This year’s Wimbledon Championships witnessed a distinguished presence of a large number of Arab delegations, members of the International Tennis Federation (ITF), in addition to the Arab audience residing and visiting Britain.
The closing match of the women’s championship, between Tunisian player Ons Jabeur, ranked sixth in the world, and Czech player Marketa Vondrousova was a great occasion for the Arab public to attend the final and support the Arab star. This is the second time in a row that the Tunisian champion qualified for the Wimbledon final, which is a great achievement for Arab sports.
Bahrain Tennis Federation (BTF) president Shaikh Abdulaziz bin Mubarak Al Khalifa, and Bahrain Tennis Club (BTC) president Khamis Al Muqla attended the tournament and witnessed both the women’s and men’s finals. They met a number of heads of Arab tennis federations and discussed ways to improve the sport in the Arab world to keep pace with the developments in international tennis. They also discussed ways of co-operation, exchange of experiences and visits.
Among the attendees were delegations from Saudi Arabia, Egypt, Sudan, Tunisia, Algeria, Morocco, the UAE, Qatar and Jordan.