On February 28, 2023, the Dubai Duty Free Tennis Championships held at the Dubai Duty Free Tennis Stadium provided a thrilling day of tennis action. The tournament featured a mix of high-level players from around the world competing in singles and doubles matches.
Abdulrahman Al Janahi, the only Emirati player in the ATP 500 doubles competition, and his American partner Kareem Al Allaf were eliminated on Tuesday. Despite the support of friends and family, the pair lost 6-1, 6-3 to Bosnia and Herzegovina’s Tomislav Brkic and Ecuador’s Gonzalo Escobar on Court 2.
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Tennis player Abdulrahman Al Janahi from the UAE may have lost in the first round of the Dubai Tennis Championships, but he remains optimistic about the sport’s future in the country. He believes that enjoying the sport is the key to its growth in the UAE.
Al Janahi has competed in the Dubai championships for the past four years, and while he prefers to play singles, he enjoyed playing doubles with his partner Kareem Al Allaf this year. The 28-year-old player splits his time between playing tennis and working as an engineer in Abu Dhabi and South Korea.
Al Janahi’s positive outlook is shared by many others in the UAE who are working towards promoting tennis in the country. The Dubai Tennis Championships is one of the region’s largest and most prestigious tennis tournaments, attracting top players from all over the world.
Al Janahi enjoys the environment of the Dubai Open as it allows him to interact with players and improve his skills. He also formed a doubles partnership with former Abu Dhabi resident Kareem Al Allaf, who played for Syria in the junior tournament before moving to the US.
Al Allaf expressed his excitement and gratitude for getting the opportunity to play at the Dubai Tennis Championships. He grew up in Abu Dhabi, played all the junior tournaments there, and considered it a dream come true to be a part of the tournament.
With the help of Salah Tahlak and the UAE Tennis Federation, he received a wild card entry into the singles qualifying round. He also had the chance to play doubles with his partner Al Janahi in front of friends and family.
Although Al Janahi and Al Allaf lost their doubles match against Tomislav Brkic and Gonzalo Escobar, they learned a lot from the experience. The UAE player noted how focused the winning team was on doubles and expressed his intention to pick up on those skills.
According to Al Janahi, the UAE Tennis Federation’s priority is currently to find talented players as the golden generation of UAE players, led by former UAE No.1 Omar Behroozian, move ahead in their lives.
While there were many talented players from Kareem’s generation, including Behroozian, who was the highest-ranked UAE tennis player, there are currently no prospects among the juniors. However, Al Janahi is optimistic that they will find something in the next few years.
Abdulrahman Al Janahi’s love of tennis and dedication to the game inspires aspiring tennis players not only in the UAE, but around the world. His positive attitude, hard work, and perseverance demonstrate that anything is possible with determination and the right mindset.
Al Janahi has made unmeasurable contributions to the sport of tennis in the UAE, and his success is not only a testament to his own hard work and dedication but also a source of inspiration for young players all over the world.
As the UAE Tennis Federation continues to search for new talent, Al Janahi’s success serves as a beacon of hope for the future of tennis in the UAE.
The Dubai Duty Free Tennis Championships are an annual professional tennis tournament held in Dubai, UAE.
This ATP Tour 500 tournament is owned and organized by Dubai Duty Free and is hosted by His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice-President and Prime Minister of the United Arab Emirates of UAE.
The tournament is one of the most prestigious tennis events in the Middle East and is part of the ATP World Tour 500 series. Every year in February and March, it is held at the Dubai Duty Free Tennis Stadium, which has a seating capacity of 5,000 people.
The tournament features both men’s and women’s singles and doubles events. Some of tennis’ biggest names have won the men’s singles event, including Roger Federer, Novak Djokovic, Rafael Nadal, and Andy Murray. Many top players, including Justine Henin, Venus Williams, and Simona Halep, have won the women’s singles event.
The Dubai Duty Free Tennis Championships not only features world-class tennis, but also a variety of entertainment and activities for fans, such as live music, food and beverage outlets, and a family-friendly area. The tournament is also known for its luxurious hospitality and has been awarded numerous accolades for its exceptional services.