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Khalifa International Tennis and Squash Complex

The Khalifa International Tennis and Squash Complex is a tennis complex in Doha, Qatar. The center is owned and operated by the Qatar Tennis Federation. It is the home venue of the ATP World Tour's Qatar ExxonMobil Open and WTA event Qatar Total Open. It formerly hosted the year-ending WTA Tour Championships in 2008–2010. It has also hosted the tennis and squash competitions at the 2006 Asian Games held in Doha.

Khalifa International Tennis and Squash Complex
Khalifa Tennis and Squash Complex in Lekhwair.jpg
LocationDoha, Qatar
Coordinates25°18′44.56″N 51°30′52.02″E / 25.3123778°N 51.5144500°E / 25.3123778; 51.5144500Coordinates: 25°18′44.56″N 51°30′52.02″E / 25.3123778°N 51.5144500°E / 25.3123778; 51.5144500
OwnerMunicipalities of Qatar
Capacity7,000 (2008–present)
4,500 (1992–2007)
SurfaceHard, Outdoors
Construction
Opened16 December 1992
Expanded2008
ArchitectNussli Group[1]
(expanded 2008)
Tenants
Qatar ExxonMobil Open (tennis) (1993–present)
Qatar Total Open (tennis) (2001–2008, 2011–)
WTA Tour Championships (tennis) (20082010)
Asian Games (tennis) (2006)
Pan Arab Games (tennis) (2011)

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HistoryEdit

Professional tennis in Qatar started with exhibition tournaments featuring distinguished players. Due to the success of these games, it was decided that an official organization should be created for the same. On 9 April 1984, the Qatar Tennis Federation was established. In 1987 tennis was introduced to major sports clubs in Qatar. Games were held at four major sports clubs – Al Arabi, Al Saad, Al Ahli, and Al Rayyan.

In 1991 facilities at the Qatar Tennis Federation had increased including the number of tennis courts and on 16 December 1992 this new complex was inaugurated. The complex was recently built the Phase III which was a major upgrade for the complex.[2]

LocationEdit

The facility is located adjacent to the Qatar Sports club and Doha compound in the Al Dafna area of Doha. It sits on one end of the West Bay district at the intersection of the Majilis Al Taawon and Al Markhiya streets.

It is within walking distance of major hotels and commercial establishments in the district. Several food chains like Fuddruckers and Burger king also have branches with in or around the complex.

Expansion and facilitiesEdit

The stadium had an initial capacity of 4500 seats. It was renovated and enlarged in 2008 increasing its seating capacity to 7000. Additional areas introduced corporate boxes, lower, middle and upper sections. A media center and sponsor booths are also incorporated.

To cater to local needs an impressive VIP Tent along with a general public area with food courts and entertainment were gradually introduced. The complex has 24 courts and all the necessary facilities to host major tennis tournaments in the world.

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Khalifa International Tennis Complex". Retrieved 2011-02-27.
  2. ^ Al-Balagh Projects – Khalifa Tennis Complex https://www.albalagh.com/en_US/projects/khalifa-sports-complex/

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