In winter 2010, the Qatar Tennis Federation (QTF) in collaboration with a private initiative presented the “Lights On. Tennis.” series — a collection of ten new paintings by Ritums Ivanovs displayed at the VIP village during the Qatar ExxonMobil Open 2011.

The subjects of Ivanovs’ large scale paintings are a selection of the world’s top tennis players. Among others, the collection includes Rafael Nadal, Roger Federer, Jo-Wilfred Tsonga, Ernests Gulbis and Nikolay Davydenko, who were all present in the tournament and came to see and sign the paintings. 

Ivanovs’ intention was  to capture a moment in time, a fragment of each tennis player’s inner world whilst on court. According to the artist, the intense light projected on the tennis court during matches occasionally reveals a more thorough understanding of the personal battles that each tennis player undergoes.