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Dubai: Team ‘Uncle Saeed’, comprising Sheikh Saeed Bin Maktoum Bin Juma Al Maktoum and Abdulrazak Ahmed, clinched the bronze at Nad Al Sheba Sports Tournament Padel Championship after a thrilling three-set win while Javier Lopez Garcia and Alexander Farquharson clinched the gold.
Sheikh Saeed Bin Maktoum and Ahmed fought back after losing the opening set to down Humaid Ghanem Al Hajeri and Farhan Hudda 3-6, 6-4, 7-5 in the final on Monday night at Nad Al Sheba Sports Complex. Garcia and Farquharson, on the other hand, had few problems as they brushed aside Martin Noschese and Guillermo Villafane 6-2, 6-3 for the winner’s cheque of AED 30,000.
The runners-up in the gold category will take home AED 24,000, while the bronze category champion and runners-up will receive Dh 20,000 and Dh 15,000 respectively.
After his win, Sheikh Saeed Bin Maktoum conceded he was a bit tense going into the final, “because the technical level of the matches this year has been really high”.
“But we succeeded in breaking through that barrier and play at a level that paved the way for us to win the title,” he added. “I thank all the players who participated in the tournament and for the strong levels they provided. This tournament is confirmation of padel’s development and growth in the UAE.”
Javier Lopez Garcia, meanwhile, was delighted his hard work ahead of the tournament had paid off. “I am very happy to win the title here in NAS,” he said. “I had prepared very hard for this tournament, training for many months. The tournament was really good and I am very happy because a lot of people are getting involved in padel, which is very good for the growth of the sport.
“I am looking forward to playing more tournaments like this one. Hopefully with this pandemic situation, everything will get better.
“The next for me is gonna be international [tournaments]. I will represent NAS in those tournaments and I will try to do my best in all of them.”
Earlier in the women’s bronze category final on Sunday night, Josipa Bek and Selma Babic had rallied from a set down to beat Karina Simeonova Lozova and Alessa Belbes 3-6, 7-6, 6-2 for the title.
Al Meydan Road and Muscat Street will be partially closed on Wednesday and Thursday nights, from 10pm to midnight, for the 10km and 5 km NAS Runs.
Dubai Police, Roads and Transport Authority of Dubai, Dubai Municipality and Dubai Corporation for Ambulance Services are the strategic partners for this year’s Nad Al Sheba Sports Tournament, while Dubai Duty Free, Pocari Sweat and Tecnotree have signed up as sponsors for the eighth season of the tournament.