Fatma Al Nabhani

Oman’s top tennis player heads home to Muscat


Amira Asad


Nada Elsayed


It’s Saturday morning and Omani tennis player Fatma Al Nabhani is sleeping in for the first time in weeks. Currently trying to qualify for the 2016 Rio de Janeiro Olympics, she performed in a tournament in Antalya the night before, but she’s now back home in Muscat. For the next three days, her daily 5.30am alarm will cease to pierce the morning quiet, and early training will be traded for brunches with family and friends.

In the upscale neighbourhood of Madinat Al Sultan Qaboos, a quick drive inland from Muscat’s shore along the Arabian Sea, Nabhani finds comfort in sorting through old family photos with her mother, Huda. Each photo tells a story of the family’s tennis lineage, which dates back to Nabhani’s grandfather, who hailed from Egypt. ‘We used to practice at the Gezira Sporting Club in Zamalek,’ Huda says, narrowing her gaze at an image taken of the century-old stadium.

Oman’s top tennis player heads home to Muscat
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