Fujairah organises successful squash tournament

The participants who took part in Fujairah squash tournament. — Supplied photo
The participants who took part in Fujairah squash tournament. — Supplied photo

Fujairah - 64 matches were played in the tournament

By Team KT

Published: Sun 28 Mar 2021, 6:47 PM

Squash tournament 2021, which took place at the Tennis & Country Club Fujairah on March 26th and 27th, has closed successfully with 64 matches played by 32 enthusiasts from different nationalities and age groups.

It was a two-day event which was won by Muhammed Jehangir Khan and Yehia ElGabbani pair who overcame Tia Billimoria and Peter Skyes.

The tournament opening was graced by Sheikh Engineer Mohammed bin Hamad bin Saif Al Sharqi, Director of Fujairah e-Government Department.

On this occasion, Abdul Ghafour Behroozian, Chairman of Tennis & Country Club Fujairah, said: “We are extremely pleased with the results of the 1st Squash tournament which happened in Fujairah as players enthusiasm was great and we have seen unexpected demand from the audience who expressed their love to attend a professional tournament. We are looking forward to other successful tournaments shortly”.

“We are proud of the level of professionalism that players have shown in those two days and we would like to congratulate the winners for their hard work. Also, we are extending our appreciation for the great efforts behind this success including the management, partners, sponsors, and all players who participated in this tournament”, he added.

Hania Reggi, Senior Sales and Marketing Manager at Tennis & Country Club Fujairah said: “The tournament was marketed through contacting different Squash clubs in the UAE. The main purpose of the tournament to promote the passion of Squash held by the club and its players. All preparations and efforts behind this tournament were positively praised by participants and attendees. We are proud that we made it a great experience to the players who showed their best in the tournaments.”

“We see this tournament as a success for the Fujairah Panther’s league as a start from Fujairah and our aim to expand it to have other tournaments with other leagues across the UAE and other countries.”, said Gregory Bachelet, Director of Squash tournament.

From his side, Jaques Harmes, Director of Squash tournament, commented: “We believe this tournament is important as it shed the light on Squash as an important sport in Fujairah. Many enthusiasts are interested in Squash and as we get them together, they can share their expertise with each other in a professional technique.”

“We are proud to collaborate with Tennis & Country Club Fujairah on this tournament as it turned out to be successful. The idea is to promote Squash in the UAE by creating a network of players to give it more exposure. We are looking forward to other tournaments where players from Fujairah will be invited to play in other emirates as well.” Piotr Arcimowicz, Director at Archibald Squash Leagues.

“We are thrilled to cooperate with Tennis & Country Club as a media partner for the 1st Squash Tournament 2021. This tournament has added value to the sports industry in Fujairah and the UAE. We are very excited to see the Squash community expanding and we feel optimistic about seeing more bonding between leagues in the future.”, Obaid Al Kaabi, Chairman of O7 FZ LLC.

Commenting on winning the Champion, Muhammed Jehangir Khan, Champion section A: “Winning the tournament is a major success that added another milestone to my expertise in Squash. As this is my 1st tournament in Fujairah, it was a great experience, and I was impressed with the level of strength that other players have shown in those two days.”

“This is the 1st tournament I have ever won, and I feel grateful for Tennis & Country Club Fujairah for making such a great ambiance for us to get out the best in a friendly match. I am looking forward to future tournaments as professional as this one.”, Yehia ElGabbani, Champion section B, added.

Commenting on the tournament, Mohammed Al Hamadi, a 16 years old Squash enthusiast said: “As an Emarati, I started loving Squash a year ago and when I heard about the tournament, I wasn’t hesitant to participate. It allowed me to compete with many other nationalities and experts from different age groups which made me love to practice it more.”

“It is nice to see the growth of the Squash community in Fujairah and build the relationship with all players in the UAE. There are great facilities dedicated to Squash in the country and we can see a great future for the new generation to practice this special sport. This tournament has shown terrific potentials from Squash enthusiasts and we are looking to promote it across the UAE.” Peter Skyes , Founder of STS, The Squash Society.

“Squash is a sport that nourishes the mental and physical skills and we need to encourage people to get involved with it habitually. We as Maki Gym work on products to build the endurance needed for a sport like Squash,” added Abbas Bou Nassif, Co-Founder of the MAKI Gym

The Tennis & Country Club Fujairah will be hosting Swimming Championship during the Holy Month of Ramadan for all swimming lovers to enjoy and strengthen their swimming skills post iftar time.

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