Tennis tournaments: Qatar, Medibank International, Heineken Open and South Asian Tennis Open
Qatar Tennis Tournament:
Qatar Tennis tournament provides a great opportunity to players from Qatar to show off their talent at the biggest stage. The players are not just given a chance to complete against the best in the world but they also receive huge prize money for their achievements in the tournament. Qatar Tennis Tournament promotes tennis so that it can become popular game in the country. The tournament is held by Qatar Tennis Federation in 1984 through the efforts of Issa Ghanem Al Kuwari. He was also the first elected president of Qatar Tennis Federation.
In 1987, the tournament invited top tennis clubs to play their tennis here. As of now, Al Saad, Al Rayyan and Al Arabi are playing here. Qatar Tennis Federation and the tournament itself has encouraged number of players to take up tennis as professional sport, helping the country produce more and more tennis players. The tournament holds men’s as well as women’s matches to provide equal opportunities to both the genders. The total prize money of the tournament is $1110,250.
Medibank International Tennis Tournament:
The Medibank International tournament is played in famous Olympic Park in Sydney. The tournament has few other names including New South Wales Open. Since Medibank is the major sponsor of the tournament, it is known with its name internationally.
The Medibank International is the oldest tennis tournament in the history of the game. The tournament started back in 1885 when colonial officials were looking to find tennis players in different colonies. That was the reason that this tournament was initially held. After its substantial success, it became a regular event in tennis calendar. Even the team selection for Davis Cup depends heavily on the player’s performances in the tournament. The tournament has been a part of Grand Prix Tennis Tour from 1970 to 1989. The entire arena has 15 outdoor hard courts. The tournament has a prize money of $600,000.
Heineken Open Tennis Tournament:
Heineken Open is help in Auckland, New Zealand under the supervision of Association of Tennis Professionals. It is one of the largest events in tennis.
This tournament started when Auckland Tennis started building permanent tennis courts in 1920. Local funds put in effort and collected plenty of funds for establishing new courts. For next 30 years, local tennis enjoyed the courts as it played local matches throughout these years. In 1981, local tennis tournaments started giving chance to men as well as women. However, International Series started in the courts in 1998 and stayed that way till 2008. After that, the tournament became ATP World Tour 250 event. The tournament has prize money of $436,000
South Asian Tennis Open:
South Asian Tennis Open is a hard court tournament played in the outdoors. This professional tournament started as a part of Grand Prix circuit and eventually became part of 250 tennis series event. The tournament is held in Johannesburg each year.
The tournament has a finance of $500,000 and prize money of $443,500. The tournament had issues with ATP tour but returned to its status after 13 years. The court can hold up to 6000 fans during matches.