been flown over to follow the Dubai Tennis Championships. They have been ball boys and girls for the tournament, and taken part in coaching clinics with professional trainers.

The London competition has been run for the past three years. @Email:lthornhill@thenational.ae