Coach of Serena Williams to open Kuwait tennis academy

Patrick Mouratoglou signs deal with Kuwaiti developer to open first academy outside France

US tennis superstar Serena Williams. (AFP/Getty Images)

US tennis superstar Serena Williams. (AFP/Getty Images)

A world-renowned tennis academy, run by the coach of Serena Williams, will open its first overseas coaching facility in Kuwait.

Tamdeen Group, the Kuwaiti property developer, has signed up the France-based Mouratoglou Tennis Academy for its upcoming Sheikh Jaber Al Abdullah Al Jaber Al Sabah International Tennis Complex.

The academy partnership, along with the Kuwait Tennis Federation, will see Patrick Mouratoglou spearhead the program.

The Kuwait academy, scheduled to open in 2019, will be his first international facility outside of France, a statement said.

Mouratoglou has enabled players, including Serena, to win 10 grand slam titles, 2 Olympic golds, 3 WTA Tour championships and 14 premier titles, it added.

The tennis complex is an integral part of Tamdeen Group’s expansion project, which will also feature a shopping mall and a signature five-star hotel.

Sheikh Ahmed Al-Jaber Al-Abdullah Al-Sabah, president of Kuwait Tennis Federation said: “There is tremendous sporting talent in Kuwait whose potential is yet to be fully harnessed. It is my firm belief that our partnership with the Mouratoglou Tennis Academy will herald a new wave of tennis players from Kuwait and the wider region as we nurture home-grown talent to take their place on the global tennis stage.”

At Mouratoglou Tennis Academy’s original outpost in France, over 7,500 matches are played by students annually. Last year it enrolled 145 students across 35 nationalities.

Mouratoglou said: “The facilities and playing conditions at Kuwait’s Sheikh Jaber Al Abdullah Al Jaber Al Sabah International Tennis Complex will be on par with the best in the world and will merit coaching of the highest standards.

"I believe that our partnership with Tamdeen Group and the Kuwait Tennis Federation will give rise to a new breed of tennis champions from the region and I look forward to eventually seeing them play in the grand slams.

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