OVER 24 players, including two Bahraini wild cards, from all over the world are in Bahrain to battle for just six available slots in the 32-player men’s singles of the Bahrain ITF World Tennis Tour 2019.
The draw for the qualifying round, to be held tomorrow, take’s place today at Bahrain Tennis Club in Juffair at 6pm.
Twelve matches will be held tomorrow morning and six more in the evening with the order-of-play to be determined soon after today’s draw.
The Bahrain ITF World Tennis Tour 2019 then gets underway on Tuesday and continues until March 23 at the BTC hardcourts in Juffair.
The tournament is a part of the International Tennis Federation’s (ITF) men’s calendar, and offers an attractive prize purse of $15,000.
It is being held under the patronage of Shaikh Nasser bin Hamad Al Khalifa, Representative of His Majesty for Charity Works and Youth Affairs and chairman of Supreme Council for Youth and Sports.
The tournament sponsors are Bahrain Duty Free and E K Kanoo.
The draw and qualifying rounds will be administered and run by ITF Supervisor and Tournament Referee Dr Ashraf Hamouda. Also attending the draw will be members of the competition’s Organising Committee as well as some of the players.
Many of those competing in the tournament have already arrived from overseas and begun practising at BTC.
Two Bahrainis - Hamad Abdula’al and Kareem Abdulredha - will be taking part in qualifying as wild cards along with Jeson Patrombon of the Philippines, Omar Al Awadhi of the UAE and Adam Moundir of Switzerland.
They hope to join the main draw which already includes three Bahraini wild cards in Ali Dawani, Eliyas Abdulredha and Hassan Abdulredha.
The Bahrain ITF World Tennis Tour 2019 is the most important and largest tennis event in Bahrain and the Gulf region. It features many leading men’s professional players from around the world.
For more information on the tournament or other activities at BTC, visit www.bahraintennisclub.com or call +973-17-729561.