Top Tennis Stars Including Novak Djokovic and Andy Murray in Abu Dhabi
It's raining tennis stars in Abu Dhabi as the city gets ready to check out the Mubadala World Tennis Championship, on from 27 December to 29 December. Expect lots of exciting matches and the return of the inaugural Abu Dhabi champion, British star Andy Murray, who'll start off playing against debutant Janko Tispsarevic from Serbia.
Andy, the current world number three and reigning US and Olympic Champion, will kick start the action on centre court at of 5pm on Thursday (27December). Speaking in Abu Dhabi ahead of his opening match, he said, “I really enjoyed being in Abu Dhabi a few years ago so I’m pleased to be back . My schedule didn’t allow it previously but with the longer off season this year coming to Abu Dhabi is a great opportunity for me to see where my game is before the Australian Open."
“Last season I was rewarded for all the hard work I put in so I’ve worked even harder pre-season and I’m ready. I’ve played Janko a lot in the last year and he’s always tough opponent. He’s really quick on the court, good on both sides and a powerful serve. It should be a good game."
Ready for his debut in Abu Dhabi and his challenge on opening night, Janko said, “I’ve trained really well in the off-season and I’m now ready for 2013. It’s a tough draw. But I’m always happy to play against Andy. We’ve had some great matches in recently. I’ve won some and I’ve lost some but I honestly can’t wait to walk to court."
The second match on the opening night will be played between world number five, David Ferrer of Spain, and world number six Tomas Berdych of the Czech Republic. The world-class duo will face each other for the first time since their epic match in the Davis Cup Final.
On 28 December, it'll be time for world number one and defending champion Novak Djokovic and Spanish star World number eleven Nicolas Almagro from Spain. We can't wait!
While you're there, you can also check out the Tennis Village. It's free to enter and opening day in the Village will see a player Q&A session for children at 2pm as part of Kids Day, and autograph signings by Djokovic at 3.30pm.
INFO: Mubadala World Tennis Championship, ticket prices start from Dhs100 for children and Dhs150 for adults on Day 1 with free admission to the interactive Tennis Village, www.thinkflash.ae or 800 FLASH (35274); 27 December to 29 December 2012; International Tennis Complex, Zayed Sports City; www.mubadalawtc.com.