Qatar’s Rashed Nawaf claimed the second place at the 57th edition of Junior Orange Bowl International Tennis Championship in Miami, the USA from December 14-23, 2019.
The Annual Junior Orange Bowl International Tennis Championship is one of the most important and prestigious junior tennis tournaments in the world! This globally recognized event brings together over 1,500 of the top-ranked male and female 12-and-under and 14-and-under junior players representing more than 76 countries
Over the past 56 years, tennis legends such as Chris Evert, Jimmy Conners, Mary Joe Fernandez, Monica Seles, Andre Agassi and Steffi Graf have showcased their athletic talent as well as current pros, Caroline Wozniacki, Genie Bouchard, Maria Sharapova, Sloane Stevens, Roger Federer, Juan Martin del Potro, Kei Nishikori, and Andy Murray.
In the final match, Nawaf suffered a 6-4 6-3 defeat at the hands of Nishesh Basavareddy.
“I’m proud of taking the second place in prestigious tournament as it was really an exciting week for me” said Rashed Nawaf after the match.
“I think the semifinals match which lasted for more than 4 hours had its toll on me during the final match” he added.
In his route to the final, the Qatari player edged past Rodrigo Mendez in the semifinals, Lennon Jones in the quarterfinals, Nikita Filin in last 16 round, Benjamin Kreynes in the last 32 round.
Al Khelaifi: Nawaf is the first Qatari player to take the second place in Orange Bowl Championship
Khalid Al Khelaifi, Board Member of the Qatar Tennis, Squash and Badminton Federation and Head of National Teams Committee said, “The federation is proud of Rashed’s achievement as he is the first Qatari player to take the second place in Junior Orange Bowl International Tennis Championship.”
“Nawaf proves year after year that he is a promising player who can go the extra mile for the Qatari tennis in the near future.” He added.
Rashed Nawaf who joined Mouratoglou Tennis Academy has made some huge achievements in his junior career as he claimed the title of Kungens Kanna & Drottningens Pris Tennis Tournament in Sweden.