Ahlan!'s Essential Guide to the Dubai Duty Free Tennis Championships

From the players to the match schedules, here's what you need to navigate Dubai Duty Free Tennis Championships
Monday , 17 February 2014
Ahlan!'s Essential Guide to the Dubai Duty Free Tennis Championships
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Novak Djokovic

It's tennis time in the UAE with the Dubai Duty Free Tennis Campionships taking place from 17 February to 1 March 2014. The Championships have become one of Dubai’s most iconic annual events including top players returning year after year to compete for the title. Here's what you need to know about it....

2014 MEN'S LINEUP

Name: Novak Djokovic
Rank: 2
Country: Serbia
Did you know? Djokovic eats only gluten-free food

Name: Juan Martin del Potro
Rank: 4
Country: Argentina
Did you know? He had a wrist injury in 2010 and had to withdraw from most tournaments

Name: Tomas Berdych
Rank: 7
Country: Czech Republic
Did you know? Tomas has worked with H&M to design a unique tennis collection

Name: Roger Federer
Rank: 8
Country: Switzerland
Did you know? Roger used to be a vegetarian when he was a child and during much of his youth and only started to eat meat when he was 14.


Name:
Jo Wilifried-Tsonga
Rank: 10
Country: France
Did you know? Tsonga bears an uncanny resemblance to boxing legend Muhammad Ali, so much so that he is affectionately nicknamed Ali by fans


Name:
Mikhail Youzhny
Rank: 15
Country: Russia
Did you know? He's nicknamed "Mischa" and "Colonel" by his fans


Name:
Philipp Kohlschreiber
Rank: 27
Country: Germany
Did you know? He is a huge Lord of the Rings fan


Name:
Dmitry Tursunov
Rank: 28
Country: Russia
Did you know? He was 12 years old when he came to the United States to train and further his prospects of becoming a professional player


Name:
Florian Mayer
Rank: 30
Country: Germany
Did you know? He Idolised Boris Becker and Pete Sampras as a child

Name: Andreas Seppi
Rank: 31
Country: Italy
Did you know? His native tongue is German but he also speaks Italian and English


Name:
Ivan Dodig
Rank: 33
Country: Croatia
Did you know? He loves playing video games


Name:
Denis Istomin
Rank: 41
Country: Ubekistan
Did you know? He is coached by his mother, who introduced him to the sport at an early age


Name:
Radek Stepanek
Rank: 47
Country: Czech Republic
Did you know? He wanted to be a hockey goalie when he was younger


Name:
Lukas Rosol
Rank: 50
Country: Czech Republic
Did you know?  Rosol was coached by former Czech player, 1999 US Open quarterfinalist Ctislav Dosedel 

Name: Roberto Bautista Agut
Rank: 51
Country: Spain
Did you know? He loves horse riding and owns two horses


Name:
Nikolay Davydenko
Rank: 60
Country: Russian
Did you know? Began playing tennis at age seven with his older brother Eduard (born June 1, 1970), who was a gifted player himself and has been a big influence in his career


Name:
Igor Sijsling
Rank: 64
Country: The Netherlands
Did you know? His biggest accomplishment is reaching the finals of the Australian Open with countryman Robin Haase in 2013, where they lost to the Bryan Brothers


Name:
Teymuraz Gabashvili 
Rank: 66
Country: Russia
Did you know? Gabashvili also plays football and basketball

Name: Daniel Brands
Rank: 67
Country: Germany
Did you know? Considers best moment of his career reaching the Munich SFs in May 2009, the third round in Hamburg in July 2009 and round 16 at Wimbledon in June 2010


Name:
Victor Hanescu
Rank: 71
Country: Romania
Did you know? He suffered a severe rib injury,and a subsequent injury sidelined him further in May 2006. By January 2007, his ranking had plummeted to No. 759, before he finally began making progress on a comeback.


Name:
Michal Przysiezny 
Rank: 76 
Country: Poland
Did you know? He qualified for his first Grand Slam (the 2007 US Open) by beating his compatriot Lukasz Kubot

Name: Sergiy Stakhovsky
Rank: 90
Country: Ukraine
Did you know? He is the elder brother of tennis player Leonard Stakhovsky 



2014 WOMEN'S LINEUP

Name: Serena Williams
Rank: 1
Country: United States of America
Did you know? She has been the voice behind several cartoon characters in shows including Avatar: The Last Airbender and The Simpsons


Name:
Agnieszka Radwanksa 
Rank: 4
Country: Poland
Did you know? She studies tourism at Polish Sport University in Krakow


Name:
Petra Kvitova
Rank: 6
Country: Czech Republic
Did you know? Her tennis idol growing up was Martina Navratilova because she was also left handed


Name:
Sara Errani
Rank: 7
Country: Italy
Did you know? She is the Italian world number one


Name:
Jelena Jankovic
Rank: 8
Country: Serbia
Did you know? She is coached by her brother Marko


Name:
Angelique Kerber
Rank: 9
Country: Germany
Did you know? Her favourite actors are Julia Roberts and Reese Witherspoon


Name:
Simona Halep
Rank: 10
Country: Romania
Did you know? She's been described by New York Times columnist Michael Kimmelman as "a scrappy player from Romania, short but with potent ground strokes and a scrambler's talent."


Name:
Caroline Wozniacki
Rank: 11
Country: Denmark
Did you know? She was the first Scandinavian woman to hold the top ranking position and 20th overall


Name:
Ana Ivanovic
Rank: 12
Country: Serbia
Did you know? Ana is a superstitious person. Among her luck-related rituals are avoiding stepping on the lines of the court and wearing certain outfits. If she finds a coin during a tournament, she always keeps it for good luck


Name:
Roberta Vinci
Rank: 14
Country: Italy
Did you know? Her lucky charm stuffed orange dinosaur given to her by her brother 


Name:
Sabine Lisicki
Rank: 15
Country: Germany
Did you know? She has a Yorkshire terrier called Happy


Name:
Samantha Stosur
Rank: 16
Country: Australia
Did you know? She has a powerful serve, which is among the best in women's tennis

Name: Carla Suarez Navarro 
Rank: 17
Country: Spain
Did you know? She is a huge admirer of basketballer Michael Jordan


Name:
Sloane Stephens
Rank: 18
Country: United States of America
Did you know? The Williams sisters and Kim Clijsters as her main inspirations in tennis


Name:
Kirsten Flipkens
Rank: 20
Country: Belgium
Did you know? She's a huge movie fan

Name: Ekaterina Makarova 
Rank: 23
Country: Russia
Did you know? She began playing tennis when she was six years old and joined the senior women's circuit at the age of fifteen


Name:
Alisa Kleyabanova
Rank: 24
Country: Russia
Did you know? Many critics have said that Kleybanova's style of play is the modern day version of American Lindsay Davenport

Name: Alize Cornet
Rank: 25
Country: France
Did you know? She is the current French number one


Name:
Sorana Cirstea 
Rank: 26
Country: Romania
Did you know? Steffi Graf and Roger Federer are her idols


Name:
Kaia Kanepi 
Rank: 27
Country: Estonia
Did you know? Loves music by DJ Tiesto


Name:
Lucie Safarova 
Rank: 28
Country: Czech Republic
Did you know? She was in a relationship with fellow Czech tennis player Tomas Berdych until they broke up in 2011


Name:
Elena Vesnina 
Rank: 33
Country: Russia
Did you know? She is coached by former ATP tour player Andrei Chesnokov

Name: Venus Williams
Rank: 48
Country: United States of America
Did you know? Along with being a tennis star, Venus is also an entrepreneur, best-selling author, Olympic gold medalist, activist and designer


Name:
Nadia Petrova 
Rank: 100
Country: Russia
Did you know?  In doubles, she won the year-ending Sony Ericsson Championships with Meghann Shaughnessy in 2004 and Maria Kirilenko in 2012 

DUBAI DUTY FREE TENNIS CHAMPIONSHIP SCHEDULE

DAY       DATE      TIME                 WTA ROUNDS
Mon       17 Feb    12:30pm             Qualifying
Mon       17 Feb    2pm and 7pm     First round
Tues      18 Feb    2pm and 7pm     Second round
Wed       19 Feb    2pm and 7pm     Third round
Thurs     20 Feb    2pm and 7pm     Quarterfinals
Fri          20 Feb    2pm and 7pm     Semifinals
Sat         22 Feb    2pm and 7pm     Finals

DAY       DATE      TIME                 ATP WORLD TOUR ROUNDS
Sat        22 Feb    11am                 Qualifying
Sun       23 Feb    11am                 Qualifying
Mon      24 Feb     2pm and 7pm    First round
Tues     25 Feb     2pm and 7pm   Second round
Wed      26 Feb     2pm and 7pm   Third round
Thurs    27 Feb     3pm and 7pm   Quarterfinals
Fri         28 Feb     2pm and 7pm   Semifinals
Sat        1 Mar       5pm and 7pm   Finals

INFO: Tickets on sale from the Box Office at the Dubai Duty Free Tennis Stadium, Garhoud. The Box office will be open daily from 9am -9pm, Grandstand ticket prices range from Dhs75 for opening rounds to Dhs500 for finals, with season tickets also available. Grandstand tickets can also be bought online at www.timeouttickets.com, 04 4172415, www.dubaidutyfreetennischampionships.com