BAHRAIN Tennis Club (BTC) is set to host some of the world’s leading men’s professional players next week in a prestigious global competition.
The Bahrain ITF World Tennis Tour will get underway on Monday and continue until March 24 at the BTC hard courts in Juffair.
The tournament is a part of the International Tennis Federation’s (ITF) Men’s Calendar, offering an attractive prize purse of $15,000.
Play will be held in both singles and doubles, to be preceded by a one-day qualifying competition for the singles draw.
“We have been working hard over the past several weeks to prepare everything for this prominent championship,” said BTC Club manager Hamdi Abduljawad. “We have players from up to 32 countries competing. We look forward to a lot of great tennis.”
Amongst those who have signed up for the event are Spaniard Ricardo Ojeda Lara, who is currently 340th on the Association of Tennis Professionals (ATP) ranking. He is expected to be joined by Frenchman Hugo Grenier (ATP ranking: 372), Belgian Zizou Bergs (422), fellow-Frenchman Corentin Denolly (428), Dutch aces Tim Van Rijthoven (438) and Ryan Nijboer (511), and Italian Riccardo Balzerani (498).
The Indian trio of Sidharth Rawat (517), Manish Sureshkumar (584) and N Vijay Prashanth (599) have also registered to compete.
Bahrain will also be well represented in the competition. Three have been entered into the 32-player Main Draw as wild cards – Ali Dawani, Eliyas Abdulredha and Hassan Abdulredha. Pere Riba of Spain is also a wild card entry.
Another two Bahrainis are Qualifying Draw wild cards, namely Hamad Abdula’al and Kareem Abdulredha. Three others are Qualifying wild cards – Jeson Patrombon of the Philippines, Omar Al Awadhi of the UAE and Adam Moundir of Switzerland.
Qualifying will be held on Monday, to be followed directly by the start of the Main Draw in both singles and doubles the next day.
The tournament director is Khalid Nass, and it is being held in cooperation with the Bahrain Tennis Federation.