Posted on December 30, 2015

ExxonMobil Qatar and the Qatar Tennis Federation (QTF) have kick-started a series of promotional activities leading up to the launch of the Qatar ExxonMobil Open 2016, which will take place at the Khalifa International Tennis and Squash Complex on January 4-9, 2016. As the first ATP World Tour tennis tournament of the year, the Qatar ExxonMobil Open is a much-anticipated sporting event that hosts some of the world’s top tennis players, and attracts thousands of tennis enthusiasts from the region and beyond.

Although several exciting activities have been lined up ahead of the tournament, the main attraction is the Giant Selfie Ball Competition. Under this particular activity, a number of oversized tennis balls have been placed at key locations including Souq Waqif, the Corniche and Katara for visitors and residents of Doha to see and access. Followers of ExxonMobil Qatar’s Instagram and Twitter accounts will be invited to photograph themselves with these oversized tennis balls and post their images on either platforms using the hashtag #EMtennis. By doing so, participants have the opportunity to win a number of valuable prizes.

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Earlier this week, a ribbon cutting event was held at the site of one of the oversized tennis balls located on the Corniche, marking the official launch of the promotional activities. Saleh Al Mana, Vice President and Director of Government and Public Affairs for ExxonMobil Qatar; Tareq Zeinal, Secretary General Assistant of QTF; and Karim Alami, Tournament Director attended the ceremony. “We are extremely pleased to begin promotional activities for the Qatar ExxonMobil Open 2016 together with our valued partner the Qatar Tennis Federation, and to inform the residents of Qatar and the country’s visitors that this annual world-class sporting events is fast approaching,” said Alistair Routledge, President and General Manager for ExxonMobil Qatar.

“Much thought and planning has gone into the multitude of activities we have organized with the Qatar Tennis Federation this year ahead of the tournament. We are proud of the efforts that have transpired and what promises to be yet another thrilling tournament to add to Qatar’s long list of exceptional, world-class sporting events that showcase the bright energy of the country,” he added. Tareq Zeinal said, “We are thrilled to go through this promotional plan with our loyal title partner ExxonMobil Qatar! We have been working hand in hand with ExxonMobil for 22 years and through this cooperation we could prove that Qatar is a leader in hosting such world-class events.”

“This initiative aims to highlight the success that the tournament has gained, we are so proud of what we have reached and the best is yet to come. We promise to introduce all our fans to another edition of great tennis,” he added. Karim Alami also said of the event, “We are proud to get the support of a Qatari and International company, and we hope they will continue to support us in the future so that we can turn our plans and projects into real achievements. We also look forward to building strong local relations. We are putting the final touches to our preparations for the tournament in its 24th edition, and are ready for the all tennis fans who are coming to enjoy its world-class atmosphere."

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Aside from the Giant Selfie Ball Competition, ExxonMobil Qatar will use its Twitter and Instagram accounts to introduce a tennis trivia competition, giving its social media followers more chances to win exciting prizes by posting their answers using the hashtag #GetReadyEMtennis. ExxonMobil Qatar and QTF will also place mini courts at Gulf Mall and Villaggio for people to compete against one another in three-minute tennis matches. Winners of these matches will receive valuable prizes.

Marking the 24th anniversary of the tournament, this year’s Qatar ExxonMobil Open will run from January 4 – 9, 2016, bringing some of the world’s top players together to compete for the trophy and a share of the prize money. Confirmed tournament participants include world no. 1 Novak Djokovic, the Matador Rafael Nadal, world no. 6 Tomas Berdych and defending Qatar ExxonMobil Open 2015 champion David Ferrer.

Tickets for the six-day event are available to the public online at, as well as at various locations across Doha.