Wilson tennis balls and freshly strung rackets were put to the test yesterday evening as the Abu Dhabi Tennis League got underway. Providing an opportunity for community members to be active and healthy through tennis, the Abu Dhabi Sports Council initiative has attracted 195 teens and adults to participate on the heels of a tremendously successful summer season. There are nine categories being run between Zayed Sports City, Emirates Palace and Abu Dhabi Ladies Club. In total, the project will include nearly 350 tennis matches until March.
Operating under safety protocols for social distancing and hygiene, the league is being offered so that citizens and residents can be encouraged to play tennis as a means of health and enjoyment. Players ranging from 12 to 60 years old representing 46 nationalities will participate in the coming months.
Suhail Abdullah Al-Arifi, Acting Executive Director of the Events Sector at the Abu Dhabi Sports Council, declared: “We are proud to be resuming the Abu Dhabi Tennis League with the inclusion of 195 players. This is part of the sports agenda of the Abu Dhabi Sports Council, which aims to increase the number of tennis participants in society, while adhering to the highest standards of precautionary measures and prevention requirements."
Abu Dhabi Tennis League is divided into stages, starting with group phase. Players will be competing in across six weeks round-robin style competition until mid-December. After a short break, they will be reshuffled into new groups to intensify the competition even more. The third stage will be a tournament-style knockout round until one champion is named in each of the nine categories. At each stage, players will win valuable prizes from league partners, including Wilson.
Abu Dhabi Tennis League is among a number of community sports initiatives being executed by the Abu Dhabi Sports Council, designed to improve lifestyle through sport in the emirate. The project is supported by Wilson and managed by Zayed Sports City.
To learn more about Abu Dhabi Tennis League and follow the results, visit: www.abudhabitennisleague.ae