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The three-day competition is being supervised by UAE Tennis Federation and supported by Ras Al Khaimah Tourism Development Authority. EMPower Sports Services are the organisers of the event which carries a prize purse of $15000.
With the final scheduled for Wednesday, the Ras Al Khaimah will also host the second edition of the BT200 Championship beginning on April 16.
Nasser Yousuf Al Marzouqi, General Secretary of UAE Tennis Federation, said: “With the participation of best ranked players and a huge prize purse further cement the UAE’s position as a sporting destination for the region.
“We have been blessed with such a beautiful coastline which suits events of this nature,” he added.
“The organization of beach tennis tournaments in the UAE will help our players to sharpen their skills for future events.”
The Italian-Russian pairing defeated the Russian duo Kirill Fartukov and Maxim Lonin in straight sets 6-2, 6-1 in the final.
The competition was held under the patronage of Sheikh Abdullah Bin Hamad Bin Saif Al Sharqi, President of the Emirates Bodybuilding and Fitness Federation.
The revamped 12-team women's competition was initially due to take place on indoor clay in the Hungarian capital in April but was called off in response to the virus outbreak.
Messi, 34, held off the challenge of Bayern Munich’s Robert Lewandowski, Real Madrid’s Karim Benzema and Chelsea’s Jorginho to collect the prize and move two clear in his long-running battle with five-time winner Cristiano Ronaldo, who was among the 30 players shortlisted but did not feature in the top three for the first time in 11 years.
Ronaldo wrote on his Instagram account, “I would like to talk about the statements of Pascal Ferre, in which he said that my only ambition is to end my football career with more Golden Balls than Lionel Messi, and that's a lie.”
Six of the eight stadiums that will host next year’s big event being used for the FIFA Arab Cup: Ahmad Bin Ali Stadium, Al Janoub Stadium, Al Bayt Stadium, Ras Abu Aboud Stadium, Al Thumama Stadium, and Education City Stadium.
To mark UAE’s Golden Jubilee celebrations, Dubai Chess and Culture Club, will host the 50th National Day Championship. Around 102 players including UAE players representing 26 countries will battle for top honours at the 50th National Day Championship.