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Come to Ras Al Khaimah to train with Borish Becker

Dubai, Oct 9 (UNI) Tennis players no longer need to go to California and Florida to train, they can as well come to a new Dh 3 billion tennis academy and resort in Ras Al Khaimah, says former world number one Boris Becker.

The former German legend reportedly has a 50 per cent stake in the Boris Becker Beach Resort and Tennis Academy.

''We want this to be a tennis destination, not merely for the professionals who can use this as a base to train and prepare for tournaments, but also for the normal players who love the sport,'' Becker told reporters here.

The academy will have six tennis courts, of which two will be indoor. The courts will be fitted with the preferred rebound ace surface.

The German is keen to play a significant role not only in the design of the tennis academy, but also in co-managing the facility with long-time friend and fellow German Davis Cup partner Eric Jelen.

The resort will have a 223 room hotel and 1000 serviced apartments and the the total area of the project is 2.5 million square feet, designed in the shape of a sea turtle.

Becker promises to be here to train as often as he can.


Story first published: Thursday, October 9, 2008, 10:32 [IST]
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