Dhahran Junior Tennis ace claims title at Bahrain tournament
Issah Ali received his trophy by HE Sheikh Abdulaziz Al-Khalifa of Bahrain.
Fourteen-year-old Issah S. Ali earned top honors, sweeping five set matches to claim the singles title in the International Boys 14 and Under Asian Tennis Federation held in Bahrain from Oct. 2 to 9.
Featuring more than 60 players from across Asia (including Saudi Arabia, Bahrain, the UAE, Sri Lanka, Pakistan, India, Uzbekistan, and the Philippines), the tournament features the highest grade of competition for this age category.
Issah, 14, is the son of Aramcon Amear Ali.
Having begun playing tennis at age 8, Issah quickly excelled, earning the top ranking in the Kingdom in the 12 and under category. And his first-place finish set a new high-water mark for the Dhahran Junior Tennis Association (DJTA), to which he belongs.
“Issah is an extremely talented individual who is hard working and dedicated to tennis,” said Khazaei. “The success to date reflects his passion and dedication and the support he has received from family, coaches, and Aramco Recreation.”
Issah had a strong summer in leading up to the recent win, winning four tournaments.
“Issah’s hard work, dedication and the blessings from God, are key factors for his success, which has been thoroughly supported by Aramco’s Recreation Department, and Saudi Aramco Schools, which he currently attends in Dhahran,” added Amear Ali.
Leading by Example
Issah was awarded his trophy by HE Sheikh Abdulaziz Al-Khalifa of Bahrain. The DJTA really hopes that Issah’s success will inspire the younger members to follow in his footsteps and add further joy for DJTA and Aramco’s community as a whole.
The objective of DJTA is to promote the game of tennis through recreational and competitive programs for members within the Aramco Dhahran community. The DJTA is responsible for providing an enjoyable, enriching and developmental program for over 350 children between the ages of 6 to 16.
The DJTA calendar provides weekly group coaching and a tennis league. There are monthly tennis tournaments, and in addition to regular ladder days, it also provides the most advanced players the opportunity to compete in national and international tournaments.