QTF Hosts Three Consecutive ITF Futures Events
20 Sep 2012
September 20, 2012Doha, Qatar – The Qatar Tennis Federation is proud to host three weeks of International Tennis Federation (ITF) Futures events at the Khalifa International Tennis & Squash Complex beginning September 29, 2012. Each of the three events will feature playersfrom around the globe seeking to achieve greater ranking points and prize money as they ascend the professional tennis ladder.  Qatari players from the National Team will also be given wildcards to the events. As the host organization, the QTF is given the ability to provide four main draw wildcards and six qualifying wildcards to players who they deem worthy of playing in the events, even if their rankings do not give them direct entry into the tournaments. As each player progresses through each round of the tournament, they receive more ranking points. As players improve their world rankings, they are able to play in higher category events. Top ranked players are able to receive direct entry into ATP tournaments throughout the world.
Doha hosted the 1st Qatar ITF Futures event in April 2012. With a men’s singles draw of 32 players and doubles draw of 16 teams, participants in the April tournament represented a vast array of countries including: Spain, France Australia, India, Great Britain, Kuwait,Singapore and Qatar. April’s No. 1 seeded player was Spain’s Jordi Samper-Montana. Though he was the highest ranked player in the event, the eventual winner was No. 8 seed, Abdullah Maqdas from Kuwait – defeating higher ranked Frenchman Jules Marie in the final. Semper-Montana, however, did not leave Doha without a title. He and countryman Enrique Lopez-Perez, seeded as the No. 1doubles team in the event, won the doubles title by defeating unseeded partners Alexei Filenkov (Russia) and Denys Mylokostov (Ukraine).
Players slated to play in the 2nd Qatar ITFFutures 2012, beginning September 29, include Ti Chen of Taipei, Michael Lammer of Switzerland (who recently represented the country in Davis Cup, alongside Roger Federer) and Jonathan Eysseric of France, a former junior world No. 1.
The upcoming series of ITF Futures in Doha will showcase the talents of many young, international players who are looking to make a name for themselves on the international platform. ITF Futures events are held year-round, throughout the world and some of the game’s top stars made their start at these events, including: Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal, Novak Djokovic, Andy Murray, Juan Martin del Potro, and Lleyton Hewitt.