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QAFCO Open from October 3

THE Qatar Fertiliser Company (QAFCO), in association with the Qatar Tennis Federation, will conduct its 23rd Annual Open Championship from October 3 to 17.

Apart from the men’s and women’s events, competitions will be held in the Under-10, U-14 and U-18 boys’, and U-10 and U-14 girls’ sections.

The group matches will be held at three different venues — Khalifa International Tennis Complex, Al Maha and Al Banush Club in Mesaieed. As a matter of tradition, the final will be held at Al Banush Club, which has been hosting it since the tournament’s inception in 1987.

The championship is quite often seen as a breeding ground for talented youngsters. Players like Qatar’s former Davis Cupper Sultan Khalfan, Amir Ibrahim, Mohammed Abdullah Al Ansari, Renaldo Amazona and Noel Caga, who have made it big at the national level, have all come through the QAFCO Open ranks.

Haider Hussein and Haidel Ali are the defending champions in the men’s and women’s section respectively.

Entries close on September 10.

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