|Posted on October 15, 2012 at 2:00 PM|
All smiles: Berdych enjoyed himself as he larkedaround with budding tennis stars.
Abu Dhabi Welcomes Tennis Superstar Tomas Berdych on October 15th, 2012
• World number 6 arrives in the Capital to launch Mubadala’s Community Tennis Initiatives at Zayed Sports City
• Initiatives set to inspire a new generation of UAE tennis players as preparations for fifth edition of Abu Dhabi’s New Year tennis tournament ramp up
Big hitting Czech superstar Tomas Berdych will swing into Abu Dhabi on Monday 15th October to officially launch this year’s Mubadala’s Tennis in Schools and Community Cup initiatives at the Zayed Sports City, as excitement builds up across the UAE for the fifth Mubadala World Tennis Championship this New Year.
Having been announced to play in this year’s Mubadala World Tennis Championship alongside fellow stars Rafael Nadal, Andy Murray, Novak Djokovic, David Ferrer, and Janko Tipsarevic, Berdych, the current world number six, will host a series of interactive clinics to share his skills, experience and passion directly with children and PE teachers from schools across the country.
Speaking from China on the launch of the Mubadala Community initiatives Tomas Berdych said:
“When I made my debut two years ago at the Mubadala World Tennis Championship I saw for myself the genuine commitment across the community to support the growth of tennis. I enjoyed the tournament, especially seeing the energy of the young fans, so I’m excited to be invited back to Abu Dhabi to introduce more young players to the game and share my experience with the city’s coaches. Tennis has been a big part of my life from a very young age so it is always special for me to help those taking their first steps in the game. Who knows - hopefully one day some can follow in the footsteps of myself, Rafa, Novak and Andy into the world’s top ten.”
Berdych’s special appearance in Abu Dhabi will kick-start the expanded Mubadala Tennis in Schools program, a unique community initiative developed by the tournament organizers and supported by Mubadala to introduce tennis to children of all ages. For many young children in Abu Dhabi, the opportunity to play and train in the sport will be a new experience. The program provides expert coaching and free Wilson mini-tennis equipment while promoting the importance of regular exercise and a healthy diet.
Speaking ahead of the arrival of Tomas Berdych, John Lickrish, FLASH Entertainment said: “By introducing a world class player such as Tomas to children in Abu Dhabi this early on we’re giving a new generation an incredible opportunity to learn, play and enjoy tennis alongside an ideal role model. There is no other tournament in the world that enables youngsters to share such precious moments with their tennis heroes and we hope that this will create ever-lasting memories and a new love of tennis. I’ve no doubt when Tomas returns to Centre Court for our tournament he’ll have a few more young fans supporting him.”
Having coached kids and teachers from the Mubadala Tennis in Schools Program, Berdych will complete an action packed day in Abu Dhabi on court with last year’s winners of the Mubadala Community Cup competition. The aspiring hopefuls will enjoy a once in a lifetime coaching opportunity, absorbing some key training tips from the Czech legend as they prepare for the 2012 Community Cup which kicks off on 9th November in both Abu Dhabi and Dubai.
Six of the world’s top ten players will compete for the title in Abu Dhabi with latest Grand Slam winner and world number 3 Andy Murray joined by Mubadala World Tennis Championship defending champion and world number 2 Novak Djokovic, world number 4 Rafael Nadal, world number 5 David Ferrer and world number 6 Tomas Berdych alongside a debut appearance from Serbian superstar and world number 9 Janko Tipsarevic.
The Mubadala World Tennis Championship runs from 27th December to 29st December 2012.
Tomas Berdych with the school students during the tennis training camp at the Zayed sports city
Berdych launches Community Cup initiative
World No 6 hopes to inspire next generation
by sara sabry GOLF NEWS | October 15, 2012
Abu Dhabi: Tomas Berdych, the world No 6 tennis player, kickstarted the fifth Mubadala Community Cup initiative aimed at inspiring a new generation of tennis players in the UAE.
A star attraction in this year’s Mubadala World Tennis Championship alongside the likes of Rafael Nadal, Andy Murray, Novak Djokovic, David Ferrer, and Janko Tipsarevic, the Czech hosted a series of interactive clinics at the Zayed Sports City on Monday and shared his skills, experience and passion directly with children and PE teachers from schools across the country.
He also launched the Mubadala Community Cup, which is a series of local tournaments that give tennis fans the chance to experience the thrill of a competitive event with an exclusive spot in a clinic up for grabs. Registration for this year’s cup is now open, so all enthusiasts aged eight years and over are encouraged to sign up now at www.mubadalawtc.com to avoid disappointment. Entry is free and the champions of each age group will win a once in a lifetime opportunity to join an exclusive clinic hosted by one of the superstars at this year’s Mubadala World Tennis Championship.
Among the initiatives this year is the introduction of six consecutive and free after-school sessions for all children participating in the programme, which provides expert coaching and free Wilson mini-tennis equipment while promoting the importance of regular exercise and a healthy diet. More than 40 schools and 16,000 students are expected to take up the game as a result.
“I can’t wait to get back on court in Abu Dhabi for the tournament from December 27-29 and to also see how these kids have progressed,” Berdych said. “The atmosphere, weather and player line-up are all world-class so I am sure it will be great for both the players and the fans.
“I love to see young players inspired to pick up a racket for the first time. The younger they are introduced to the fame, the better.”
Berdych told the audience that he took up the game at the age of five and was constantly encouraged by family and friends. In the early days, he got by on natural ability but eventually his father took him to a tennis stadium for proper coaching.
“My tip for children who are willing to play tennis in the future is to take small steps and to set up small goals because the journey is still very long,” he said.
Amina Taher, head of community engagement at Mubadala, added: “These community initiatives are at the very heart of the Mubadala World Tennis Championship and having a player of Tomas’s calibre with us today demonstrates our ongoing commitment to grow tennis.
Czech tennis superstar Tomas Berdych with Amina Taher, Head of Community Engagement at Mabadala, and students from different schools in Abu Dhabi at the official launched this year's Mubadala Tennis in Schools and Mubadala Community Cup initiatives at the Zayed Sport City tennis stadium on Monday, Oct. 15, 2012.
Tomas Berdych teaches the kids
Monday, October 15, 2012 - World Number 6 Tomas Berdych is looking to make headlines himself in Abu Dhabi this December but he flew into the capital early to launch the Mubadala Tennis in Schools programme, and Graham Clews went down to Zayed Sport City to meet him.