Featured image Roland-Garros Egypt Clubs Facebook page.
From our perspective, tennis is a somewhat underappreciated sport in Egypt. The last piece of news that we heard on the tennis front was in 2018, when Mohamed Safwat participated in Roland Garros, AKA the French Open. In case you’re not a big tennis fan, Roland Garros is a major tennis tournament held over two weeks in May at the Stade Roland-Garros in Paris, France. It is the premier clay court tennis championship in the world, and the second of four annual Grand Slam tournaments, the other three being the Australian Open, Wimbledon, and the US Open.
So, what’s a tournament in Paris got to do with Egypt? Well, we came across an interesting article by Watani that will explain everything. According to the source, a partnership contract has been signed between Arabia Holding (in partnership with the Ministry of Housing) and Roland Garros to establish its first Roland Garros Tennis Academy and Club, in Sun Capital October City Compound. The total cost is expected to be EGP 2 billion.
Sun Capital is a 556-acre development project that overlooks the Giza Pyramids, is 5 minutes away from both Mall of Egypt and the Grand Egyptian Museum, and 30 minutes from Tagamo3, according to its official website. It will also comprise a tennis academy, a central tennis court, 24 secondary courts, a sports complex, an international sports school, a health club, a medical centre, a hotel, a media centre, as well as a sport and social centre.
The contract was signed by Chairman of Arabia Holdings, Tarek Shokry, and Nicholas Doris, CEO of East Med Egypt, which represents Roland Garros Egypt. Witnesses and attendees for the signing, included Prime Minister, Mustafa Madbouli; Minister of Housing, Assem El Gazzar; Minister of Youth and Sports, Ashraf Sobhy; and Deputy Minister of Housing, Utilities, and Urban Communities for National Projects, Khaled Abbas. Shokry said that Roland Garros Egypt is the embodiment of a successful partnership between the State and the private sector, attracting hard currency and creating thousands of job opportunities.
Promoting playing opportunities for individuals of all abilities and ages, and enhancing the tennis experience of club members, Roland Garros says it is committed to providing the best possible environment for players to reach their maximum potential through excellence in coaching and support.
Check out the Roland-Garros Egypt Clubs Facebook page.