I watch a lot of sports, and since moving to the Middle East I’ve been unable to find a television package that offers two of my favourites sports to watch – rugby & cricket. These are the two main sports that my country excels in. Even though the Proteas `(the South African cricket team) have never won a Cricket World Cup, they continue to dominate Test Cricket, One Day Internationals as well as the T20 format, with numerous Proteas players featuring in the top three of the world ankings in batting and bowling. The national rugby team (the Springboks) have won the Rugby World Cup twice, once in 1995 and again in 2007. You may have noticed I didn’t mention our football team (Bafana Bafana), that’s because, well… and I’m quoting the South African Minister Of Sports here – “they are a bunch of losers”. Now if our very own minister feels that way about this lot, who am I to say anything different?
Right, before I get ahead of myself and give you a history lesson on South African sport – let me get back to my topic at and. One sport that I am really fond of that I have been able to watch plenty of is tennis. The people of Qatar are big fans of the game of tennis. They even host the Qatar Open in the beginning of the year during the cooler months. The Qatar Open is an official ATP and WTA event and I got to watch it live this year. It took place at the Khalifa International Tennis and Squash Complex as it does every year. Many of the biggest tennis stars came out to play. This year’s men’s singles title was won by Serbian superstar Novak Djokovic, who beat Britain’s Any Murray in the final. The women’s singles title was won by Czech Karolina Pliskova in straight sets against Denmark’s Caroline Wozniacki. What a privilege it was to watch the sport at the very highest level there is.
Watching the world’s top players live has reignited my own motivation to improve my tennis game and play socially. So I’m currently training for the Social Winter Tennis Tournament in Doha, Qatar which takes place during November and December. Every aspect of my game needs work. I wish I was only concentrating on improving my backhand or just my serve – but the reality is, everything needs to improve if I’m going to be competitive. I’ll be playing ladies that are on my level, which is promising. I’ll keep you informed as to my progress every now and then on social media.
On a positive note, I did find this cute Adidas skirt and top set at Go Sport at City Centre Doha mall. It’s actually been quite a battle finding tennis dresses in the local malls, let me know in the comments below if you’ve spotted any stylish tennis outfits recently or have discovered a website that delivers in Doha. It’s important to look as descent as I can while I sweat like a pig.