Roger Federer, Andy Murray and Simona Halep are part of a blockbuster line-up of tennis stars returning to the city for the Dubai Duty Free Tennis Championships next month.
Tennis legend Fed – a seven-time winner of the tournament – will fight Scotland’s three-time Grand Slam champ Murray for the men’s singles title.
While the women’s draw is bursting with exceptional talent as nine of the world’s top ten line-up.
The tournament runs from Sunday February 17 to Saturday March 2 and tickets are on sale today and start from just Dhs55.
Colm McLoughlin, Dubai Duty Free’s executive vice chairman and CEO, beamed, “We are thrilled to once again welcome the world’s top players to the Dubai Duty Free Tennis Championships.
“Both the men’s and women’s fields are incredibly strong with a host of current and former champions, young up-and-comers, and new faces to Dubai all set for a gripping two weeks of action.”
Murray, who lifted the trophy in 2017, is making his comeback from hip surgery and will face stiff competition from the likes of world No. 7 Marin Cilic, No. 9 Kei Nishikori, No. 11 Karen Khachanov, No. 12 Borna Coric and No. 15 Stefanos Tsitsipas.
Meanwhile, two-time defending champion and Dubai Duty Free’s WTA ambassador Elina Svitolina will be keen to take her tremendous end-of-season form that saw her clinch the WTA Finals trophy into this year, where she’ll be going for a hat-trick in Dubai.
She is one of just three women, alongside Justine Henin and Venus Williams, to successfully defend her title in Dubai.
The Ukrainian will have plenty of rivals to contend with, including her fellow Dubai Duty Free WTA ambassadors Halep and Caroline Wozniacki, both of whom have tasted success in the emirate in the past.
Tournament director Salah Tahlak added: “We are also ensuring there are plenty of activities in and around the Tennis Village so fans can make it a visit to remember.
“The Tennis Village will be buzzing with entertainment, music, selfie opportunities, the big screens around The Irish Village will be showing the action live and a host of other activities as well as plenty of competitions for fans to win those sought-after finals tickets.”
The Dubai Duty Free Tennis Championships is owned and organised by Dubai Duty Free, and held under the patronage of HH Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai.