Jumeirah to Host JBC Challenge

The open junior and adult championships will take place at The Jumeirah Beach Club from the 17th December 2003 to the 9th January 2004.

The Jumeirah Beach Club will host ‘The JBC Challenge 2004’ open tennis championships from the 17th December to the 9th January for juniors and adults. It is the first in a series of three price money tournaments in 2004.

The event, under the patronage of His Highness Sheikh Hasher Maktoum Bin Juma Al Maktoum and endorsed by Tennis Emirates, will be regulated by the tournament rules governing the International Tennis Federation (ITF) and is open to all male and female junior and adult players in the UAE.

Top players from Dubai expected to be participating in the tournament include UAE Davis Cup Players Behroozian and Nader, playing coaches Dunican, Bramly and Bulant, as well as The Jumeirah Beach Club’s top billings Andrew Evans and Ivan Sanchez. The women’s category will see The Jumeirah Beach Club’s Sanet Nel and top ranked player Lenka Zacharova and the junior event has already received confirmations from top UAE players Emily Leenan (girls under 12), Jennifer Smith (girls under 14) and Taras Kopach (boys under 18). More than 150 entries are expected for the tournament, which will award valuable points towards the UAE national tennis ranking to participants in all categories.

All matches from the Semifinals onwards will be played on published times and dates at The Jumeirah Beach Club with the seven floodlit tennis courts being the perfect backdrop for this tournament. Spectators are welcome to watch all matches free of charge.


The finals for juniors and adults will be played between the 6th and the 9th of January followed by an official awards presentation and ceremony on Friday, January 9th. All finalists will be awarded with trophies while attractive prize money awaits the finalists in the Men’s and Women’s Singles and Men’s Doubles. The tournament is sponsored by Tennis Emirates, Crystal Gallery and Wilson Sporting Goods and promises to see plenty of exciting action in the world of competitive tennis.