2nd Qatar ITF Futures Begins Monday
30 Sep 2012
September 30, 2012Doha, Qatar – The 2nd Qatar ITF Futures begins October 1, 2012 at the Khalifa International Tennis and Squash Complex. Hosted by the Qatar Tennis Federation, the 2nd Qatar ITF Futures features male players from around the world competing forprize money and points as they climb their way up the professional tennis circuit. The International Tennis Federation oversees these futures events throughout the world and this week’s event is the first of three consecutive events to be held in the Qatar capital.
France’s Clement Reix is the tournament’s No. 1 seed with the second seeding going to Oliver Golding of Great Britain. Reix enters the event having most recently reached the quarterfinals of a Futures event in Kuwait. Prior to that, he qualified and reached the second round of the ATPprofessional event in Metz, France. He lost to eventual winner Jo-Wilfried Tsonga in Metz. His best result in Futures this year was his semifinal appearance at the futures event in Rochester, New York, USA. Britain’s Golding began playing tennis at the age of five and was the 2011 US Open Junior champion. This year he has won two singles titles on the Futures tour, both in the United Kingdom.
Players from Slovakia, Czech Republic, Poland, Greece,Hungary, Algeria, Russia, Germany, Taipei, Italy and the United States are also represented in the field.
Four main draw wildcard were given to players from the Qatar National Team, including: Jabor Mohammed Ali Mutawa, Mousa Shanan Zayed, Mohammad Khingi and Abdulla Al Mohamoud. Former Qatari standout, Sultan Khalfan, was one of six Qataris given wildcards to the qualifying draw and he plays his final round of qualifying today, in hopes of gaining entrance to the main draw. There are four other Qatari players playing in the final round of qualifying as well, including: Jaber Al Marri, Jassim Al Mulla, Ahmed Al Ali and Abdulla Al-Jufairi.
Tournament Director, Saad Al Mohannadi, said of hosting the event, “The Qatar Tennis Federation is proud to be hosting the 2nd Qatar ITF Futures, the start of three weeks of consecutive professional events showcasing some of the rising stars in the game. Events like this give our National Team players the opportunity to play among the game’s best as well as highlight the growth of the game here in Qatar.”
Admission to each of the three week-long tournaments is free.
Admission to each of the three week-long tournaments is free.