Saudi Arabia, which is Mecca of Islamic World, has taken a bold step in sending a squad of 4 female tennis athletes for Billie Jean King Cup qualifiers in Sri Lanka this week.
It is the first time female in junior league are taking part in any ITF event from Saudi Arabia.
“This is an amazing experience, and it is so empowering,” Saudi Arabia captain Areej Farah said.
“Taking part in this event is a big step for women’s tennis in Saudi, and we are all very proud to represent our country and do our best,” she said. “Watching doors open for our young Saudi female athletes is just beyond exciting.”
Evolving in sports is in the long term plan of Saudi Management. Recently, Cristiano Ronaldo signed for Al Nassr of Saudi Arabia in a deal believed to be worth more than 200 million euros. Similarly, Saudi Arabia’s women’s football team played their first match in February 2022.
The ITF claimed that it has been working with the Saudi Arabian Tennis Federation on developing junior stars over the past few years.
“The Saudi Arabian Tennis Federation’s approach of developing junior tennis has helped them form a girls team, which is participating at an ITF team event for the first time,” said the ITF’s development officer for Western and Central Asia, Amir Borghei. “It is wonderful to see.”
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