From US News & World Report:

At only 13 years old, this Yemeni tennis star traveled on a 21 hour bus journey with his coach across Yemen to an airport in a city in the eastern part of the country. The bus was stopped along the way at Houthi checkpoints. He used his family’s savings for travel expenses.

Pictures of him competing in his blue t-shirt in Doha brightened the usually somber pages of Yemeni newspapers – a rare note of cheer in a country ravaged by two years of war and threatened by famine.

Recently he competed at a tournament for under-14s in Qatar, making it to a ranking of 126th in Asia.

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