Wednesday, June 11, 2014

Qatar makes winning start at Davis Cup

Fay al-Abdallah in action at the Qatar Juniors tournament at the Khalifa International Tennis and Squash Complex.

By Sports Reporter/Doha

Qatar made a winning start to their Davis Cup Asia/Oceania Zone Group IV campaign beating Oman and Mongolia 3-0 in Tehran, Iran yesterday.

The Qatar players consisted of Ali Abdul Reda, Ali Jabor al-Mutawaa, Moussa Snan, Mubarak Shanan and is captained by Mohammed al-Khenji. Coaches Mohammed bin Ammar, Moneer Laaraj and administrator Khallid Belgieth are also accompanying the team.

Bahrain, Bangladesh, Iraq, Jordan, Kyrgyzstan, Mongolia, Myanmar, Oman and Saudi Arabia are the other teams taking part in the competition, which is being played in clay courts. According to ITF laws and regulations, the tournament is played in round robin system with two pools of four teams, pool A and pool B.

The winner of Pool A will play against the runner-up in Pool B and the winner of Pool B will play-off against the runner-up in Pool A to determine which two nations are promoted to third Asia/ Oceania Zone Group in 2015. Ahead of the tournament, Qatar players went through intensive training in to Morocco for 34 days.

Qatar juniors tournament kicks off

Qatar Juniors tournament organised by the Qatar Tennis Federation led by Nasser bin Ghanim al-Khelaifi began on Sunday at the Khalifa International Tennis and Squash Complex.

National team junior players are taking part in the event in different categories including boys 8, 9, 10, Girls 8 and 10 and boys doubles 9.

In boys 8, Ghanim al-Sulaiti beat Nasser Sultan 4-0 while Mohammed Zeinal defeated Said al-Kuwari 4-2 and Ghanim al-Sulaiti 4-1. In girls 8, Janna al-Sheikh outplayed Noura al-Muftah 4-0, while Janna al-Sheikh defeated Fay al-Abdallah 4-1.

Khalid al-Khelaifi head of National Teams Committee at QTF said: “Qatar Tennis Federation aims to promote the competition spirit among our national team players from all age categories in addition to improve their skills and abilities through this kind of events.”

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