Iran Fajr International: A player’s view

Nicole Grether partnered Charmaine Reid in the recent Iran Fajr International Challenge. Nicole wrote a report on her experience in this competition – the only one in the circuit with […]

Nicole Grether partnered Charmaine Reid in the recent Iran Fajr . Nicole wrote a report on her experience in this competition – the only one in the circuit with different venues for men and women and with no mixed doubles competition.

Photos: Courtesy of Nicole Grether

Even though it is a long trip from Canada to Iran, Charmaine and I did not want to miss the opportunity to compete in the Iran International, as it is fun playing in Tehran and we also have good memories from the years before.

When we left the plane in Tehran we had to put on our head scarves, as it is a law in Iran that women have to wear a head scarf and dress appropriately in public.  While we were competing, men were not allowed to watch; therefore we were able to play in our normal outfits. Even male coaches were not allowed in the gym while their female players were playing.

We started the tournament in singles, which we used to get a good warm-up for the doubles. Both of us had good matches against Malaysian players.  I played over an hour and lost very narrowly in a rubber set. Actually, it was o.k. losing in the