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Yemen Qualifies for the Asian Tennis Championship

By: Ebrahim Al-Sharif
ebrahim.alsharif@gmail.com

Sri Lanka, Feb. 21-27 – Six Yemeni Tennis Players won the Junior Davis Cup of boys’ World Junior Tennis Asia/Oceania tennis tournament’s pre-Qualifying round.

Thirteen best countries in tennis game in Asia were participating, including Sri Lanka, Indonesia, Singapore, the Philippines, the UAE, Jordan, Kazakhstan, Turkmenistan, Bhutan, Saudi Arabia, Bangladesh, Syria, Hong Kong, and Yemen.

Winning this championship was a breakthrough for the tennis sport of Yemen and its players qualified along with Syria, which took the second place, and Indonesia, which took the third place and all will  participate in the second phase as the best representatives of the Asia continent in the World Tennis Cup for the Davis Cup, in Malaysia in May.

This championship was organized by the International Tennis Federation and was held at the SLTA Hard Courts in Sri Lanka. There  were 200 tennis players in two categories, under 14-years old and between 14 and 16-years old.

Yemen’s six players hailed from several different provinces, including Sana’a, Aden, and Taiz. It included two captains who are Zohair Moshgee and Sultan Al-Masmari and the other Yemeni tennis heroes are Ghassan Al-Anysi, Samir AbdulGhafoor, and Omro Mohammed in the under 14 category and Hussein AbdulRazag, Ghamdan Ali, and AbdulAziz Khalid in 14-16 category.

Ghassan exhibited exemplary playing skills in many of the matches he participated in and won by a large margin, recording a new Yemeni record after participating and winning the last two West Asia championships in the last two years and now will be entering the Asia Championship.

Also, the rest of the team’s performance gave the winning magic touches to win the tournament.

The small team’s captain has not yet reached his twentieth year, but Sultan led the team successfully to win this championship, while the captain Zohair expects his best players to only improve their game in the coming years and develop their distinctive skills.

Winners were received at the Sana’a International Airport by Moaamar Al-Iryani, first undersecretary of the Ministry of Youth and Sports; Undersecretary of the Ministry of Youth and Sports, Abdullah Bahyan; president of the Yemen Tennis and Squash Federation, Mohammed Rizk Al-Sormi; general director of the federations and courts in the Ministry of Youth and Sports, Abdullah Al-Dahbali; the secretary-general of the tennis Federation, Nabil Mahdi, in addition to many tennis fans.

Abdullah Bahyan, the Undersecretary of the Ministry of Youth and Sports, conveyed his warm regards to all players and praised them for their achievements and he communicated his hopes of getting the cup championship in Malaysia, too.

He added that the Ministry of Youth and Sports will do its best to honor the players for their achievements in adapting to their programs, camps, and overseas participations. He also called on the Tennis Federation leaders to do their best as well to develop the game and take more care by the heroes’ skills.

Zohair Moshgee, the tennis captain, gave a speech at the reception by the leaders of the Ministry of Youth and Sports and the tennis fans at the airport.

In it, he praised the role of the administration of the Tennis Federation in developing the game, led by Moahmmed Al-Sormi. Also, he encouraged the ministry to focus on supporting the winners. He also thanked Nabil Mahdi for providing the right atmosphere to achieve this victory.

For more information about the Yemen Tennis and Squash Federation logo on to www.yementf.co.cc

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