Hang Out with the Stars of Mubadala World Tennis Championship
Six of the world’s top players are flying out to compete in the fifth annual Mubadala World Tennis Championship in Abu Dhabi. And did we mention they’re also rather hot?
From hunky Novak Djokovic to Janko Tipsarevic and his six-pack, this is your chance to get almost as close to them as the towel girls! Buff Czech player Tomáš Berdych, who just won the Davis Cup with his team, said, “It’s a great tournament to begin the new season. Abu Dhabi is a great place to play the game.” Here’s the skinny on the racqueteers.
INFO: From Dhs 150, 27 to 29 December, Abu Dhabi International Tennis Complex, Zayed Sports City, 800 FLASH (35274), www.mubadalawtc.com.
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Vital stats: The smouldering Spaniard, 26, is World Number Four and an 11-time Grand-Slam Champion. He won Wimbledon in 2008 and 2010.
Other half: Maria Perello, his childhood sweetheart, who is known as Xisca. The pair grew up together on the Spanish island of Majorca.
Top Tabloid Moment: Earlier this year he was snapped in his swimming shorts frolicking on a yacht in Marbella with Maria and a mystery woman.
Biggest Shocker: He likes the quiet life. A friend, said,“Raf and Xisca are both shy and ordinary people.”
Vital stats: The dishy 27-year-old World Number Six is Czech, and stands at a towering 6ft 5in tall!
Other half: Model Ester Satorova.
Top Tabloid Moment: Ditched decade-long squeeze, tennis player Lucie Šafářová earlier this year, even though the pair had set up a cosy home together. He now dates Ester, who he reportedly met on Facebook. Oh dear.
Biggest Shocker: Knocked out Roger Federer in the quarter finals of this year’s US Open.
Vital stats: The World Number One, despite being just 25, we’ve lost count of how many titles the Serbian has won since he picked up a racquet, aged four. But it’s basically everything, including Wimbledon in 2011.
He is dubbed ‘Djoker’ for his impressions of fellow players, and won the Abu Dhabi event last year.
Other half: His high school sweetheart, sultry blonde Jelena Ristic.
Top Tabloid Moment: Pippa Middleton snuck backstage to meet him at the ATP World Tour in London last month. Apparently, she was, “completely engrossed”. We don’t blame you, Pippa.
Plus, just this week it was revealed he has bought the world’s supply of donkey cheese for a new restaurant chain. We’re not kidding. Apparently it’s a delicacy.
Biggest Shocker: He might be a super-fit athlete now, but his parents once ran a fast-food joint. They now have a restaurant called Novak.
Vital stats: The sexy long-haired Spaniard is World Number Five and Spain’s second best. He had a tough start in the game, with his coach once locking him in a tiny tennis cupboard for not practicing!
Other half: Spanish stunner Marta Tornel.
Top Tabloid Moment: Last year in Florida he was distracted by a baby crying. He lost a point, and then threw a tennis ball towards the screaming tot.
Biggest Shocker: Has been criticised for smoking, though we hear he has since given up. Good!
Vital stats: The World Number Three hails from Dunblane in Scotland, which means he has a very cute accent. The 25-year-old won this year’s US Open, his first Grand Slam victory, and scooped Olympic Gold in London. Plus there’s another tennis-playing Murray – his brother, Jamie, 26.
Other half: Glossy-haired brunette Kim Sears, an artist, who has been with Andy for seven years, bar a brief split in 2009. The pair share a posh Dhs29million Surrey mansion with dogs Maggie May and Rusty.
Top Tabloid Moment: The Scot once commented, while in England, that he’d support “anyone but England” at football, prompting outrage.
Biggest Shocker: He has a foul mouth and is regularly fined for swearing duing matches. Rude! He has vowed to wash out his mouth, though.
Vital stats: Sultry Serbian Janko is ninth best in the world, but has become a clear winner with female tennis fans.
Other half: Married Biljana Šešević in July 2010 near Belgrade, and sold the photos to a magazine. Fellow Serbian tennis stars were among the guests.
Top Tabloid Moment: He’s stripped for an underwear brand, and there is a wide range of websites dedicated to him playing tennis, sans-shirt. He seems to lose his shirt quite a lot. But we’re not complaining.
Biggest Shocker: He’s a bit of a bookworm and has a Dostoyevsky quote in Japanese on his arm that says, ‘Beauty will Save the World’. Sweet.