TORONTO, Aug. 15 /CNW/ - Emirates Airline today announced that it will
support the development of junior tennis in Canada with the establishment of
the Emirates Airline Award. The announcement was made today at the Rogers Cup
women's tennis tournament currently underway at Toronto's Rexall Centre. The
award will consist of $25,000 to support the junior women's Fed Cup Team in
2007 and the junior men's Davis Cup Team in 2008.
"Funding the development of Canada's budding tennis stars has always been
a challenge," says Greg Wood, Vice President Corporate Partnerships, Tennis
Canada. "Our junior Fed Cup and Davis Cup teams have always been under-funded.
This support from Emirates will go a long way toward helping our stars of the
future secure much-needed international competition experience."
The past, present and future of women's tennis in Canada will be
represented at the presentation of the Emirates Award at centre court today.
Former Canadian tennis great and renowned coach Carling Bassett-Seguso was on
hand with the present coaches of the junior Fed Cup team as well as young
players vying for a future spot on the team.
"Supporting sports and cultural initiatives are important to Emirates in
every market we serve around the world," said Mary Heron, District Manager for
Canada, Emirates. "Now that we are starting non-stop service between Toronto
and Dubai, the timing of the Rogers Cup was perfect to offer support to the
young women who we hope will one day represent Canada at this very event."
Emirates begins non-stop service between Toronto and Dubai beginning
October 29th with the new Boeing 777-300ER. It currently serves 92
destinations with 106 aircraft throughout Europe, The Middle East, Africa,
Asia and the Americas.
For further information:
For further information: John McGrath, Marshall Fenn Communications,
(416) 962-3366 x 263, email@example.com; Sarah Shaughnessy, Emirates
Corporate Communications, Tel: (+9714) 203-3975, Mob: (+97150) 640 4754,