Posted on February 16, 2018

Thinking about a tournament with picture-perfect weather, live 'magical' performance, good-tempered supporters or the meet and greet opportunities with superstars? You are definitely talking about the 2018 Qatar Total Open. The Khalifa International Tennis & Squash Complex has become the place to be as these wonderful combinations have continued to attract tennis lovers to the Qatar Total Open 2018 in droves since the main event started on February 12.

Though the main actions are on the courts where the tennis amazons are slugging it out to determine the last woman standing, especially in the singles, who will be privileged to walk away with the eye-popping $597,000 winner's cash prize and the golden falcon trophy, the Public Village also holds its own as one of the main features of the tournament. A variety of entertainment ranging from live music to magicians, restaurants and cafes, a traditional Souq, and various merchandising booths have been made available at the Public Village, catering to all ages and interests.

For a first-timer to the tournament, the atmosphere could easily be mistaken for a carnival going by the number of side attractions and well packaged entertainment which has become a daily feature of the seven-day fiesta of tennis. For a start, the Total Qatar booth at the Public Village remains the centre of attraction considering the unprecedented footfalls at the pavilion since Monday. This year, the sponsor of the annual WTA Premier 5 event, has organised a daily meet and greet session where tennis fans have the opportunity of meeting their favourite stars as well the chances of winning mouth-watering gifts and prizes after participating in the various competitions being held on the sidelines of the tournament.

For the kids, the 'magic' show, held daily at several intervals, has been of particular interest. It has always been great spectacle watching the kids giggle in excitement as they behold the magician conjure different acts from his bag of tricks. "I've thoroughly enjoyed myself at this tournament so far and I'm determined to watch all the matches. It's been a wonderful experience not only to watch the matches but also having fun at the Public Village. The atmosphere here is very impressive and being family-oriented, all members of my family have been catching their fun," Angela Peters, a mother of two, told Qatar Tribune.

"I'm primarily here to watch my favourite player, Petra Kvitova, play but I'm really impressed with the wide range of activities at the Public Village. I brought my kids to the Total Qatar booth on Tuesday where they had the opportunity of getting autographs from the stars. I could see that they were obviously happy as they couldn't resist talking about it all night long," Tomas Bobal, a Czech expatriate with one of the multinational companies in Qatar, said. "The atmosphere here is really great and it has been worth attending. The weather this year is really great and everything has been going on smoothly. Great food, nice entertainment and friendly people is my summary of this year's Qatar Total Open," Abdullah Ahmed, who has attended the last five editions of the tournament, said.

The seven-day tournament ends on February 18.

source: Qatar Tribune