Mb (0) – sm Mt (0.8em) – sm "type =" text "content =" The former tennis player and current tournament director Doha, Morocco's Karim Alami, dreams his event will become a Masters 1000. "We are waiting for an opening but it is very difficult"he explains. "What are the goals of the Qatari Tennis Federation (directed by Nasser Al-Khelaïfi, the president of the PSG)?
Have more and more Qatari players who reach the top level. There are a few who are currently 800th or 900th at ATP, but that's not enough. The more players there are, the more likely we are to enter the 100 or at least the world's top 200 (which has never happened before, ed). It's going to take time, but it's a mentality, sometimes it takes generations. The Doha tournament continues to grow: we would like to make a Masters 1000, it's been years that we expect an opening but it's very difficult. There are nine Masters 1000 but none are for sale yet. We are waiting for an opportunity. Al-Khelaïfi the tennis player, the other president Can we talk about tennis culture here in Qatar?
The Arab public begins to know the tennis, the players, the rules, who wins, who loses, who is at the top level in the ranking. People are interested in tennis. The Doha tournament has become a very important event for people here in recent years. We are at 90% sold out for tickets. Does this mean that tennis is enjoying a growing popular success?
The situation has improved a lot in the last ten years. The number of kids playing tennis is growing, the Doha tournament has made them interested in the discipline. Parents begin to wonder how they can put their kids to tennis. In Doha, we have a school that brings together nearly 100 young people. We can not yet compare the situation of Qatar to other countries like France, or Morocco, where tennis has existed for a very long time, but it's starting to move. There are more and more tournaments, tennis courts and coaches here: things are getting better. And Qatari players appear every year in the main draw …
Every year we have a wild card. Five or six players participate in qualifying, but as they evolve rather at a future level or Challenger … it is still a good experience for them, they learn and live a dream week alongside high-level players that they see on television. They feel a little like them, it motivates them. "" Data-reactid = "22"> The former tennis player and current Doha tournament director, Morocco's Karim Alami, dreams of his event becoming a Masters 1000. "We are waiting for an opening but it is very difficult"he explains. "What are the objectives of the Qatari Tennis Federation (led by Nasser Al-Khelaïfi, PSG president)?
Have more and more Qatari players who reach the top level. There are a few who are currently 800th or 900th at ATP, but that's not enough. The more players there are, the more likely we are to enter the 100 or at least the world's top 200 (which has never happened before, ed). It's going to take time, but it's a mentality, sometimes it takes generations. The Doha tournament continues to grow: we would like to make a Masters 1000, it's been years that we expect an opening but it's very difficult. There are nine Masters 1000 but none are for sale yet. We are waiting for an opportunity. Al-Khelaïfi the tennis player, the other president Can we talk about tennis culture here in Qatar?
The Arab public begins to know the tennis, the players, the rules, who wins, who loses, who is at the top level in the ranking. People are interested in tennis. The Doha tournament has become a very important event for people here in recent years. We are at 90% sold out for tickets. Does this mean that tennis is enjoying a growing popular success?
The situation has improved a lot in the last ten years. The number of kids playing tennis is growing, the Doha tournament has made them interested in the discipline. Parents begin to wonder how they can put their kids to tennis. In Doha, we have a school that brings together nearly 100 young people. We can not yet compare the situation of Qatar to other countries like France, or Morocco, where tennis has existed for a very long time, but it's starting to move. There are more and more tournaments, tennis courts and coaches here: things are getting better. And Qatari players appear every year in the main draw …
Every year we have a wild card. Five or six players participate in qualifying, but as they evolve rather at a future level or Challenger … it is still a good experience for them, they learn and live a dream week alongside high-level players that they see on television. They feel a little like them, it motivates them. "