Indian tennis icon Sania Mirza launches Dubai Open for Tennis Academies Tournament

Event brings together over 200 promising players from 40 sports academies with the aim of discovering and nurturing exceptional talent in the sport

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Sania Mirza and Ahmed Salem Al Mahri, Director of Sports Development at the Dubai Sports Council at the launch of the event. - Supplied photo
Sania Mirza and Ahmed Salem Al Mahri, Director of Sports Development at the Dubai Sports Council at the launch of the event. - Supplied photo

Published: Wed 13 Dec 2023, 5:58 PM

Indian tennis legend, Sania Mirza, has launched the Dubai Open for Tennis Academies (DOTA) Tournament, a collaborative venture between the Dubai Sports Council, UAE Tennis Federation, and Sania Mirza Tennis Academy.

The event, which brings together more than 200 talented tennis players from 40 sports academies to compete in a tournament environment, aims to discover and nurture exceptional talent in the sport.

The competition spans seven different categories for men, women, and juniors, will take place until February 4, 2024.

Apart from Mirza, the opening ceremony was attended by Ahmed Salem Al Mahri, Director of Sports Development at the Dubai Sports Council, Robin Uthappa, a prominent figure in international cricket, Saif Mohamed, the Managing Director of the Spirit of the Union Sports Company – the organising partner of the championship - and its CEO, Huzaifa Ibrahim.

The ceremony was broadcast on Zee TV, the official media partner of the tournament. During the event, a DOTA tree was planted in support of environmental sustainability.

The competition spans seven different categories for men, women, and juniors, will take place until February 4, 2024.- Supplied photo
The competition spans seven different categories for men, women, and juniors, will take place until February 4, 2024.- Supplied photo

The tournament kicked off with contests in the adult and seniors’ categories, which will continue until 17 December. The junior category is scheduled to take place from 5 January to 4 February, 2024. Players from over 40 tennis academies will compete in seven categories, including: Under 12, 14, and 18 years old for boys and girls, men’s singles, women’s singles, men’s doubles, and women’s doubles.

Mirza expressed pride in her academy being the primary sponsor of DOTA, emphasising its alignment with Dubai Sports Council’s strategic efforts. The tournament contributes to realising Dubai’s 2033 plan to attract and develop talent in various strategic sectors, including sports, and raising the UAE’s status as one of the world’s most competitive destinations for talent.

Mirza envisions the tournament contributing to the creation of champions capable of achieving international acclaim for the UAE. She lauded Dubai's leadership for its commitment to talent acquisition and development across all fields, with a specific emphasis on the growth of the sports sector.

Mirza also revealed her hands-on approach to overseeing the tournament’s competitions, personally selecting the most promising national talents. She highlighted that these talents will be integrated into the Emirati Talent Development Program she is working on, providing them with guidance, support, and necessary training for competition and international success.

The collaboration with the Dubai Sports Council and the UAE Tennis Federation is expected to significantly contribute to nurturing and discovering new tennis talent in the country. The tournament is expected to become a prominent event in the region, bringing together tennis enthusiasts, professionals, and sponsors in a celebration of skill, sportsmanship, and community spirit.

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The DOTA tournament is sponsored by several leading government and private companies, including as the Dubai Police Council of People of Determination Empowerment, the Positive Spirit initiative, the Safety Ambassadors Council, Danube Sports World, Beilie, Salham Sticks Real Estate, Duaa Al Hind, Wilson, Al Rawdah Springs for Water, Hubb Tennis, Gargash Hospital, and Z Games. This sponsorship underscores the significance of community participation and commitment to enhancing sports excellence.


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