It has been an exciting time for winners in Qatar, although it must be admitted that some had to work a little harder than others to receive their prize.
After a thrilling tennis final Richard Gasquet won the Qatar ExxonMobil Open 2013 for his eighth career title on Saturday, coming from a set down to beat Nikolay Davydenko 3-6, 7-6 (7/4), 6-3.
Gasquet said of the two-and-a-half hour struggle,
This is a big success for me, and it was very tough. Nikolay was tired and I fought as much as I could. It was a good win against him because he plays so fast. It’s also incredible to win here where so many famous players have won in the past.
Past competitors have included Rafael Nadal – who belatedly had to withdraw this year – and Roger Federer, both of whom Davydenko beat to win the title three years ago.
A slightly less demanding effort was required for the winners of the grand prize draws offered by Qatar Duty Free’s first draw of the year at Doha International Airport. Gopalan Nair Babugopal became the lucky winner of US$1 million and a Lexus LX570 was won by Shibin Sasidharam. The forty-four thousand millionaires in Qatar, according to the Zakat Fund* records, now have one more addition to their numbers.
*The Zakat Fund is a charitable organisation to which Muslims in the country donate a proportion of their income as part of religious duties.