Fresh from winning the 2019 ATP World Tour Finals in London, Greece’s Stefanos Tsitsipas believes a strong performance at next week’s Mubadala World Tennis Championship will provide the perfect platform for another successful season in 2020.

Tsitsipas is due to make his maiden Abu Dhabi appearance at the 12th edition of the Arabian Gulf’s most intimate tennis experience, which runs December 19 - 21 at Abu Dhabi’s International Tennis Centre, Zayed Sports City.

In a men’s field featuring five of the world’s top 10 players, where Tsitsipas, the world No. 6, will play France’s Gaël Monfils, the world No. 10, on Day 1 in Abu Dhabi. The fact the pair are good friends off court will be put to one side come the opening serve, according to Tsitsipas.

“I know Gaël pretty well, he is one of my best friends on the Tour and it will be exciting facing him. For me it is a great way to start the season by competing at the Mubadala World Tennis Championship in Abu Dhabi – it is a tournament I have never played in before. I am really looking forward to getting a few good matches under my belt before I travel to Australia,” said Tsitsipas, who defeated Dominic Thiem, Roger Federer, Alexander Zverev and Russia’s Daniil Medvedev on his way to London glory.

Should he defeat Monfils, Tsitsipas will face World No. 2 Novak Djokovic in the Mubadala World Tennis Championship semi-final on Day 2. On the other side of the draw, World No. 5 Medvedev will take on 2017 Next Gen ATP Finals winner Hyeon Chung in the second match on Day 1, with the winner due to face top-ranked Rafael Nadal in the second semi-final on Friday 20 December.

“Looking at the strong line-up for the Mubadala World Tennis Championship, it’s going to be an exciting tournament. I feel every match is important and it will help me mentally knowing that I started the season in the best possible fashion,” said Tsitsipas, who is youngest player to win the ATP World Tour Finals in 18 years.

Despite also being the youngest player in the world’s top 10, the 21-year-old is confident of holding his own at Zayed Sports City and over the course of a grueling 2020 season: “I feel I am close. Over the last couple of years, I’ve proved I can beat top players,” said Tsitsipas. “I can be persistent and consistent at the same time. I plan to work on controlling my nerves on court, being patient, not cracking under pressure and being brave in match situations.”

Elsewhere on Day 1, the tournament’s only women’s match will see multiple Grand Slam champion Maria Sharapova face-off against Australia’s Fed Cup finalist Ajla Tomljanović at (not before) 8pm.

The BEST live action and free entry for kids on Day 1 at Mubadala World Tennis Championship 2019

Aside from the best live tennis action on court, ticket holders can make the most of excellent food and beverage offerings in the Tennis Village, tennis clinics, Q&A sessions with the players and a host of tennis-themed activities and competitions offering great prizes.

Fun competitions in the village include the chance to win a year’s free Deliveroo (worth AED 30,000) and daily exercise classes from Abu Dhabi fitness chain The Room. A recent Yasalam Emerging Talent Competition participant will entertain the crowds with a live set on day two, while the village will be home to the Mubadala Interactive Zone featuring games and challenges.

Day 1 is Kids’ Day, with children 12 and under going FREE! Kids’ Day activities begin at 2pm with a Q&A with a star player offering the chance for young fans to ask one of the world’s best players anything they want.

Children can compete in a tennis challenge featuring 10 stations. Completion of all 10 activities will see the youngsters entered a draw for great prizes.

To enhance the experience further, Mubadala World Tennis Championship has partnered with ride-hailing app Careem to offer 20% discount on rides to and from the venue using the code MUBADALAWTC in addition to a dedicated pick-up and drop-off point.

Tickets start from AED 100 for Adults and are now on sale at www.ticketmaster.ae or by calling 800 86 823 from within the UAE or +971 4 366 2289 from outside the country, and at all Virgin Megastores across the UAE. 3 Day Packages are also available with savings of 20%.

Premier Hospitality Packages are also available, offering fans a premium F&B menu, courtside seating, exclusive Q&A sessions with a star player and much more. More details are available on www.mubadalawtc.com.

 

Ticket Prices (AED)

Categories

Day 1

Day 2

Day 3

Premier

AED 795.00

AED 1,395.00

AED 1,795.00

Category 1 (Adult)

AED 250.00

AED 450.00

AED 650.00

Category 1 (Child 2-12)

FREE*

AED 350.00

AED 450.00

Category 2 (Adult)

AED 100.00

AED 250.00

AED 300.00

Category 2 (Child 2-12)

FREE*

AED 150.00

AED 200.00

3-Day Package - Premier

AED 3,188.00

3-Day Package - Category 1 (Adult)

AED 1,080.00

3-Day Package - Category 1 (Child 2-12)

AED 640.00

3-Day Package - Category 2 (Adult)

AED 520.00

3-Day Package - Category 2 (Child 2-12)

AED 280.00

*Children aged 12 and under enter free on Day 1 with a purchase of an Adult Ticket by calling 800 86 823 or International +971 4 366 2289

 

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