World-renowned Tennis Stars Learn Ancient Art of Arabic Calligraphy from young UAE National
Marking their return to the Mubadala World Tennis Championship, world number two, Rafael Nadal, and sixteen times Grand Slam winner, Roger Federer, took part in a unique Arabic calligraphy session overlooking the iconic Sheikh Zayed Mosque in Abu Dhabi today.
The Mubadala World Tennis Championship sees six of the world’s most sensational players battling it out at the International Tennis Complex at Zayed Sports City between December 29th and 31st. The Mubadala World Tennis Championship is the highlight of Mubadala’s tennis program that brings world-class tennis to the local UAE community.
Rafael Nadal, who is back in Abu Dhabi to defend his 2010 Mubadala World Tennis Championship title, said: “It’s been great to learn about this ancient Arabic art form. I’m excited to be back in Abu Dhabi to defend my title and for an exciting start to the global tennis season.”
World number three, Roger Federer, commented: “It’s fantastic to see my name written in the beautiful art of Arabic calligraphy. I’m especially excited about the Championship itself with the top line up. Abu Dhabi’s involvement in sports and the world class facilities it offers are helping put the city on the international sporting map. “
The Mubadala World Tennis Championship will be held at the International Tennis Complex in Zayed Sports City – a world-class facility that provides an excellent platform to showcase the sport’s top flight.
The unique combination of a ‘winner takes all’ prize and a format that takes fans on day one immediately to what would otherwise be the quarter-final of a major championship guarantees explosive performances and attacking tennis with two matches each day to thrill the crowds on centre court.