With Ramadan soon approaching, there’s no reason not to get active with Zayed Sports City’s (ZSC) new adults tennis programme for beginners.
Administered by ZSC Academy, you can develop your basic skills and knowledge over six sessions on Sundays and Tuesdays between May 28 and June 13.
Adults of all ages with an interest in the sport, whether with previous experience or not, will benefit with each class focusing on a goal, including development of technique, tactics, and rules. On the final night, participants can put their practice to the test by facing their coaches in casual games.
Classes take place between 22:00 and 23:00 and Barry Bremner, general manager of ZSC insists there’s plenty of positives by signing up.
“Maintaining health is a year round commitment, and we are proud that ZSC Academy is offering this new programme during Ramadan,” he said.
“Tennis is becoming more popular in the Emirates and while starting a new sport can be intimidating for adults, this format removes any fear factor. We want to encourage new people into the game – it’s a sport that can be played well into old age and can play a key role in lifelong health.
“I believe that our coaching team is the best in the city. We’ve recruited people with previous experience as high performance players who have now become coaches. On average, our coaches have been at Zayed Sports City for four seasons and their dedication to the site, the sport and their students is very apparent and has made ZSC Academy standout from the others.”
Wilson, the sponsor of ZSC Academy’s tennis programme, will also be offering discounted tennis starter kits to ensure players have the equipment necessary to grow in the sport.
The fee for the programme is Dh600 and registration can be done by emailing [email protected] or calling 02 403 4222.
“Everyone would agree that they would benefit from more fun and more physical activity in their lives,” added Bremner.
“We want to help people maintain their health during Ramadan when physical activity has a tendency to decline, and enjoy themselves in the process.”
If you live in Abu Dhabi and are interested in playing tennis for leisure or want a training program to improve your skills, these courts and clubs are the best the capital city has to offer for your racket sports experience.
The Abu Dhabi Country Club has nine tennis courts open for leisure and training purposes. The club offers a wide variety of instructional and competitive clinics, in addition to private and group lessons. The courts should be booked an hour in advance for walk-ins.
COURT FEES: 125 AED for two people / 175 AED for four per hour.
ADDRESS: Shakbout Bin Sultan St., Al Mushrif, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates.
TEL: +971 26577777
The host venue for the annual Mubadala World Tennis Championship, one of the region’s most anticipated sporting events, the Zayed Sports City Complex offers outdoor hard surface courts for reservation and walk-ins as well.
COURT FEES: Before 9AM: 60 AED / Day time: 100 AED / Evening: 150 AED
ADDRESS: Zayed Sports City Stadium, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates.
TEL: +971 24034222
EMAIL: [email protected]
The hotel offers floodlit courts in addition to a cushioned hard court for players to enjoy. The courts are ideal for all levels of play, and should be booked a day before – as per hotel requirements. All facilities are reserved for guests and members, however, you can access the courts with a daily pass to enter the hotel.
COURT FEES: Week days: 300 AED / Weekends: 400 AED.
ADDRESS: Emirates Palace, West Corniche Road, Ras Al Akhdar, Abu Dhabi.
TEL: +971 26907311
EMAIL: [email protected]
The Club features four floodlit tennis courts that can be enjoyed by members. The trainers at the club offer tennis clinics for adult and juniors, plus fun tournaments and social events. If you are interested in becoming a member visit the club’s page for more information.
COURT FEES: 70 AED on week days / 100 AED on weekends.
The Rotana Academy has resident professionals that will help you improve your game at all levels. Take advantage of the two floodlit courts and all the club has to offer. Non members can get access through a daily pass and must book a court when they arrive depending on availability.
COURT FEES: 155 AED on week days / 220 AED on Weekends.
ADDRESS: Beach Rotana, 10th Street, Al Zahiya Area, Abu Dhabi.
TEL: +971 026979302
EMAIL: [email protected]
Enjoy the Sheraton’s outdoor tennis courts and scenic view in Abu Dhabi. The hotel offers their courts for walk-ins and guests with daily passes as well. Check out the fitness facilities membership page for further information on becoming a member.
COURT FEES: 100 AED per hour / reserve a day prior for court availability.
Guests and walk-ins are welcome to use the tennis court and the rest of the facilities. However, guests will have to pay for a daily pass and reserve the court a day prior to as the resort only has one tennis court.
COURT FEES: Daily pass: 77 AED on weekdays / 115 AED on weekends.
The InterContinental offers state-of-the-art floodlit tennis courts, overlooking a private marina. The hotel offers walk-ins and booking for non-guests and members of the facilities. To make sure the courts are available book over phone with reception.
COURT FEES: 100 AED per hour.
ADDRESS: King Abdullah bin Abdul Aziz Al Saud Street, Abu Dhabi.
TEL: +971 26666888
EMAIL: [email protected]
Whether you are an advanced player or a mere beginner, this tennis academy offers clinics for all levels. The programs give players a chance to improve their skills in a fun way. Advantage tennis academy in Abu Dhabi operates from different venues across the city. You must contact the academy to book or register on their website for a booking.
COURT FEES: Private lessons: 300 AED per hour.
The resort has one floodlit tennis court and accept walk-ins. The hotel has a partnership with the aforementioned Advantage Sports Club and offers tennis lessons for adults and juniors.
COURT FEES: two persons per hour: 100 AED / four persons per hour: 200 AED.
Running from February 17 to March 23 at Zayed Sports City, Abu Dhabi, entry numbers have already been encouraging but there’s still time to see for yourself why it’s highly-rated, with registration closing on February 13.
Now in its fifth edition, the event has gone from strength to strength and is now the largest participation-based competition in the region.
Whether you’re an intermediate or an experienced player, there are different categories (singles and doubles) to choose from, with 20 divisions on the agenda ranging from Under-8 to Men’s Veterans 40+.
Last year more than 300 vied for glory and organisers are expecting an even bigger turnout this time round. “The Abu Dhabi Wilson Tennis Cup has been a huge success since it started,” said Barry Bremner, general manager at ZSC.
“I remember the first year was a real challenge to schedule all of the matches because the response far exceeded our initial expectations. Since then we have a much better understanding of the demand for such a tournament and have made arrangements for 500 entries to be accepted.”
Sanctioned by Tennis Emirates, matches will be played in a knockout format on the very same courts that World No1 and two-time Wimbledon winner Andy Murray and 14-time grand slam champion Rafa Nadal played on in the Mubadala World Tennis Championship a few weeks ago.
“Our objective in creating the Abu Dhabi Wilson Tennis Cup is to place a high calibre event in the Abu Dhabi sports calendar which raises the profile of tennis in the UAE,” said Bremner.