KUWAIT CITY, Nov 30: Kuwait Tennis National Team returned to the country after winning first place — gold medal — in doubles category in the just-concluded Arab Tennis Championship in Rabat, Morocco.
Among those who welcomed the team were Head of Kuwait and Arab tennis federations Sheikh Ahmad Al-Jaber Al-Sabah, Deputy Chairperson of Kuwait Tennis Federation Abdul-Samad Al-Aryan, board member of the federation Ali Saleem Al-Daihaani, representative of the Public Authority of Sports Bashar Al-Kandari and parents of the players.
The gold medal came through Kuwait’s tennis superstars Muhammad Al-Ghareeb and Abdullah Maqdis, as they defeated Morocco’s duo consisting of Khaled Aloosh and Mahdi Jadi by 3/6, 3/6.
Speaking at the event, Sheikh Al-Jaber expressed his appreciation and jubilation over the achievement of the tennis team that represented Kuwait in the Arab Tennis Championship. He dedicated the win to the leadership of Kuwait and its people.
Sheikh Al-Jaber also praised the performance level of Kuwaiti tennis superstars in the championship, adding that, “This achievement is within the framework of good preparations for Kuwait to participate in the second group of Davis Cup Asia/Oceania in Thailand.
The latest International Tennis Federation (www.itftennis.com) ranking for teams participating in the Davis Cup (www.daviscup.com) put Kuwait on top of Arab countries in the men’s category, which includes North African countries.
Kuwait is the only Arab-Asian country competing in the second group of Davis Cup Asia/Oceania with Kuwait’s Tennis National Team advancing to 59th position in the international ranking, performing better than some Arab and African countries in professional tennis; especially Tunisia which ranked 65th internationally while Morocco ranked 68th, Lebanon ranked 84th and Syria ranked 85th.