GEMS Wellington International School & Jumeirah Primary School dominant in the National Schools Tennis Championship
Just a week after the world’s top players competed for the Dubai Duty-Free Tennis Championships, the courts at the Dubai Duty-Free Tennis Stadium were buzzing again between 7th – 21st March 2018. More than 250 young promising tennis players from 13 schools across UAE participated in the National Schools Tennis Championship presented by GEMS Sports Series. Both boys and girls competed with the fierce intention to win the championship for their schools across three categories - U9, U11 and U18.
The National Schools Tennis Championship is organized by UAE’s leading sports services provider - ESM (East Sports Management) and powered by technical partners CF Tennis.
The Tennis championships started with the U9 Tournament, which saw 72 tennis athletes participate. There was no shortage of talented players in this young category, as we witnessed some of the youngest tennis prodigies in Dubai. It was a tournament not to forget where GEMS Wellington International School, Dubai made the most of the momentum and won 1st place, followed by talented players from Jumeirah Primary School, Dubai in 2nd place and Nord Anglia International School in 3rd place.
In the U11 category, the crowds were entertained with some magnificent tennis action from young players who are on track to play at the highest level in the future. Throughout the match one could not divert their attention from the back-to-back shots, players were serving beautiful aces that were almost impossible to return, perfect drop shots and even better returns. Jumeirah Primary School won 1st place, with the athletes from GEMS Metropole putting a spirited effort to take the silver runners-up trophy. GEMS Wellington International School, Dubai carried their great form to win their second trophy of the championship with 3rd place.
The U18 tournament saw the most number of participants competing in any age group, with 116 participants looking to win top glory for their school. Great skills, strength, mental ability, stamina and acumen was present at the National Schools Tennis Championship. Dubai English Speaking College won 1st place followed by GEMS Wellington Academy, Silicon Oasis in 2nd place and GEMS Wellington International School picking up the bronze trophy and a trio of trophies collected over the 3-week long championship.
The competition was intense across the 3 dates, as you could clearly notice the enthusiasm, dedication and passion of every young athlete on the courts. While television gives you a nice view of a match and lets you watch in slouching comfort, it cannot match the invigorating surprises you find watching the tennis action live.
The National Schools Tennis Championship received fantastic feedback, especially from coaches. Bradley Mant, Primary PE teacher, GEMS Wellington International School said “As a school, we have entered a number of different teams into the Sports Series competitions on offer this year.
We have loved the fact there is now a ‘stand out’ tournament for each sport in which we can compete to be the best GEMS school. We had been to previous tennis events in the past but this really stood out because it was made for such an occasion. Everything from the video highlights to motivational signage and official presentations gave it a real professional feel and allowed our pupils to really feel part of the GEMS family competing on a big stage. The children all had a fantastic experience playing on good quality courts at the Aviation Club.”
James Bowring, Managing Director, ESM said “This is the first time the GEMS Sports Series had partnered with an existing event which has seen great action and talent over the last few years. It really adds another dimension to the player’s experience when they can play and win on the same courts as Williams and Federer. By working with CF Tennis we have together raised the bar on this event and with the combination of state of the art facilities and the type of competition on offer will only see the championship get bigger next year.”