Tuesday, November 13, 2012

Stoneman's Journey To The Top

An Arabic language Interview with Williams F1 test driver Dean Stoneman during his visit to Doha to attend the 2012 Aspire4Sport Conference.

The young British driver was one of the speakers during an inspiring session that included his fellow countryman and Olympic gold medalist Anthony Joshua, and NBA legend Dikembe  Mutombo.



Monday, November 5, 2012

Towards Safer Roads In Qatar

Doha-based Williams Technology Center have been working on developing a state-of-the-art driving simulator that will help in increasing road safety. More on this subject and also on the official visit of HRH Prince Michael of Kent to the center in Doha, in the following Arabic language report.


Saturday, July 28, 2012

China's Yi Wins First Gold of London 2012

China's Yi Siling clinched the first gold medal in the 2012 Summer Olympics following her victory in the final of Women's 10 Meter Rifle competition. More in this Arabic language report.


Saturday, June 16, 2012

Football Chronicles - Netherlands vs. Portugal

Netherlands will be looking for their first victory over Portugal in 20 years, when they face them in the group stage of the 2012 European Championships, here is a feature about the rivalry between two teams that have much in common.


Friday, June 8, 2012

Football Chronicles - Russia vs. Czech Republic

An Arabic language feature that was published on Al Jazeera Sport website on June 7th 2012 before the EURO 2012 clash between Russia and Czech Republic.


The 1,456-words article is focusing on three of the most memorable matches between the two nations.

Their first ever meeting in the 1960 European Championship semi-final. Back then, USSR defeated Czechoslovakia 3-0 to reach the final, where they also beat Yugoslavia to become the first European champions.

Another memorable encounter between the Soviet Union and Czechoslovakia was their 1976 European Championship qualifier in Kiev. It ended in a 2-2 draw, a result that meant USSR failed to qualify to the finals for the first time.

The third and final  remarkable match was the entertaining 3-3 draw in the group stage of EURO 96. A late equalizer from Vladimir Smicer gave the Czechs a place in the quarter finals as the Italians failed to beat Germany and finished third in the group.

Wednesday, May 2, 2012

Arab Boxers Book Their Spots In London

A news report covering the qualification stage for the 2012 Olympic Games Boxing competition, that saw 15 Arab boxers booking their spots in the final draw in London.


Tuesday, February 21, 2012

Doha 2020 Unveils Games Plan

Doha 2020 Olympic Games bid team unveiled plans to host an accessible and fan-friendly event. Special coverage of the conference for the website of Al Jazeera Sport Channel (Arabic Language) 


Sunday, February 19, 2012

Azarenka grabs Qatar Total Open title

Report covering the final of the 2012 Qatar Total Open between Viktoria Azarenka and Samantha Stosur. The Belarusian star defeated the US Open champion in two straight sets 6-1 6-2 to win her eleventh WTA Tour title.

Tuesday, January 17, 2012

PSG win Al Kass U-17 title

PSG won the inaugural Al Kass U-17 Cup title after a 5-4 penalty shootout victory over Juventus of Italy.


Friday, January 13, 2012

PSG Drew With Barcelona

PSG and Barcelona played out and entertaining 2-2 draw in the group stage of the 2012 Al Kass U-17 Cup in Doha. More details in the following news report.


Friday, January 6, 2012

All French Final in Doha

The 2012 Qatar ExxonMobil Open will be an all-French affair between Jo-Wilfried Tsonga and Gael Monfils. The semi-finals report.


Wednesday, January 4, 2012

Promoting Paralympic Sports in Qatar

An inteview with Amir Al Mulla, Executive Director of the Qatar Paralympic Committee during Qatar ExxonMobil Open. Al Mulla talked about the future of Paralympic sports in Qatar and the role of media in promoting them. (Arabic Language)


Sunday, January 1, 2012

Qatar Exxon Mobil Open Stats & Figures

Herre is a translation of an Arabic language statistical feature that was published on Al Jazeera Sport Website in Arabic Language on January 1st, 2012

Link for the original Arabic language feature (http://www.aljazeerasport.net/news/tennis/2012/01/201211161947533131.html)

Players with most appearances in the main draw (Singles)

13 appearances – Younis Al Aynaoui (Morocco)
9 –
Karim Alami (Morocco), Fabrice Santoro (France) & Sultan Khalfan (Qatar)
8 – Nikolay Davydenko (Russia), Hicham Arazi (Morocco), Mikhail Youzhny (Russia) & Javier Sanchez (Spain)

Players with highest number of matches

34 matches – Younis Al Aynaoui (Morocco) / in 13 participations
28 – Nikolay Davydenko (Russia) / in 8 participations
26 – Roger Federer (Switzerland) / in 6 participations
23 – Fabrice Santoro (France) / in 9 participations
20 – Goran Ivanisevic (Croatia) / in 7 participations

Players with most wins

23 wins – Roger Federer (Switzerland) in 26 matches
22 – Younis Al Aynaoui (Morocco) in 34 matches
21 – Nikolay Davydenko (Russia) in 28 matches
16 – Ivan Ljubicic (Croatia) in 19 matches (inc. 1 W/O)
15 – Fabrice Santoro (France) in 23 matches


1997 Champion, Jim Courier (USA) and 2001 Champion Marcelo Rios (Chile), both won the title in their only appearance in Doha, obviously winning all their 5 matches.

The Final

25 players reached the final of Qatar ExxonMobil Open since its first edition in 1993, only 14 of them won the 19 titles.


31 matches were played every year in the main draw.

Since 1993, 589 had been played; the 600th match in the history of the tournament will be in this year’s first round.

577 matches were completed, nine ended in the retirement of one of the players, and three with Walkover (W/O).

The Top 8 Seeds

1995 saw the worst performance by the top 8 seeds, as five of them were knocked out of the first round.

In 2011, all of the top 8 seeds were able to get past the first round, for the first time in the history of the tournament.

2001 was the only year with no player from the top 8 seeds reaching the semifinals.

In the past three editions (2009-2010-2011), only seeded players reached the semifinals.

Only in the first edition 1993 and last year’s edition, the top four seeds reached the semifinals.

First Seed

The 1st seed was able to win the title in Doha, only on three occasions, Roger Federer (Switzerland) did it during his back-to-back wins (2005-2006) when he was also World No.1.

Stefan Edberg (Sweden) also won the title as 1st seed in 1995. He was 7th in the world rankings at that time.

Tim Henman (UK) was the 1st seed in the 1999 edition, but he lost in the final to German qualifier Rainer Schuttler.

The worst performance of the top seed came in the 1994 edition, when Pete Sampras (USA) was knocked out in the first round by qualifier Karim Alami (Morocco) who was making his tournament debut.

Alami went on to make eight more appearances in the tournament, reaching the semifinals in 1999. He is now the tournament’s director.

QualifiersGerman Rainer Schuttler caused the biggest shock in the tournament’s history when he clinched the title 1999, to become the first ever champion to come through the qualifying stages.

It was the German’s first ever ATP Tour title, and at 22, he was also the youngest ever winner. Schuttler was also the lowest ever ranked champion in the history of the tournament, 124th.

Wild Cards

The best ever result achieved by a “Wild Card” player, came in 2004 when Nicolas Escude (France), 114th in the world rankings, defeated Ivan Ljubicic (Croatia) in the Final to win the 4th and final ATP singles title in his career.

Younis Al Aynaoui (Morocco) got a “Wild Card” in 1996 and reached the final after knocking out top seed Thomas Muster (Austria) and 3rd seed Thomas Enqvist (Sweden), but he then lost to unseeded Petr Korda (Czech) in a match that saw two tie-breaks.


In 12 of the 19 Qatar ExxonMobil Open editions, the winner came from the top three seeds (63 %), while, in 14 editions the winner came from the top 8 seeds (73 %).

Players by continent

Since the first edition, 265 players took part in the main draw; obviously, most of them from Europe.

Europe – 200 Players (83 %)
South America – 13
North America – 11
Asia – 11
Africa – 9
Oceania – 1

By Country

35 players from Spain took part in Qatar ExxonMobil Open main draw since 1993, but no one of them ever won the title.

Spain – 35 Players
Germany – 25
France – 25
Sweden – 18
Italy – 16

While only one player represented each of the following 15 countries: Armenia, Australia, Costa Rica, Cyprus, Finland, Haiti, Hungary, Japan, Latvia, South Korea, Norway, Luxemburg, Portugal, Uzbekistan and Venezuela.

Arab Players

11 Arab players who had the privilege of taking part in the main draw of Qatar ExxonMobil Open.

4 – Qatar (Nasser Al Khelaifi, Sultan Khalfan, Abdualah Hajji and Mohamed Abduallah)
4 – Morocco (Younis Al Aynaoui, Karim Alami, Hicham Arazi and Reda Al Amrani)
3 – Egypt (Tamer Al Sawy, Karim Maamoun and Sherif Sabry)

Info related to the 2012 edition

Out of the 32 players who are taking part in the 1st round of this year’s edition, we have eleven players making their debut.

Malek Jaziri (Tunisia) – the 1st ever Tunisian in the main draw
Jabr Al Mutawa (Qatar) – the 5th Qatari in history & only 17-years-old
Flavio Cipolla (Italy)
Igor Kunitsyn (Russia)
Alec Bogomolov jr. (Russia)
Albert Ramos (Spain)
Pablo Andujar (Spain)
Rui Machado (Portugal)
Roberto Bautista-Agut (Spain)
Grega Zemlja (Slovenia)
Matthias Bachinger (Germany)

and two former winners, Roger Federer (Switzerland) & Nikolay Davydenko (Russia).

Two former finalists, Rafael Nadal (Spain) & Gael Monfils (France).

Four former semifinalists, Jo-Wilfried Tsonga (France), Mikhail Youzhny (Russia), Victor Troicki (Serbia) & Filippo Volandri (Italy).

Also Davydenko and Youzhny will be making their 9th appearance in the tournament.