Quotes: MENA   Enter Symbol: NewsLetter: Search: advanced

Gasquet latest addition to UAE Royals franchise  Join our daily free Newsletter

MENAFN - Khaleej Times - 25/06/2014
No. of Ratings : 0
Add to Mixx!

(MENAFN - Khaleej Times) Gasquet joins two former world numbers ones in novak djokovic and caroline wozniacki at the dubai-based squad.

sachin gadoya; dr ahmad sharif; eric m.gottschalk; abdulrahman falaknaz; mahesh bhupathi and sawan ravani during the press conference at hamdan bin mohamed bin rashid sports complex in dubai on tuesday. — kt photos by juidin bernarrd

richard gasquet has been drafted in as the latest inclusion to the uae royals franchise as they target the international premier tennis league (iptl) challenge trophy later on this year.

the french world number 14 confirmed his interest in participating in the inaugural edition of this revolutionary concept last week in the run-up to the wimbledon championships and the royals moved swiftly to sign him.

gasquet joins two former world numbers ones in novak djokovic and caroline wozniacki at the dubai-based squad which is supplemented further by janko tipsarevic and nenad zimonjic.

goran ivanisevic and martina hingis will be the uae royals’ representatives in the legends and mixed doubles categories respectively while tunisia’s malek jaziri adds an arabic local flavour to the multicultural mix overall.

“the team is competitive and they want to win and richard gasquet’s signing gives you a very competitive player on the team” uae royals ceo eric gottschalk said of gasquet who is the fourth frenchman among the four franchise teams alongside gael monfils fabrice santoro (both indian aces) and jo-wilfried tsonga (manila mavericks)

“with him janko tipsarevic — who is currently still injured — and novak djokovic they will be the three main singles players that we will rely on.”

many of the uae royals squad have regularly competed in the dubai duty free tennis championships in recent seasons.

it’s hoped that association in turn gives them an affinity and familiarity with the emirate that stands the franchise in good stead across the four legs of this competition.

“during the draft in march i asked (iptl founder and managing director) mahesh (bhupathi): ‘how can you pick up the best team which can win us the trophy and — most importantly — us1m’ said one of the uae roya’s five co-owners at ace ventures sachin gadoya.

“we sat through it together and picked up a very good team. most of our key players have played in dubai they all enjoy playing here in the emirate some of them are former world number ones and one is currently the world number two (djokovic).

“i met one of our marquee players novak djokovic last week and i spoke to him about our uae royals team.

“he mentioned that he is most excited about playing in dubai and — most importantly — for the uae royals.”alexkhaleejtimes.com

views from the uae royals camp

novak djokovic: “it’s a revolutionary idea in a way as it’s going to change the image of the sport to an extent because we’re going to have another team competition besides davis cup and fed cup and i’m looking forward to playing in it and being a part of that competition. it’s going to be played in asia which is a growing tennis market and one of the biggest markets in the world so hopefully the people can respond there to the tennis players in a positive way. it’s a brave idea and i really think that it’s going to help the popularity of our sport even more.

“after winning three consecutive championships in dubai the city holds a special place in my heart. i’m glad to be representing this treasure of the uae across asia and hope it continues to be my lucky charm.”

janko tipsarevic: “it’s young; it’s fresh but — in another way — it is also serious because that month even though we don’t have tournaments and points to count it’s a really important time to prepare for the next year.”

caroline wozniacki: “it’s a really cool concept to play as a team in so many different cities in asia. you get to travel and the fans get to see all of the best players play. it’s a great concept. i’m looking forward to play. it’s fun and it’s a good way for everyone to get interested in and excited about it straight away. you know that when you go to a team they really wanted you there and i’m sure they’ll take really good care of the players and i want all of us to play our best tennis.”


Khaleej Times

  MENA News Headlines
 Dec 1 2015 - Opec oil output increases in Nov, led by Iraq, SaudiMENAFN
(MENAFN) Opec oil output grew in Nov compared with the previous month, led by a rebound in Iraqi exports.Moreover; Opec supply increased in Nov to 31.77mn containers per day, from 31.64mn in ...

 Dec 1 2015 - Etihad Airways enhances presence in East Africa with new service between Dar Es Salaam and Abu DhabiEmirates News Agency (WAM)
(MENAFN - Emirates News Agency (WAM)) ABU DHABI 1st December 2015 (WAM) --- Etihad Airways the national airline of the United Arab Emirates today enhanced its presence in East Africa with the ...

 Dec 1 2015 - Hazza bin Zayed statement on national day UAENationalDay44Emirates News Agency (WAM)
(MENAFN - Emirates News Agency (WAM)) ABU DHABI 1st December 2015 (WAM)--H.H. Sheikh Hazza bin Zayed Al Nahyan National Security Advisor has paid a glowing tribute to the founding fathers who ...

 Dec 1 2015 - Rising foreign investment in Dubai realty to ensure stability in real estate market: H Holding EnterpriseEmirates News Agency (WAM)
(MENAFN - Emirates News Agency (WAM)) DUBAI 1st December 2015 (WAM) --- The growing number of foreign investors in Dubai property will lead to more stability in the real estate market according ...

 Dec 1 2015 - Mansour bin Zayed's statement on national day UAENationalDay44Emirates News Agency (WAM)
(MENAFN - Emirates News Agency (WAM)) ABU DHABI 1st December 2015 (WAM)H.H. Sheikh Mansour bin Zayed Al Nahyan Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Presidential Affairs has extended his ...

 Dec 1 2015 - ST Topping Pattern Begins to Emerge in USDOLLARDailyFX
(MENAFN - DailyFX) On a fundamental basis, we were already concerned about the viability of a USDOLLAR Index bull flag breakout given the wave of impending "high" level event risk at the end of this ...

 Dec 1 2015 - Saudi- Competition Council launches awareness caign to combat collusion in public tendersSaudi Press Agency
(MENAFN - Saudi Press Agency) Riyadh 19 Safar 1437 AH December 1 2015 SPA -- The Competition Council has launched its 5th awareness campaign for the second year of publication of competition culture ...

 Dec 1 2015 - Competition Council launches awareness caign to combat collusion in public tenders 2 RiyadhSaudi Press Agency
(MENAFN - Saudi Press Agency) The campaign also aims to deliver the message of the Council using a variety of methods of press and electronic ads and the design and production of audio-visual films ...

 Dec 1 2015 - Kuwait Stock Exchange ends session with mixed boardsSaudi Press Agency
(MENAFN - Saudi Press Agency) KUWAIT Safar 19 1437 December 01 2015 SPA -- Kuwait Stock Exchange (KSE) ended its session Tuesday in a mixed board with the price index up by 0.98 points to reach 5803 ...

 Dec 1 2015 - Muscat Securities Market Gains 9 PointsSaudi Press Agency
(MENAFN - Saudi Press Agency) Muscat Safar 19 1437 December 01 2015 SPA -- Muscat Securities Market (MSM) general index (30) today added (9.9) points comprising a rise by (0.18%) to close at ...




Click to Apply


Middle East North Africa - Financial Network

MENAFN News Market Data Countries Tools Section  

Middle East North Africa - Financial Network

Main News
News By Industry
News By Country

Islamic Finance News
Private Equity News

How-To Guides
Technology Section

Travel Section

Search News

Market Indices
Quotes & Charts

Global Indices
Arab Indices


Oil & Energy

Currencies Cross Rates
Currencies Updates
Currency Converter

USA Stocks
Arab Stocks

Saudi Arabia 

Economic Calendar
Financial Glossary

Financial Calculators

RSS Feeds [XML]

Corporate Monitor


Real Estate
Submit Your Property

Arab Research
Buy a Research

Press Releases
Submit your PR

Join Newsletters

© 2014 menafn.com All Rights Reserved.  Terms of Service | Privacy Policy | Contact Us | Advertise | About MENAFN | Career Opportunities | Feedback | Help