Tennis stars Rafael Nadal and Andy Murray have confirmed that they will return to Abu Dhabi for the ninth annual Mubadala World Tennis Championship. The event is taking place from December 29-31.
French power house Jo-Wilfried Tsonga, Canadian superstar Milos Raonic and newly announced players David Goffin and Tomas Berdych, will also be competing at the tournament.
Murray was quoted saying, “It’s always special to be part of something that is actually helping to grow the sport I love. There is clearly a new and young tennis community growing in Abu Dhabi. I’m looking forward to returning to this great tournament.”
While Nadal was quoted saying, "I really enjoy the fans, the competition and the atmosphere in the stadium in Abu Dhabi. It is the best way to start my season. I’ve enjoyed many years playing in the UAE capital against the other top guys and I’m already looking forward to the next. After playing in Abu Dhabi I went on to play some great matches on the tour at the start of the year and I’ll be hoping for even better this time.”
In the unique ‘winner takes all’ format of the championship, the victor will claim US$250,000 in prize money after battling it out in the New Year’s Eve final. In addition to the enthralling play, fans will be offered sensational off-court activities in the Tennis Village where they can interact with players via autograph signings and coaching clinics.
The ninth edition of the season-opening championship is being presented by FLASH Entertainment in partnership with Mubadala, the Abu Dhabi based investment and Development Company.
INFO: Tickets start from Dhs50 for Category 2 seating. Exclusive premier hospitality packages are also available including food and limited beverages, star player meet and greets and courtside seating, www.yasalam.ae, www.ticketmaster.ae