Tennis 360’s ILDL tennis: A chance for ladies to improve their game

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Staying ahead: The tennis league allows women to play in a competitive environment.

Following the successful conclusion of Series two in the Inter-Clubs Ladies Doubles League (ILDL), organisers Tennis 360 is on the look out to add more clubs and players to join them in the next edition of this exciting and challenging league.

Tennis 360 is co-hosting the third series of the ILDL, in conjunction with Talisse Fitness Madinat Jumeirah, Talisse Fitness Jumeirah Beach Hotel and Clark Francis Tennis Academy.

The league competition will take place from March 11 and will be held at the participating clubs across Dubai – Talisse Fitness Madinat Jumeirah, Talisse Fitness Jumeirah Beach Hotel, Clark Francis Tennis Academy and Tennis 360 at Meydan Tennis Academy.

The final will be played on 29 April at Meydan Tennis Academy in Dubai, home of Tennis 360. The competition is open to anyone who is 18-years and over, and has intermediate or advanced level of playing tennis.

If you tick all the boxes then this event is for you!

Matches will be played every Tuesday from 08:30 to 10:30, while compulsory training sessions are on Sundays at the same times.

The cost per player is Dh1,500 which includes the practice sessions, matches and equipment. Fans are advised to hurry up as registration closes today. Each club will have two teams.

Team ‘A’ and Team ‘B’, who will be playing in respective leagues. Potential players must attend an assessment class at Meydan Tennis Academy tomorrow and will be placed in Divisions A or B based on their playing abilities.

“The assessment will help us see what kind of playing level they are at. That will help us determine their abilities at fitting at the right playing level. The top-ranked players will always play against players of similar levels,” said Gwen Sproule, business development director at Tennis 360.

The rules of the league is similar to those on the professional circuit. However, each match lasts three sets, which is played in short deuces (next point wins). The third set will be played in a super tie-break, meaning it’s first to 10 points, with the team having to win by two clear points.

The outcome of the match is determined in the team result. If one team wins and other loses, then the winner will be decided by the criteria of number of sets won, lost and games won, lost etc.

“The league was created to provide a competitive platform for intermediate and advanced tennis players to compete weekly in a structured and organised format,” said Sproule.

“The whole process is to give ladies a chance to train. They enjoy playing socially and this is to set them up with a competitive platform to improve and be challenged. “Sometimes when you are training, there is nothing at stake in terms of competitions.

At the end of the day, Tennis 360’s sole goal is to ensure ladies improve and they have fun,” she added.

Each club will be represented by teams of four players with two alternates playing in two divisions (A and B).

Each club will host one tie on a home and away basis at their chosen venue.

More divisions could be created depending on the number of participants. The finals day will feature an exhibition professionals doubles match, buffet lunch and an awards ceremony.

Previous editions have been deemed a huge success, and although you may not be playing against the likes of Serena Williams or Maria Sharapova, the league is competitive and feedback has been positive.

“The joy on the ladies faces is great to see. Everyone said they have had a great time and people have told me what a great concept it is,” said Sproule.

To join the ILDL or to enquire about entering a club, please contact Tennis 360 on 04 381 3500/3504 or-055 753 7675 or email at [email protected]

Where: ILDL tennis league for ladies. Registration closes today.
When: Matches on Tuesdays and training Sundays
Where: Various locations around Dubai
Contact: Email [email protected]

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Learn from the best at the Thomas Enqvist Tennis Camp

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Expert advice: Enqvist is a former world No4 and has a lot to offer to tennis enthusiasts.

Tennis-mad UAE residents will have the chance to learn from a true champion next week as Thomas Enqvist holds a series of coaching clinics at the Jebel Ali Golf Resort.

The 1999 Australian Open finalist will be at the JA Golf Resort from Saturday until March 1 and will be putting on three 45-minute coaching sessions per day.

The lessons are open for people of all ages and experience from enthusiastic children all the way up to seasoned players who may want to hone their skills.

Sessions can be booked on an individual basis (Dh490) where players will get to share the court with the right-hander on their own or on a “semi-private” basis (Dh335 per person) where two people will be put through their paces by the Swede.

On top of that, players will be able to see exactly where they are going right or wrong with a 30-minute video analysis session after they have stepped off the court, for an additional Dh300.

The Swede enjoyed a successful professional career that spanned 15 years and included an appearance in the Australian Open final, in 1999, where he lost to Yevgeny Kafelnikov.

His success in Melbourne helped Enqvist to a career-high ranking of No4 in the world by the end of that year, and in all he would grace the top 10 on four occasions during his professional career.

Enqvist was also named ATP Tour’s most improved player in 1995 and went on to win at least one tour title in six consecutive seasons up to 2000. In all the Swede won 19 ATP titles and earned more than $10 million (Dh36.7m) in prize money.

Enqvist is also Sweden’s Davis Cup captain and it is no surprise therefore that the 39-year-old is now in demand for his coaching skills as players hope that a little bit of his magic rubs off on them.

If you would like to get racquet on ball with a great of the game, then you can contact the Sunball Tennis Academy at the JA Golf Resort on 04 815 5058 or email [email protected] jaresorts.com for information.

The sessions are being run by Sunball, who brought Enqvist’s countryman Jonas Bjorkman to the UAE for a similar and successful training camp in Jebel Ali last October.

Sunball Tennis Academy are an international school that offer lessons for children, beginners, advanced players and professionals. They operate at JA Golf Resort on four cultivated hard courts.

So, whether you consider yourself a tennis veteran or are just about to take your first steps onto a court, Enqvist’s visit to the UAE could be the opportunity you’ve been waiting for.

What: Tennis Camp with Thomas Enqvist
Where: Sunball Tennis Academy, Jebel Ali Golf Resort
When: Sessions are being put on three times a day from this Saturday until March 1
Cost: Pricing start from Dh335 per person
Contact: For more information email [email protected] or call 04 815 5058

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Kids at the fore with champions on hand to usher in tennis festival in Dubai

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Double trouble: Dubai doubles champions Cara Black (l) and Sania Mirza (r) were on hand to promote the kids festival.

Over 700 school children from across the UAE took to the courts yesterday at the Dubai Duty Free Tennis Stadium to mark the beginning of another exciting chapter of the premier tennis tournament.

Children from 12 schools in the Emirate participated in the Kids’ Day which included a tennis clinic for all ages and skill levels, entertainment, the opportunity to meet top players, along with a chance to win prizes.

Held under the watchful eyes of coaches from the Clark Francis Tennis Academy, the two-hour clinic gave kids a chance to interact with top WTA players, all while having fun and learning more about the sport.

Clark Francis Tennis director Jon Guntley said “I thought the kids’ day went extremely well and ran very smoothly today. Many of the kids managed to play on the same court as the pros, and with some of the top juniors in the UAE.”

Present at the occasion to give away prizes were WTA doubles players and Dubai champions Cara Black and Sania Mirza. Black was celebrating her 35th birthday yesterday and was delighted when the children sang ‘Happy Birthday’ to her on her arrival. Mirza, who won the doubles title last year with Bethanie Mattek- Sands, and Black, who took the doubles title three years running from 2007-2009 with Liezel Huber, enjoyed their interaction with the kids.

“It’s great to be here and hopefully inspire these young people to take up tennis. Days like this are great for the game and I’m happy to be part of it,” said Mirza.

Tournament director Salah Talak was pleased with the turn out.

“The Dubai Duty Free Tennis Championships is not just for the elite players. It is great to see so many kids on the court, and having fun. We hope that this day inspires these children to take up tennis and hope to see them competing here someday," said Talak.

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