Cork Tennis Blog

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This blog will, hopefully, keep you up to date on the tennis scene in Cork, both socially and competitively. Whether you are new to the game or an experienced player I hope you find the information and posts here, useful and interesting.

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As well as local tennis news, there are also some very good articles written by local players and I am always looking for people to contribute to the blog, so don't be shy.

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Enjoy your game, Rob

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Sunday, October 11, 2015

Cork tennis arrives in Qatar!

Well my family and I are here just over a month now and I must say the tennis scene is very impressive here.

While Qatar wouldn't be a major player in world tennis, the facilities are second to none.  The QTF (Qatar Tennis Federation) bases itself in the capital of Qatar, Doha at its main stadium, Khalifa International Tennis and Squash Complex.
The centre has 21 courts and seem to be always in use.  On arriving I found that, had I brought my rackets with me, I could have entered the 8th QTF and Intercontinental Open.  This is an open tournament where the prize fund is 40,000 riyals plus membership to the exclusive Intercontinental hotel.  I have being over and back to watch it regularly and there are some very good players in the area.

This event is going to be followed up with 3 ITF Futures events running from the 28th of November to the 19th of December.  This promises to provide 3 very entertaining weeks of professional tennis.

These events will be followed, early in the new year, with 2 professional events.  There is an ATP event in January which always attracts the likes of Djokovic, Nadal and co.  This event will be followed in February with the arrival of the women.  The WTA event also attracts a top quality field.  Last years final was contested by Safrova and Azarenka.  So to say I'm looking forward to the coming months is a bit of an understatement.

I am also looking forward to my rackets arriving so I can start playing again.  The surface here is hard court, a surface I grew up on but I haven't played on it in a longtime so that will take a bit of getting used to.

Senior Interprovincial Champions 2015

Firstly I would like to apologise for not acknowledging this achievement earlier.  It's being a busy few months relocating to Qatar.

Huge Congratulations to Cian and his team.

I have played with and against Cian in the past so on hearing of his appointment to the position of Captain, I knew the team were in good hands.

Looking at the team, it had a good mix of experience and youth and this bodes well for the future.  Winning an Interpro is never an easy achievement so again I would just like to say congratulations to all in involved and let's hope this is the start of a run.