DUBAI, February 26, 2019 (Press Release)
Over 1,000 school children from across the UAE took to the courts on Monday at the Dubai Duty Free Tennis Stadium. Children from 32 schools enjoyed the ATP J.P. Morgan Kids’ Day which included a tennis clinic for all ages and skill levels, entertainment, photo opportunities and the chance to meet some top ATP players.
The two hour long clinic was led by tennis coaches from the Clark Francis Tennis Academy and top ATP players Borna Ćorić, Ričardas Berankis and John Peers joined in the fun and gave the kids top tips on how to improve their game. The morning was followed bymore entertainment on Centre Court and a chance for the kids to experience playing on the big stage.
And for a small group of very lucky children it was an extremely memorable day as they met Borna Ćorić and had their shirts and caps autographed by him. The children were selected from the schools which had participated in the Partner Schools Programme run by the Dubai Duty Free Tennis Championships this year.
Ričardas Berankis, Borna Ćorić commented on the Kids’ Day: “I think it’s a great event especially for the kids to meet some players, hit some balls with them, it’s a really good job what J.P. Morgan and the Dubai Duty Free Tennis Championships is doing.”
Borna Ćorić said: “Yes it was obviously fantastic you know, I’ve never witnessed such a big kids day in my whole life so I’m really having fun today!”
“We are delighted to sponsor the J.P. Morgan Kids Day, which officially kicks off the ATP week at the Dubai Duty Free Tennis Championships,” commented Karim Tannir, joint-Senior Country Officer for J.P. Morgan MENA and head of Investment Banking MENA. “It’s fantastic watching so many children enjoy and learn more about the wonderful game of tennis. We are excited to potentially see a future champion emerge and play in the Tournament a few years from now.”
Tournament Director, Salah Tahlak said: “Our aim is to inspire more and more kids to get involved in the game and we are delighted with this morning’s turnout. It’s a great way to kick start ATP week.”