Press Release

Seventh Annual KEF Tennis Challenge Concludes on High Note

March 9th, 2015
  • Event Draws Participation of 70 Players from India, Sri Lanka, Pakistan, UAE, UK, Mexico and Kazakhstan
  • Winners Honored by Consul General of India, Receive Total Cash Reward of US$10,000

Dubai-UAE: 8 March, 2015 – The Seventh KEF Tennis Challenge hosted by KEF Holdings, a UAE-based multinational holding company that specializes in off-site construction technology, concluded on Saturday, 7 March with an exciting set of final matches that witnessed four teams competing for trophies in the Group A and Group B categories.
The two-day amateur tennis tournament drew the participation of over 70 players from India, Sri Lanka, Pakistan, the UAE, the UK, Mexico and Uzbekistan. In the Group A final match, Syrym Abdulkhalikov (Kazakhstan) and his partner Abdul Rauf (Pakistan) beat Bangalore based Rashein Samuel and Rohan Gaonkar in a closely contested that was clinched in the deciding set.
Abdulkhalikov and Rauf won 6-3, 4-6, (14-12) in a match that lasted close to two hours. Samuel and Gaonkar earlier beat Pranav Bhat (India) and Pranava Karthik (India) 6-2 in their one-set semi-finals match, while Abdulkhalikov and Rauf triumphed over the UAE based team of Shokruh Ergashev and Yesh Bafna in their match, also with a 6-2 final score.
The Group B finals proved equally exciting and included an action-packed match between Thomas Jacob (India) and Aram Kurian (India) against BA Salam (India) and Cesear Mantis (Mexico). Jacob and Kurian emerged victorious beating Salam and Mantis in straight sets 6-2, 6-3. Jacob and Kurian advanced to the finals by beating off competition from Mangalore based duo Javed Yenepoya and Arshad HV, 6-4. Earlier, Salam and Mantis fought a close match against Sujith Sreekumar (India) and Manoj (UAE) that ended in a 7-5 victory for the former.
Officiated by qualified white badge umpires from the International Tennis Federation, the tournament also featured an exclusive pre-tournament seminar by acclaimed experts from UAE-based Transform on topics ranging from overcoming the most common tennis injuries and strength training to mental preparation for a match and de-bunking pre- and post- workout nutrition myths.
Anurag Bhushan, Consul General of India presided over the final tourney as Chief Guest, and presented the winners with trophies and cash rewards totaling US$10,000. Rajan Sehgal, MD and CEO, Credit Suisse, was also present at the prize distribution.
Speaking at the awards ceremony, Anurag Bhushan commended KEF Holdings’ founders Faizal Kottikollon and Shabana Faizal’s work in both philanthropy and business and pointed out that the successful annual KEF Tennis Challenge has proved to be a remarkable CSR initiative from KEF.
Bhushan said tongue-in-cheek: “Although I took up the game rather late in life, I hope I am good enough to make an entry into the KEF Tennis Challenge next year!”