|Posted on December 29, 2013 at 8:00 PM|
Tomas Berdych accompanied by his girlfriend Ester Satorova and mother attends the player party at the Qatar ExxonMobil Open on December 29, 2013 in Doha
Gala Dinner at QEMO
Official website Doha
Before the action on court began for the Qatar ExxonMobil Open 2014, the players took time to unwind and enjoy at the annual player gala dinner. It was held at 8:00pm at the Al Mirqab Ballroom at the Four Seasons Doha. This year’s event celebrated 22 years of men’s professional tennis in Doha.
In attendance were Qatar Tennis Federation President, H.E. Nasser Ghanim Al-Khelaifi; Secretary General, Yousef Al-Obaidly; Assistant Secretary General, Tariq Darwish Zainal; Executive Director, Saad Al Mohannadi; Tournament Director, Karim Alami, and VIP guests from ExxonMobilQatar, Inc. and other sponsors. Speeches were made by H.E. Nasser Ghanim Al-Khelaifi and ExxonMobil Qatar, Inc. President, Bart Cahir.
World No. 1,Spain’s Rafael Nadal, joined his fellow seeds onstage, including countryman, David Ferrer, Andy Murray of Great Britain, Tomas Berdych of Czech Republic and defending champion, Richard Gasquet, to kick-off the start of the tournament. Singles and doubles players were all there to enjoy an evening with sponsors, guests and VIPs.
The dinner was invite-only and has always been a highlight for the players coming to the tournament. Tournament Master of Ceremonies, Andy Taylor, was on hand to be the MC for the gala dinner as well. Entertainment included music by Doha Jazz, a mentalist, the stylish workings of a quick-change artist, hat jugglers and a trivia quiz with prizes for lucky winners – two of those winners being ATP World Tour players Pablo Andujar and Julian Knowle – who answered questions about the past 22 years of the Qatar ExxonMobil Open.
Tomas with mother Hana and girlfriend Ester at the gala dinner