Ten­nis le­gend Becker to front Nad Al Sheba tour­na­ment

Sport360 - - Football - By Staff Re­porter @Sport360 edi­to­rial@sport360.com

Ger­man ten­nis le­gend Boris Becker will be one of the star at­trac­tions at the Nad Al Sheba Sports Com­plex on Thurs­day night, as the cur­tains go up on the sixth Nad Al Sheba Sports Tour­na­ment.

A for­mer world No1, six-time Grand Slam sin­gles cham­pion and win­ner of five year-end cham­pi­onships, Becker will join a long list of stars who have graced the NAS Sports Tour­na­ment, which is or­gan­ised by Dubai Sports Coun­cil (DSC) in the Holy Month of Ra­madan, un­der the pa­tron­age of His High­ness Sheikh Ham­dan Bin Mo­hammed Bin Rashid Al Mak­toum, the Crown Prince of Dubai and Chair­man of Dubai Sports Coun­cil.

Becker, who won his first ma­jor ti­tle – the 1985 Wim­ble­don crown – at the age of 17, joins a list which in­cludes the likes of Zine­dine Zi­dane, Luis Figo, Karim Ben­zema and Riyad Mahrez, and Brazil­ian Fal­cao, the “Pele of Fut­sal”, to have played in the tour­na­ment.

“It is a great pleasure for us to an­nounce that Boris Becker, one of the big­gest names in the world of ten­nis, will be a guest of hon­our at the open­ing cer­e­mony of this very spe­cial edi­tion of the NAS Sports Tour­na­ment,” said Has­san Al Mazrouei, Direc­tor of the tour­na­ment.

“We are cel­e­brat­ing this year as the Year of Zayed and this is also the year we are go­ing in­ter­na­tional with Egypt and Jor­dan host­ing events as part of the Nad Al Sheba Sports. So it is a spe­cial mo­ment for us and we are happy to have a great cham­pion grace the open­ing cer­e­mony.”

The open­ing cer­e­mony will start at 22:00 on Thurs­day and the Or­gan­is­ing Com­mit­tee have been busy putting the fin­ish­ing touches to a tour­na­ment that will see more than 5,000 ath­letes com­pete for a to­tal prize-purse of Dh6 mil­lion in Dubai, across 11 com­pe­ti­tions, from May 18 to June 6.

The Or­gan­is­ing Com­mit­tee has also re­vealed that some of the lat­est tech­nol­ogy will be made avail­able to the ar­bi­tra­tion and tech­ni­cal com­mit­tees for mon­i­tor­ing re­sults and per­for­mance of com­peti­tors.

Ready, set, go: The NAS tour­na­ment.

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