Dubai Duty Free’s Salah Tahlak voted onto WTA Global Tournament Council Board

Sport360 staff 08:32 23/12/2014
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New role: Salah Tahlak and Serena Williams (l).

UAE’s Salah Tahlak hit a new mile­stone for the Arab world when he was voted onto the prestigious 12-member WTA Global Tourna­ment Council Board, an announce­ment revealed yesterday.

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Tahlak, the tournament direc­tor of the Dubai Duty Free Tennis Championships and vice president of corporate communications at Dubai Duty Free, has been a mem­ber of the ATP Global Tournament Council since 2010 and has now become the first Arab, GCC na­tional and Emirati to serve on both tournament councils on the men’s and women’s tours.

Through his role as a council member, Tahlak will participate in high-level debates and discussions that decide the governance and future of professional tennis.

Commenting on Tahlak’s recent election, Colm McLoughlin, the executive vice chairman of Du­bai Duty Free, said: “On behalf of Dubai Duty Free, I want to sincerely congratulate Salah on his election on to the WTA Global Tournament Council Board.

“This move is a reflection on the importance that Dubai and the Dubai Duty Free Tennis Champi­onships have put into building up tennis in the region.

“Since taking on the role as tour­nament director of the Dubai Ten­nis Championships 11 years ago and subsequently being appointed to the ATP Tournament Council four years ago, Salah has been a great ambassador for Dubai and Dubai Duty Free and has shown unparal­leled commitment to the sport of tennis, both here in the UAE and around the world.

“During that time Salah has rep­resented the UAE in the interna­tional tennis community, in many different roles. Earning the trust of his colleagues once more is a tre­mendous accomplishment, and this election to the WTA Council proves that the world of tennis believes in the importance of his work.”

The Global Tournament Coun­cils comprise representatives from players and tournaments alike and are responsible for issues such as the annual calendar, rules, regula­tions, governance, prize money, bonus and new events.

The next ATP and WTA Tourna­ment Council meetings will be held in Melbourne, Australia, in Janu­ary to coincide with the Australian Open.

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