Posted on January 02, 2019

Every year during the Qatar ExxonMobil Open, ExxonMobil Qatar offers fans the opportunity to meet their favorite tennis stars at its stand in the Public Village. Hundreds of tournament-goers from all over the world gather at the stand to meet players and pick up signed giant size tennis balls.

Dominic Thiem, Jamie Murray, and David Goffin have already visited the stand and tried out the racing car simulator and the new green cube 3D virtual reality, which provides a genuine immersive experience of how dugongs live in their natural habitat. They also signed autographs for their fans. More of this year’s star-studded list of players will be passing by the stand. Fans are particularly excited about a possible visit by Novak Djokovic, and can increase their chances of seeing him and other players by regularly passing by the stand during tournament days.

Delighted fans meet tennis 2 [].jpg“We work very hard to make our stand interesting, entertaining and action-packed for every year of the Qatar ExxonMobil Open, but when the tennis players visit, it makes it an even more attractive venue for tournament-goers,” said Saleh Al Mana, Vice President and Director Public and Government Affairs for ExxonMobil Qatar. “These players are role models for millions of people around the world, especially youth. It’s wonderful to see them engage with their fans here in Doha – we’re very proud to provide a platform for this interaction that could inspire young tennis players in Qatar to pursue a career in tennis,” he added.

Every year, the Qatar Tennis Federation (QTF) works tirelessly to ensure that some of the biggest names in tennis travel to Doha to participate in the tournament. The Qatar ExxonMobil Open is an example of how Qatar is setting global standards for excellence across various industries and sectors. It also shines a light on the country’s position as a world-leading host of major sporting events.

“Tennis is as exciting and global as it ever was before, and it's only going to get stronger as more and more brilliant players emerge. Many of these players are playing here in Doha and people want to see them - to meet them,” said Tareq Zeinal, Secretary General Assistant of QTF. “We’re very pleased that ExxonMobil Qatar gives the public the opportunity to meet their tennis idols at the Qatar ExxonMobil Open year after year. The players are helping us inspire a generation of young tennis players and fans in Qatar – the future of Qatar’s tennis is bright because of such efforts,” added Zeinal.

ExxonMobil Qatar has been the title sponsor of the Qatar ExxonMobil Open for 25 years. Every year, the company ensures that its stand at the tournament’s Public Village is an exciting and creative spot with lots of fun activities to take part in. ExxonMobil is committed to supporting Qatar’s sustainable development goals, in line with the objectives of the National Vision 2030. By partnering with local organizations, the company invests in education and professional workforce development programs to promote a highly skilled and productive workforce that can build a more prosperous future.