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THE WORLD’S MOST PROMIS­ING UP-AND-COM­ING TEN­NIS STARS WILL BE BAT­TLING IT OUT WITH SOME WORLD­CLASS NAMES IN ABU DHABI THIS MONTH

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The Mubadala World Ten­nis Cham­pi­onship is back with an all-star line-up

There’s lit­tle ques­tion that, since its launch in 2009, the cap­i­tal’s Mubadala World Ten­nis Cham­pi­onship has be­come a cal­en­dar high­light for the UAE’s ten­nis fans.

Held at the pur­pose-built In­ter­na­tional Ten­nis Cen­tre at Zayed Sports City in Abu Dhabi, the Mubadala World Ten­nis Cham­pi­onship of­fers its spec­ta­tors the equiv­a­lent of a Grand Slam quar­ter-fi­nal. Due to its place­ment at the on­set of the cal­en­dar year, the tour­na­ment is widely recog­nised as a warm-up for the year’s ATP hope­fuls be­fore the of­fi­cial start of the Grand Slam sea­son at the Aus­tralian Open on Jan­uary 14, 2019.

South African Kevin An­der­son beat Bautista Agut to win the tour­na­ment last year, and he re­turns to the cap­i­tal hop­ing to re­tain the ti­tle. He’s got stiff com­pe­ti­tion, though. Ten­nis heavy­weights Rafael Nadal and No­vak Djokovic are both tak­ing part in the tour­na­ment this month, keen to make up for last year’s last-minute with­drawals from in­jury. New kids on the block Do­minic Thiem, Karen Khachanov and Hyeon Chung make up the re­main­ing six-man line-up, while leg­endary player Venus Wil­liams makes her Abu Dhabi de­but against an as-yet-un­con­firmed op­po­nent. An im­pres­sive line-up for a so-called ex­hi­bi­tion tour­na­ment, but with Dhs1 mil­lion in prize money up for grabs, it’s not a com­pe­ti­tion the sport’s big­gest names will be tak­ing lightly.

In­ter­na­tional Ten­nis Cen­tre, Zayed Sports City, Abu Dhabi, Dhs100 to Dhs1,795. Tel: (800) 86823. mubadalawtc.com

Reign­ing champ Kevin An­der­son

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