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Dubai Tennis diary: Wozniacki, Kvitova turn local


February 20

The world’s best female tennis players took some time out for fun and relaxation last night ahead of the Dubai Duty Free Tennis Championships at the WTA Players’ Party. 

Players mingled with dignitaries and guests and enjoyed the entertainment and locally themed attractions.

Caroline Wozniacki

Defending Champion Petra Kvitova, Andrea Hlavackova and Lucie Safarova

Petra Kvitova, Lucie Safarova and Andrea Hlavackova

Players’ Party 2: George Horan - President, Dubai Duty Free, Carmel Horan, Breeda McLoughlin, 2011 Dubai Champion Caroline Wozniacki, 2012 Dubai Champion Agnieszka Radwanska,  Colm McLoughlin - Executive Vice Chairman Dubai Duty Free, Salah Tahlak - Tournament Director and Sinead El Sibai - Vice President Marketing Dubai Duty Free.

Players’ party Ana Ivanovic:  Carmel Horan, Sinead El Sibai, Colm McLoughlin, Ana Ivanovic , Breeda McLoughlin  and George Horan. Ana visited the party straight from the court after her exciting win over Angelique Kerber.

Venus Williams


February 19

Over 200 aspiring young tennis players took to the courts at the Dubai Duty Free Stadium this morning for the Tennis Emirates – Head Coaching Clinic. 

The girls, from local schools, were delighted to participate in the skills clinic and to meet world ranked number 3 player Agnieszka Radwanska.

February 18

World number one Serena Williams joined forces yesterday with celebrity chef Silvena Rowe to cook up a storm in a 'Gastronomy Grand Slam'

Top seed Williams took advantage of her first round bye to meet Rowe, who is a headline attraction at this weekend’s Dubai Food Carnival, the opening event of the Dubai Food Festival.


Williams swapped the tennis court for a frontline role at an al fresco BBQ as she linked up with Chef Rowe, the star of BBC cooking shows, Country Show Cook-Off and Saturday Kitchen, and Chef Eric Vasta, Executive Chef, Jumeirah Creekside Hotel, to whip up a grilled green shawarma marinated baby chicken with crunchy mint and pomegranate salad at the five-star property’s signature Nomad restaurant.


February 17

Former world number one tennis star Ana Ivanovic visited the Al Fahidi Historic Neighbourhood in Dubai. Ivanovic visited the Majlis Gallery and met local calligraphy artist and Majlis exhibitor Khaled Al Saai. Al Saai, a huge Ivanovic fan, prepared a special tribute to Ana, writing “Ana Ivanovic, Star of Tennis” in Arabic calligraphy for her.