The capital’s most popular tennis league will offer nine categories this season to activate people on the tennis courts, Abu Dhabi Sports Council has announced. Following a highly successful summer social league, conducted under new safety protocols, the new season will ensure that the community can stay healthy through physical activity and social distancing. Inaugurated in January, the response from players has led the 2020-2021 new season to create opportunities for men, ladies and teenagers to play, with in singles and doubles formats to choose from.
Made even more exciting by the valuable prizes up for grabs, the league will use a quick-play format, limiting matches to one hour. During that time, the player with the most games won will earn points towards their ranking. A group stage will start the competition and at the midseason break, players will be shuffled based on their ranking. The knockout stage will follow, whittling the field down match by match to find the top player in each skill level. In total, nine winners will be named with more than 85 additional prizes distributed throughout the season.
Suhail Abdullah Al Arifi, Executive Director of the Events Sector at Abu Dhabi Sports Council, said: “We are very glad to announce the new season of Abu Dhabi Tennis League as part of our sports event agenda in Abu Dhabi. The objective is to encourage tennis as a sport and extend opportunities to the community, under the highest safety and precautionary COVID-19 protocols and requirements.
“The competitions will consists of nearly 450 matches despite the prevailing Covid-19 challenges. We wish everyone the all the best in creating a season that reflects the Abu Dhabi Sports Council's interest in tennis.”
Abu Dhabi Ladies Club will host contests for women in private when required, with Emirates Palace and Zayed Sports City facilities being used as well. The locations have shown commitment to create a safe playing space by enforcing sanitization and social distancing protocols and rank among the city’s best sports facilities.
Matches will be held in accordance with best practices for health and safety, ensuring that the league contributes to healthy lifestyle on all fronts. Players will receive special details of these protocols before matches begin to ensure safe participation.
Abu Dhabi Tennis League is among a number of community sports initiatives being executed by the Abu Dhabi Sports Council, designed to improve lifestyle through sport in the emirate. The project is supported by Wilson and managed by Zayed Sports City.
Participation in this season of Abu Dhabi Tennis League is only AED 55 per entry and players must have match experience to join. Registration is accepted on a first come, first served basis, on: www.abudhabitennisleague.ae