In 2018 Novak Djokovic defeated Kevin Anderson to take the men’s title. The Serbian will be returning to West London this year looking to get his hands on a fifth title – but he’ll have some tough competition from previous champions Rafa Nadal and Roger Federer, too.
Rather hit the court than settle in front of the telly? Fancy yourself as the next big thing? Here’s where to take up tennis in Dubai.
Al Habtoor Tennis Academy
This academy has three centres – in Al Habtoor City, Habtoor Polo Club and at the Habtoor Grand Resort at JBR. Whether you want to sharpen your skills or have a knock about, there’s something for you. Plus if you have a kid who’s a budding Andy Murray, there’s the rising stars training programme. There are outdoor courts at all venues, but as the weather is toasty, it’s worth checking out the indoor courts at Al Habtoor City – where prices start at Dhs700 for an hour’s private lesson. Alternatively book an indoor court for a knock-around for Dhs550.
Prices vary. Various locations including Al Habtoor City, Habtoor Polo Club and Habtoor Grand Resort, Autograph Collection (04 444 1010).
CF Tennis Academy
Of course with a name like Sports City you’re guaranteed to get a match in here. The area is built around five major sports venues, so whatever you’re into, you’ll find it here. CF Tennis Academy was set up in 1997 and also has branches in all across Dubai, including its HQ in Sports City as well as in Jumeirah, Mirdif and Al Barsha. There’s a large variety of activities such as ladies’ mornings, cardio tennis, club nights, junior programmes and more. Private lessons start at Dhs220, if you want to perfect your swing one-on-one.
Prices vary. Dubai Sports City, www.cftennisacademy.com.
Dubai Sports World
It’s scorchio outside, so it’s time to take it indoors and work up a sweat in the A-C. Dubai Sports World at Dubai World Trade Centre is open for the summer, and is a top place to check out if you want to practise your serve, slice and volley. You can play singles, doubles or take lessons (watch out Roger Federer). You can hire equipment but you’re advised to bring your own as well as book in advance. Not into tennis? There are other racket sports such as padel and badminton.
Dhs150. Daily 8am-midnight. Jun 19-Sep 10. Dubai World Trade Centre, www.dubaisportsworld.ae.
Dubai Tennis Academy
Fancy brushing up your serve and volley? This established academy can do just that. With classes for kids from age five and above, as well as ladies’ clinics, adult sessions and private lessons, there’s plenty to suit.
Prices vary. American University Dubai, Dubai Media City (058 845 0871).
Emirates Tennis Academy
This academy holds lessons at Al Salam school, where there’s an indoor hall to play in. There’s a range of lessons for all levels from beginners to advanced, with coaching tailored to what you want to improve. There are also ladies’ mornings and cardio tennis (a combo of fitness exercises and tennis), which is a fun way to keep fit.
Prices vary. Al Salam School, Al Nadha, www.emirates-tennisacademy.com (050 163 5231).
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