The SMK Tennis Academy Annual Tournament returned this weekend for its 13th edition in Abu Dhabi. Led by Sheikha Shaikha bint Mohammed bin Khalid Al Nahyan the tournament celebrates the achievements of Emirati sportswomen who are members of the club.
This year’s event was presented by Emirates NBD in collaboration with Abu Dhabi Ports Group and Burjeel Holdings.
SMK Tennis Academy is an exclusive members-only Tennis Academy in Abu Dhabi dedicated to raising the visibility and impact of the sport for women.
Discussing the academy, Sheikha Shaikha, who launched the tennis hub in 2009 said: “SMK Tennis Academy proudly strives to advance tennis in the United Arab Emirates through progressive training programmes specially tailored for female Emirati players by providing an exclusive platform to practice and train comfortably and to commemorate their growth with an annual tournament. This unique event marks a chance for tennis enthusiasts of all levels – from novice to experienced – to come together and relish their passion for the sport.”
The 15-day event will see a total of 30 Emirati players face off in 33 matches, each vying to cement their legacy on the court.
Some of the players who will grace the court include: Hadeel Al Qadi, who works as Aldar Properties’ Senior President of Design with several SMK tournament wins to her name. For almost eight years, she has dominated the competition in both Singles and Doubles editions -making her an absolute star on the court.
With years of experience, Shaikha Al Zaabi will surely bring some exciting tennis action this year. The Real Estate Analyst at Mubadala Investment Company has been part of the academy since its inception and is expected to continue her winning streak as she enters the court again.
Offering spectators an exciting opportunity to witness tennis passion in action is Mahra Al Mulla, who has shown remarkable progress since she started playing in 2014. She hopes her dedication and hard work will get her to the verge of realising a long-time dream: competing in this year’s tournament finals.
Guests can also witness two inspirational players, Ayesha Al Fahim and Maha Bin Hendi, hit the courts. Having been part of this competition since 2011, Ayesha’s skill is well-established, whereas last year’s Singles edition winner, Maha, brings her championship edge onto the centre court.
During the 15-day event, guests can look forward to a range of engaging activities and special occasions including fitness classes, beauty workshops, sports and lifestyle talks, exclusive dinners, and privileged networking opportunities, in addition to enjoying some world-class tennis action.