By Abdellatif Sharaa
KUWAIT: The Arab Tennis Masters Tournament will be wrapped up today at Sheikh Jaber Al-Abdallah Al-Jaber Al-Sabah International Tennis Complex in the presence of President of Arab and Kuwait Tennis Federations Sheikh Ahmad Al-Jaber Al-Abdallah Al-Sabah, board members of ATF and KTF along with diplomats and sports figures.
Meanwhile the Masters title will be contested by Malik Jaziri and Syrian Mohamad Naqo in one semi-final and Hadi Habib from Lebanon and Mohamed Aziz from Tunis in the other semi-final. Meanwhile, the doubles will be contested between Tunis and Lebanon in one semi-final and Kuwait and Egypt in the other.
WTA's seventh ranked player Tunisian Ons Jabeur arrived in Kuwait yesterday as a guest of honor for the tournament and was received by President of KTF and ATF Sheikh Ahmad Al-Jaber and Federations officials. Ons will attend the singles and doubles final matches. President of Bahrain Tennis Federation Sheikh Abdelaziz bin Mubarak Al-Khalifa is pleased with Sheikh Jaber Al-Abdallah Al-Jaber Al-Sabah International Tennis Complex - calling it is a five star tennis facility.
Deputy Chairman of ATF Ayman Azmi lauded the good organization of the tournament. "I supervised the Qatar Open from 1993 until 2008 and now I am at the first Arab Masters - which revealed Kuwait's technical and administrative capabilities. The Sheikh Jaber Al-Abdallah International Tennis Complex (with its outdoor and indoor courts) is a significant addition to tennis - not only in the region but the world," he said.
Results of Friday's competitions were as follows; in the doubles, Kuwait's Abdelhameed Jumaa and Ali Al-Shatti defeated Sudan's Mohammad Abdallah and Khalid Derar 6-3/6-0 and they will face Egypt's Sherif Makhlouf and Amr Mohamed. Meanwhile, Kuwait's Bader Antar and Essa Qabazard are out of the tournament after losing to Lebanon's Hady Habeeb and Hassan Ibrahim 1-6/3-6. Tunisians Wisam Abdulrahman and Mohamed Aziz reached the semi finals as well. The singles matches saw Kuwait's Abdulhameed Jumaa depart after losing to Syria's Mohammad Hazem 6-3/6-3.