February 5, 2013 – Doha, Qatar – Ahead of the Qatar Total Open 2013, the Qatar Tennis Federation and Total held a Youth Day at the Lycee Voltaire School. QTF’s coach Wahid Alioua was on hand to speak with the students.
Captain Wahid explained to the students, who will be attending the Qatar Total Open 2013, what the WTA Tour is, the career of a touring professional player, the various opportunities presented in sport and answered their questions about tennis and playing the game.
Saad Al Mohannadi, Tournament Director of the Qatar Total Open 2013, said of the school visit, "It is important to host an event like this before the Qatar Total Open begins. It gives students the opportunity to understand the game and what the life of a tennis player is like before they go and see these professional athletes compete in the tournament. Today’s engagement gives students the opportunity to understand the world of sport fully, and not just what is seen on a court."
Representatives from Total spoke to the students about sports sponsorship and the business aspect of being involved in sports.
Stephane Michel, Managing Director of Total E&P Qatar said “We are very happy to be organizing this visit to Lycee Voltaire along with Qatar Tennis Federation, as it gives students the opportunity to fully understand what goes into making a great tennis player and the various opportunities offered in the tennis industry. Total highly values sports as a link to social development of a person, and as proud sponsors of the Qatar Total Open 2013, we look forward to supporting the creation of future tennis stars in Qatar”.
As Total Qatar and the Qatar Tennis Federation partner to present the Total Qatar National 2013 Youth Tournament and the Qatar Total Open, both entities are committed to exposing the nation’s youth to all the sporting resources on offer in order to elevate the level of tennis in the country and produce future champions.