Doha, Qatar – President of the Qatar Tennis Federation H.E Nasser Bin Ghani Al Khelaifi addressed a press conference at the Khalifa International Tennis & Squash Complex just over two weeks ahead of the start of the prestigious Qatar Total Open WTA tournament.
“It is fantastic to see six of the world’s top 10 players entered for our tournament which is in its 13th year. Our defending champion Simona Halep from Romania has risen up the rankings from No.10 to No.3 in the world and is now a real title contender at Grand Slam tournaments.
We have the current Wimbledon champion, Petra Kvitova who enters our event as No.4 in the world while there are others such as former No.1 Caroline Wozniacki and one of the all-time greats, Venus Williams who will grace our splendid facility.
I am pleased to see the strength of the player field improving every year and also the good response of the public to these top athletes as well. There are numerous countries represented which means the public will always find someone to support. The higher organizing committee deserves credit for putting together such a wonderful event which will highlight Doha as a sporting location to the world,” said H.E Nasser Bin Ghani Al Khelaifi.
Tournament naming right sponsor, Total E&P Qatar explained their history with the tournament and how much it means to them as an organisation.
“Total was the sponsor of the very first edition of the Qatar Total Open, 14 years ago. Step by step, we have seen the tournament grow and become one of the major sporting events in Qatar, attracting the biggest tennis stars in the world while shining a grand spotlight on Doha. Qatar has no doubt proven its ability to organize such a Grand Slam class tournament. Total is proud of this partnership and this is a great satisfaction for us working with QTF,” said Guillaume Chalmin, Total E&P Qatar Managing Director and Group Representative.
The 2015 Qatar Total Open is being held 23-28 February with all matches will be played at the Khalifa International Tennis & Squash Complex.