A six-day training trip by members of Belgium's Davis Cup team concluded with a clinic for up-and-coming tennis players at Zayed Sports City. Thirty five highly-motivated juniors had the opportunity to learn from and be inspired by the 2015 Davis Cup runners-up, as well as six top-200 players who accompanied the team during the session. The trip was facilitated by Belgium's Hope and Spirit Foundation.
The team's selection of Zayed Sports City as a pre-season training location, further solidified the reputation Abu Dhabi has earned as an international tennis destination. Throughout December Elina Svitolina, ranked 19 in WTA, took residence on the Zayed Sports City tennis stadium, which also hosted the Mubadala World Tennis Championship over the New Year's weekend. Abu Dhabi is also considering an ATP tournament and hosts numerous other tennis events throughout the year such as an ITF tournament and inter-club competitions.
As the largest and most professional tennis complex in the city, Zayed Sports City has been central in the increasing popularity of the sport. The site includes nine courts, which are open to the public, and offers programs for men, women, juniors and children through PSS Tennis Academy. Providing high-quality coaching and facilities, the site has more than 100 high performance youth athletes, including two NCAA Division I scholars. Zayed Sports City developed the largest community tennis tournament in the region, the Abu Dhabi Wilson Tennis Cup, which will take place in March.
Ruben Bemelmans, current ATP 109, said the following about the facility "The courts at Zayed Sports City are nice. For a player, you notice the court plays at perfect speed. The weather obviously is a plus, with perfect conditions to prepare for professional players who go to Australia. I think it is a perfect accommodations to prepare as a professional tennis player and to practice as a child here, especially with world-class coaches."