Assisted by the splendid facilities on offer throughout the country and heavily-promoted by the UAE Tennis Association, tennis is a much favored sport in the UAE, both at amateur and professional levels. Nine of the world’s top 14 players competed in the 1999 Dubai Tennis Open (February 8–14), a US $1 million ATP Tour World Series event organized by Dubai Duty Free Aviation Club Tennis Center. In 1998 the Dubai Tennis Open was presented with the ‘Tournament of the Year’ award in the 54-event 1998 ATP Tour World Series.
The Dubai Tennis Open is a week of serious competition for the world’s top stars as well as a time of entertainment for families in the UAE. Surrounding events help to promote tennis and to show through fun games and competitions how easy and accessible the game can be for all ages and levels of competence.