Mounir Laarej Wins Smash Men’s Singles Crown
16 May 2013
Mounir Laarej emerged as the men’s singles champion when he beat Mubarak Shannan in a one-sided final at the Smash Academy Tennis Tournament.

At the Khalifa International Tennis and Squash Complex on Monday, experienced and hard stroke- maker Laarej was helped by Shannan’s many unforced errors and poor first service, before winning the match 6- 4 6-2.

In the opening set, Shannan was constantly let down by his first serve. He had some good strokes but Laarej broke him in the fifth game to forge ahead. Then in the 10th game, he came back from two break points down to equalise. Then again Shannan failed to convert the advantagebefore Laarej forced him to run from the baseline for a drop and push the ball out.

The second set began with three breaks and Laarej led 2-1. He was 4-1 ahead with another break before holding his service for a comfortable 5-1 lead. Laarej had a simple task of retaining his serve, which he did with ease and won the title.

Qatar Tennis Federation Secretary General Tariq Zainal, Tournament Director Sultan Khalfan, Smash Tennis Academy’s Finance and Administration Director Tawfik Khouiammi and Operations Director Heikel Lakhdhar were present dur- ing the prize distribution cer- emony, watched by a good crowd of players and parents.

The organisers introduced the Fair Play Trophy this year and the first recipient was Kabiru Ibrahim. He was handed a trophy and a cash award of QR5,000. Khouiammi was quite pleased with the good levels of competition and large number of the players who figured in the tournament.

“We’re really delighted in many ways with the tourna- ment that we held with the support of the Qatar Tennis Federation. As you know, a record number of entries we got for various events. And then the commitment that the players displayed during the two-week-long tourna- ment was quite commend- able.

“We also launched the Fair Play Trophy to encourage the players to work hard and fol- low the true sporting spirit. Ibrahim was the most deserving player for the award. He did not progress after the quarter-finals but he surely played fantastic before bowing out of the singles,” added Khouiammi.
Lakhdhar conducted the prize distribution ceremony and proposed a vote of thanks to the chief guest Zainal.

Olla Mourad recorded a grand double, winning both the women’s singles and doubles contests. Issa Shannan, Bilal Malik and veteran Abdul Maliek Cassiem all won two titles with their outstanding per- formances.

Boys singles U-8: James O’Sulivan beat Nasser al Khulaifi
Boys singles U-9: Mohammed el Mohannadi beat William Neaves
Girls singles U-9 Amna Homoud beat Sravanti Nandakumar
Boys singles U-10 Erwan Chalabi beat Arthur Osulliran
Girls singles U-10 Danai Karagkounaki beat Leen al Mashni
Boys singles U-12 Bilal Malik beat Joud al Azmeh
Girls singles U-12 Chloe Saleh beat Muna al Atef
Boys singles U-14 Mubarak Sulaiti beat Siddharth Ramesh
Girls singles U-14 Fatima Amirul beat Mubarka al Naimi
Boys singles U-18 Issa Shanana beat Luis Velasquez Girls singles U-18 Tanya Grover beat Chaitali Mulik
Boys doubles U-12 Bilal Malik & Joud al Azmeh beat Marvin Calvaire & Mazahir Hameed
Boys doubles U-18 Issa Shannan & Omer al Jufairi beat Luis Miguel Velasquez & Manish Mehra
Ladies singles Olla Mourad beat Robie Lou Santos
Ladies doubles Olla Mourad & Matyak Regina beat Maha Bensouda & Kelli Campbell
Veteran’s singles Abdul Maliek Cassiem beat Nole Cagaanan
Veteran’s doubles Abdul Maliek Cassiem & Manny Lucas beat Ruben Bello & Boy Diong
Mixed doubles Sultan al Alawi & Lana Malakhova beat Robie Lou Santos & Arvin Jurao
Men’s doubles Elegtherios Christou & Sultan Khalfan beat Kabiru Ibrahim & Thato Morojele
Men’s singles Mounir Laarej beat Mubarak Shannan 6-4 6-2
Fair Play Trophy Kabiru Ibrahim