Mubadala Community Cup winners claim clinic spots with Rafael Nadal, Novak Djokovic and Co.

The Mubadala Community Cup closed with two exciting finals.

The 10th edition of the Mubadala Community Cup (MCC) came to a close with exciting finals in Abu Dhabi and Dubai last weekend, with winners of the 10-and-under and adults mixed doubles categories claiming exclusive spots in the star player clinics at this month's Mubadala World Tennis Championship (MWTC).

Designed to showcase the best amateur players in the region, the MCC showcased some great talent and thrilling competition across both divisions, with champions getting a dream opportunity of sharing a court with the likes of Rafael Nadal, Novak Djokovic, Stan Wawrinka, Dominic Thiem, Milos Raonic and Pablo Carreno Busta, who will all be in Abu Dhabi from December 28-30 for the MWTC at Zayed Sports City.

Anurag Reddy, who won the 14-and-under boys’ category, is already showing great potential in the sport after going through the Mubadala Tennis in Schools programme and winning the MCC in previous years.

This year’s MWTC, the 10th edition of the championship, features a stellar line-up and will witness the return of Djokovic and Wawrinka from their lengthy injury breaks. They will be making their first appearance since Wimbledon last July.

For more information visit: www.mubadalawtc.com.

Full MCC winners' list

14-and-Under Boys - Dubai Anurag Reddy

14-and-Under Girls - Dubai Coumba Niangadou

10-and-Under - Abu Dhabi Tudor Zecheru

10-and-Under - Dubai Rayan Koothrat

Men's Singles - Abu Dhabi Santiago Alarcon

Men's Singles - Dubai William Blake Lombard

14-and-Under Girls - Abu Dhabi Anna Lajos

14-and-Under Boys - Abu Dhabi Igor Uzelac

12-and-Under Boys - Dubai Aryan Nanda

Adult Mixed Doubles - Abu Dhabi Billie Lapating

Adult Mixed Doubles - Abu Dhabi Jellovel Lapating

Adult Mixed Doubles - Dubai Yigit Binici

Adult Mixed Doubles - Dubai Rai Sengupta

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It was all smiles for Mohammed Seri who stood top of the class to win the Mubadala Tennis in Schools tournament at Zayed Sports City.

The youngster defeated Hasan Taleb 2-1 in the best-of-three sets to emerge champion on the centre court in Abu Dhabi on Tuesday evening. Both received 10 complimentary coaching lessons in their bid of developing as a player.

They were among the 15 Emirati boys and girls, aged between 7 and 10, to compete and brought an end to the championship which attracted 600 students from 10 local schools.

The competition was created to ensure a legacy for the sporting youth of the UAE with the programme integrated into the physical education curriculum of selected local schools, delivering even more excitement and expert training to young students across Abu Dhabi.

For Mohammad Obaid Al Muheiri, who played on Tuesday, he feels he has improved a lot as a tennis player. He said: “Mubadala Tennis in Schools has really helped realise my potential as a junior tennis player.

“It’s really encouraged me to keep training to improve my skills and I’m much more confident on the court.”

John Lickrish, CEO of Flash Entertainment, added: “We are delighted to give our support to this meaningful community programme which educates and inspires UAE youth to pick up a tennis racquet, learn new skills and have fun with their peers whilst building excitement for December’s Mubadala World Tennis Championship. Our aim is to continue to build on the long-term legacy of the championship through grassroots tennis events across the region.”

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Nadal, who endured an injury-plagued ending to the 2016 season, celebrated his fourth Mubadala World Tennis Championship triumph in the UAE capital on Saturday.

The 14-time Grand Slam winner edged past tricky opponent David Goffin in the final, adding to two convincing victories over Tomas Berdych and Milos Raonic.

And with close friend Carlos Moya in his coaching corner ahead of the first Grand Slam of the season in Melbourne, can Nadal recapture anywhere near the kind of form that cemented his status as one of the greatest players of all time?

Sport360's Reem Abulleil discusses the 30-year-old and what we can expect from Rafa.
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