22 February, 2017

Fun For All At Lacoste Special Needs Clinic

Over 70 children were treated to an exciting day at the Dubai Duty Free Tennis Championships this morning as they participated in the Lacoste Special Needs Tennis Clinic. Children from Dubai Autism Center, Dubai Center for Special Needs and Al Noor Training Centre enjoyed tennis lessons from the Clark Francis Tennis Academy and met top doubles player Chan Yung-Jan.


The Lacoste Special Needs Clinic is specifically designed to offer a fun tennis experience for children with special needs, and they were delighted to meet Chan Yung-Jan, who said “I always like coming to these clinics as it’s so much fun to make the kids happy and help them enjoy tennis. It’s great to put smiles on their faces and Dubai Duty Free always put on a great show for the children.”

Rahima Amirally, a teacher from Dubai Center for Special Needs said: “The children have been coming to this event for the past few years and they really look forward to it each year. The coaches and the staff are fantastic, and what they get out of this socially lives with them for a long time, so thank you.” 

The children also had the chance to meet another doubles player, Aleksandrina Naydenova, who posed for photos with the children. 

Colm McLoughlin, Executive Vice Chairman and CEO of Dubai Duty Free, said: “Working with the Lacoste Special Needs Clinic has allowed us to spread awareness of the sport and give back to the community, and we enjoy seeing these children having such a great experience.” 

Tournament Director, Salah Tahlak was delighted to see so many children enjoying the day. “The children were having a lot of fun, it was great to see them getting the chance to play some tennis and having a top player here was an added bonus.” 

Play in the WTA event continues until 25th February, and the tournament continues between 27th February and 4th March with the 25th staging of the ATP World Tour event which includes Wimbledon, Olympic and ATP World Tour Finals champion and world number one Andy Murray, Australian Open champion and seven-time Dubai winner Roger Federer, defending Dubai champion Stan Wawrinka, two-time Dubai finalist Tomas Berdych and the entertaining Gael Monfils.

The Dubai Duty Free Tennis Championships is owned and organised by Dubai Duty Free, and held under the patronage of H. H. Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice-President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai. 

Tickets are still available from the Box Office at the Dubai Tennis Stadium, Garhoud which opens from 9am to 9pm daily. Tickets are also available online through further information about tickets, prices and the tournament visit

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