Qatar Airways and Qatar Duty Free (QDF) are sponsors of the Qatar Total Open Tennis Tournament 2020 at the Khalifa International Tennis and Squash Complex in Doha. The tournament begins tomorrow and runs through to Saturday, February 29.
The 23-year-old Ashleigh Barty from Australia, currently ranked world No. 1 in singles by the Women’s Tennis Association, is leading the champions competing in the 2020 Qatar Total Open. She is joined by some of the world’s top players, including 27 year old Karolina Pliskova from Czech Republic and Simona Halep, the 28 year old from Romania who has twice been ranked world No. 1 in singles in recent years.
Qatar Airways and QDF will host special booths in the sponsors’ village, offering all tournament attendees a taste of their world-renowned five star services. The Qatar Airways booth will feature an interactive green screen where guests can get their photos printed on stunning virtual backgrounds, while the QDF booth will feature a guessing game, offering participants the chance to win exciting QDF prizes.
Qatar Airways Senior Vice-President Marketing and Corporate Communications, Salam al-Shawa, said: “Qatar Airways is very proud of its extensive sports sponsorship portfolio. Through our global sponsorships that span a variety of sports including tennis, soccer and golf, we are ensuring that Qatar is established as a world-class venue for top global sports events.
“Qatar was once known as a hidden gem. This is no longer true as the world is now seeing Qatar for the fantastic country it is. In addition to the beautiful weather that Qatar offers, the world-class facilities available here in Doha, coupled with the warm Qatar hospitality, make it the perfect destination for a variety of world-class events.”
Qatar Duty Free Vice President Operations, Thabet Musleh, said: “Qatar Duty Free is proud to be a key partner to one of the most high profile annual sporting events that takes place in Doha. This year, the tournament is a WTA Premier ATP 500 series with a bigger draw of 56 single players over the course of seven days. “Last month, we sponsored the 29th edition of the Qatar ExxonMobil Open along with Qatar Airways and we are delighted to continue to support major sporting events that are aligned with the Qatar National Vision 2030. We invite spectators at the tournament to discover the QDF booth at the entertainment village for a chance to win exciting prizes, courtesy of Qatar Duty Free. Tournament Director Saad al-Mohannadi said: “It has always been a pleasure to host each edition of Qatar Total Open, particularly with the great support we’ve enjoyed from our partners and supporters of tennis in Qatar - Qatar Airways & Qatar Duty Free. We are grateful for their tremendous support over the years and we are delighted to have them as our sponsors. QTF believes that more lies ahead for these great organisations as we continue to lift the profile of tennis high in Qatar and in the region.”
Qatar Airways is proud to have developed a wide range of global sports sponsorships, supporting top-level sporting events and some of the world’s biggest football clubs. As official FIFA partner, Qatar Airways recently sponsored the FIFA Club World Cup Qatar 2019 and will sponsor the FIFA Club World Cup 2020 edition ahead of the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022.
Qatar Airways will also sponsor the upcoming first edition of the Qatar Airways International Tournament from 26-30 March 2020. The inaugural event will feature top national football teams Belgium, Croatia, Portugal and Switzerland. The airline is also proud to sponsor premier sporting clubs around the world, including leading German football team FC Bayern München AG, Italian football club AS Roma, France’s most successful football club Paris Saint-Germain and Argentinian club Boca Juniors.
Qatar Duty Free has also sponsored the Commercial Bank Golf Masters since 2009 and, this year, extended its sponsorship of this sport to the annual TFWA Golf Tournament at the TFWA World Exhibition & Conference in Cannes.
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