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Though the Mubadala World Tennis Cup has just past, the ball’s always in play in the capital, and Yalla catches up with a rising star on the court: Youssef El-Toukhi

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Can you tell us your full name, age, and school?

  • My name is Youssef El-Toukhi, I’m 16 years old and I’m a student at the German International School in Abu Dhabi.

When and why did you start playing tennis?

  • I started playing tennis at the age of nine. Back then I had swimming and guitar lessons and I was interested in trying a new sport.

Tell us about the Mubadalla Community World Cup? How does it work?

  • All the participants are registered according to age groups. This year I participated in the Mubadala Community Cup, which took place on 9th November at Zayed Sports City. I was in the “15 years and above” group and we played first to five games in a round-robin format. The final winner and runner-up get the chance to play with one of the world stars during the Mubadala World Tennis Championship (MWTC) at Zayed Sports City in December.
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Who is your tennis idol and why?

  • I really like Novak Djokovic, because I like the way he plays and that he’s very friendly and humble.

Who would you play with if you could play with anyone (living or dead)?

  • I would love to play with him once.

What would you say is your greatest accomplishment so far with regard to the game?

  • Participating in Mubadala Community Cup the past years made me gain a lot of experience. I also had the chance to play with Pablo Carreño Busta during the MWTC clinic last year.

Do you aspire to go pro?

  • For me, tennis is one of my favorite hobbies, which I enjoy playing. It keeps me fit, and it’s wide spread, so no matter where you are, there’s always a tennis community to play with.

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