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SPORT & LEISURE - TENNIS

Sports stars return for Dubai Duty Free Tennis Championships

Posted on 10/01/2014

Under the patronage of His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister and Ruler of Dubai, the world's best tennis players are set to return to Dubai next month for the 2014 Dubai Duty Free Tennis Championship, one of the most eagerly anticipated events on the UAE sporting calendar, and one of the most popular tournaments on the international tennis circuit. With five of the top ten men and six of the top ten women competing, the event will again feature ...  >>MORE

Djokovic beats Ferrer to win Abu Dhabi title

Posted on 29/12/2013

If early indications are anything to go by, the likes of Rafael Nadal and Andy Murray might face an uphill task in the Grand Slams next year. Novak Djokovic is simply in irresistible form and the Serbian world number two made it in three-in-a-row with a thumping win over a gritty Spaniard in the final of the Mubadala World Tennis Championship on Saturday. The six-time Grand Slam winner beat world number three David Ferrer 7-5 6-2 in one hour and 22 minutes to take his third Abu Dhabi title. ...  >>MORE

Boris Becker joins Novak Djokovic’s team in Abu Dhabi

Posted on 28/12/2013

Tennis legend Boris Becker hogged all the limelight on day two of the Mubadala Tennis Championship as he walked on to the side court for his first stint as coach of World No. 2 Novak Djokovic. Stepping out on court in a T-shirt, shorts, shades and pink shoes, Becker watched every move of his charge closely during a training session that lasted for over an hour. A large crowd gathered to catch a glimpse of the six-time Grand Slam champion who, in 1985, became the youngest player ever to win ...  >>MORE

UAE’s aspiring tennis stars play with Ferrer and Murray in Abu Dhabi

Posted on 27/12/2013

The big names in world tennis squared off in the capital on Thursday – Ferrer, Murray, Jned … The hitout was a dream come true for Ghaith Jned, 13, who came face to face with tennis royalty at Zayed Sports City. "I feel like I am king, I am playing with the number one in the world,” said Ghaith, 13, an aspiring tennis star from Syria. "Not everyone can play with him, not everyone. Many people hope to play with him, but they can't.” Ghaith is one of about 80 young tennis players from Abu ...  >>MORE

Emirates sets Barclays ATP World Tour finals in motion

Posted on 08/11/2013

Emirates, continues its high-profile five year deal as Official Airline Partner of the ATP World Tour season finale, happening this week in London. Initially signed in December 2012, the agreement has established Emirates as the official airline and Platinum Partner of the ATP World Tour as well as the season-ending Barclays ATP World Tour Finals. The Barclays ATP World Tour Finals, taking place between Nov 4 and 11, represents the climax of the tennis season as the world's top eight player ...  >>MORE

Murray to return to Abu Dhabi

Posted on 09/07/2013

Flash Entertainment, the region's premier live events company, in partnership with Mubadala, the strategic investment and development company, yesterday confirmed that newly-crowned Wimbledon Champion and world number two, Andy Murray, will return to Abu Dhabi for the Mubadala World Tennis Championship from Dec.26-28. Murray joins current world number one Novak Djokovic, whom he beat in the 2013 Wimbledon final yesterday, as the second star in the world-class player line-up for 2013. Followers ...  >>MORE

Emirates announces sponsorship of Roland Garros Tennis Tournament

Posted on 18/04/2013

Paris: Emirates, one of the world's fastest growing airlines and Roland Garros have announced a five-year agreement appointing Emirates as Official Partner of the Roland Garros tournament starting with the 2013 edition from May 21st to June 9th, 2013. The announcement was revealed yesterday by Tim Clark, President Emirates Airline and Jean Gachassin, President of the French Federation of Tennis, during a press conference held in Roland Garros Stadium in Paris. "Appropriately named after ...  >>MORE

Djokovic wins Dubai tennis championships

Posted on 03/03/2013

World No 1 Novak Djokovic helped himself to a fourth title at the Dubai Duty Free Men's Open with an assured 7-5, 6-3 win over third seed Tomas Berdych before an adoring audience at the Dubai Tennis Stadium on Saturday night. Coming in with an amazing 12-1 record against Berdych, there was little doubt who was the better player on paper. But, as the match progressed, it was the Czech who made a mockery of this statistic with some astounding hitting and retrieving against the Serbian ...  >>MORE

Kvitova battles past Errani to win Dubai title

Posted on 24/02/2013

Former Wimbledon champion Petra Kvitova scored her biggest success in 15 months when a 6-2, 1-6, 6-1 victory over Sara Errani earned her the Dubai Open title on Saturday. There were moments in the first and third sets when Kvitova looked as though she could become a Grand Slam challenger, but in between she was thankful that she could discover enough mental strength to recover from a rocky mid-match spell. It means that the fierce-hitting 22-year-old Czech has now won eight of her 10 career ...  >>MORE

Serena reveals love for Dubai as she seeks maiden title

Posted on 20/02/2013

Serena Williams revealed her affection for Dubai and is particularly determined to win her maiden title here but admits it will be tough after claiming women's tennis has not been this competitive in a long time. The 31-year-old megastar has never lifted the Dubai trophy in her two previous attempts, and yesterday at the Jumeirah Creekside Hotel outlined her ambition in the Emirates this week. "I am still hungry for tournaments and particularly this one, I haven't won this one before so ...  >>MORE

UAE to stage its first ever Ladies Tennis Tournament

Posted on 30/01/2013

Ladies' tennis group, ACE IT, will hold the UAE's first Ladies Tennis Tournament at the International Tennis Complex of Zayed Sports City in Abu Dhabi, on the 9th of February 2013. Along with their fellow Emirati players, the ladies will be competing to promote women's tennis in the UAE and to support the Dubai Foundation for Women and Children. Proceeds raised from the tournament will be donated to the local charity. The tournament has been organised by ACE IT's founding members, Lady ...  >>MORE

Zayed Sports City to host UAE's biggest amateur Tennis Tournament

Posted on 23/01/2013

Over 300 tennis players, from seven-year-olds to adults, are expected to take part in the UAE's biggest amateur tennis championship from February 1 to February 15, 2013. Held at the International Tennis Centre at Zayed Sports City, the "Abu Dhabi Wilson Tennis Cup" is the first mass participation amateur tennis event in the region with over twenty-five singles and doubles sections for players to enter. Great prizes will be awarded for the winners of each category, with a total prize fund of ...  >>MORE

The Woods effect? Tiger's Abu Dhabi exit hits crowds

Posted on 22/01/2013

The Abu Dhabi Golf Championship is now the biggest tournament in the region despite a fall in attendance, according to Simon Cooper, CEO of title sponsor HSBC. Figures released shortly after Sunday's final round revealed 61,240 fans lined the fairways of the National Course at the Abu Dhabi Golf Club this week, more than 20,000 down on the event's record-breaking 2012. The fact that neither Rory McIlroy nor Tiger Woods made it to the business end of the championship having both missed ...  >>MORE

Rose poised for dream debut win

Posted on 20/01/2013

Justin Rose, the world number five, is on course to win the Abu Dhabi HSBC Golf Championship on his debut at the event, after taking a two-shot lead into the final day on Sunday. The South Africa-born Englishman fired a four-under-par 68 for a three-round total of 204, two shots ahead of the Welshman Jamie Donaldson and the Dane Thorbjorn Olesen. Rose was delighted with his brilliant form at the event, which he needs to maintain if he wants to challenge the world numbers one and two, Rory ...  >>MORE

Emirates Airlines and ATP in new partnership deal

Posted on 30/12/2012

Emirates Airlines and ATP have announced a new global partnership in which the carrier will become the official airline of the ATP World Tour, as well as the new title sponsor of the ATP Rankings, as of January 1, 2013. As part of the five-year agreement, Emirates becomes an official platinum partner of the ATP World Tour, as well as the season-ending Barclays ATP World Tour Finals, through 2017, a statement from the airline company said. Benefitting from global promotional rights together ...  >>MORE

Djokovic defeats Almagro to lift Abu Dhabi title

Posted on 30/12/2012

Novak Djokovic overcame a stubborn Nicolas Almagro to defend his Mubadala World Tennis Championship title in a highly-entertaining clash which the Serb says he thoroughly enjoyed. Following his longest match in the UAE capital, Djokovic remains undefeated in Abu Dhabi but had to fight for two hours and 34 minutes to shake Almagro, who together with the Serb gave the crowd a show that was well worth the money they spent. "I tend to have a lot of fun when I play with Nico (Almagro) for some ...  >>MORE

Ferrer defeats Tipsarevic to claim third in Abu Dhabi

Posted on 30/12/2012

World No5 David Ferrer made sure he ended his Abu Dhabi campaign on a high note after defeating Janko Tipsarevic 7-6 (7/4), 6-2 in the third-place playoff this afternoon and is hoping to come back next year to the UAE capital. Accustomed to sharing epic battles on court, Ferrer and Tipsarevic's first set was no exception as the pair pushed each other from the back of the court, delivering some sensational rallies. "It's very important to be here with the best players in the world, very ...  >>MORE

Almagro confirmed to join the world-class line-up for the Mubadala World Tennis Championship

Posted on 27/12/2012

World number eleven Nicolas Almagro from Spain has been confirmed to join the world-class line-up for the Mubadala World Tennis Championship following the late withdrawal of Rafael Nadal due to a stomach virus. Spanish star Almargo with make his debut in Abu Dhabi as a direct replacement for Nadal joining world number one Novak Djokovic, reigning US Open Champion and world number three Andy Murray, world number five David Ferrer, world number six Tomas Berdych and world number nine Janko ...  >>MORE

Rafael Nadal pulls out of Abu Dhabi comeback

Posted on 26/12/2012

Rafael Nadal has apologised to his fans in the UAE after a stomach virus forced him to withdraw from the Mubadala World Tennis Championship, which starts on Thursday. The 11-time Grand Slam champion has not played since Wimbledon and aimed to use his appearance at the Abu Dhabi tournament to ease himself into the new season. Those plans have been scuppered by the illness though, with doctors advising Nadal – who has played in all four previous Mubadala events, winning twice – not to travel or ...  >>MORE

Emirati girl wins contest to design Mubadala trophy

Posted on 23/12/2012

An Emirati student has designed the trophy to be presented to the winner of the Mubadala World Tennis Championship. Fayza Al Mashjari's handblown amber-glass design will be awarded to one of the world's best players in just eight days. "To think my design will take pride of place in the home of one of the world's best tennis players is a very proud moment for me and my entire family," she said. Ms Al Mashjari, a senior interior design student, was one of many hopefuls from Zayed University's ...  >>MORE

Abu Dhabi 'perfect' for Nadal's big return

Posted on 18/12/2012

Former world No1 Rafael Nadal believes Abu Dhabi is the perfect place for him to make his highly-anticipated return to the tennis courts after a long injury lay-off. Nadal, who has not played a competitive match since his shock second round exit at Wimbledon last June, has recently resumed practice after months of rehabilitation for a recurring knee injury and will be stepping on the courts of the Abu Dhabi International Tennis Complex on December 28 for the Mubadala World Tennis Championship ...  >>MORE

Rafael Nadal confirms he will play at Mubadala World Tennis Championship

Posted on 12/12/2012

Rafa's return will commence in Abu Dhabi. The former world No 1 Rafael Nadal, sidelined by a knee injury since a second-round loss at Wimbledon in June, confirmed via social media yesterday that he will begin his comeback at the Mubadala World Tennis Championship in Abu Dhabi in two weeks' time. "Can't wait to get back on court in Abu Dhabi at the end of the month," Nadal posted on his Facebook and Twitter accounts. "I won the Mubadala World Tennis Championship in 2010 and 2011 - would love ...  >>MORE

Berdych promises Ferrer thriller in Abu Dhabi

Posted on 05/12/2012

After leading the Czech Republic to their first Davis Cup win after thwarting favourites Spain, world No6 Tomas Berdych is now looking to cap his best season on the Tour with a win at the Mubadala World Tennis Championship in Abu Dhabi. Berdych's win in the Davis Cup, personal success in Stockholm and Montpellier and a runner-up finish in the Masters event in Madrid, makes him a strong contender for the December 27-29 event. The Czech giant is set to resume his rivalry with Spain's David ...  >>MORE

Djokovic, Nadal and Murray head billing for Abu Dhabi tennis event

Posted on 03/10/2012

Rafael Nadal could make his long-awaited comeback in Abu Dhabi just before the end of the year The Spaniard was the surprise inclusion in the six-player line-up for the fifth Mubadala World Tennis Championship, which was announced yesterday. The 26 year old has not featured in a tournament since losing in the second round at Wimbledon in June. But championship organisers are confident he will be fully fit to play in Abu Dhabi. "We wouldn't be announcing him today if we didn't have confidence ...  >>MORE

French Open awaits young UAE tennis starlets

Posted on 10/05/2012

Five young tennis players earned themselves an all-expenses trip to this year’s French Open after battling it out in the finals of the Clark Francis Tennis Swiss Junior Masters Finals at the Aviation Club on Friday. “I’m really excited. I made a wish to go to Paris on my birthday. And now I’m going,” said a jubilant Haktan Garrayeva, 9, from Azerbaijan, one of the five who made the grade in the series which has been on since last October. The finals of the annual series took place ...  >>MORE

Davis Cup: Al Baloushi outlines plans for UAE squad

Posted on 23/04/2012

UAE Davis Cup team captain Mahmoud Khalifa Al Baloushi expressed his joy after his squad earned promotion to Group III next year. The Emirati team remained undefeated in five ties in Doha last week to move up from Group IV and Al Baloushi was quick to laud the efforts of the players, led by UAE's top two, Omar Awadhy and Hamad Al Janahi. "We have to give credit to the players, they did great. I'm only the captain sitting outside,” Al Baloushi told Sport360°. "Hopefully, we'll keep going; ...  >>MORE

Roger Federer reminisces about famous Dubai helipad photo shoot

Posted on 28/02/2012

Roger Federer returned to the helipad of the Burj Al Arab Hotel where he played tennis with Andre Agassi back in 2005 to create one of the most-watched videos in the history of the sport. The Swiss, who plays his first round match against Michael Llodra on Tuesday, went up to the infamous helipad with world No.1 Novak Djokovic and the organisers of the tournament, to celebrate the 20th anniversary of the Dubai Duty Free Tennis Championships, and he reflected on his experience with Agassi ...  >>MORE

Caroline Wozniacki gets back to winning ways in Dubai Duty Free Tennis Championships

Posted on 23/02/2012

Defending champion Caroline Wozniacki got back to her winning ways following an early exit in Doha last week as she brushed aside Simona Halep in the second round in Wednesday night's late match. Seeded third Wozniacki thrashed her Romanian opponent 6-2 ,6-3 in 71 minutes in front of a loud crowd at the Dubai Tennis Stadium. The Dane got her first break in the sixth game of the match and secured another one in the eighth to wrap up the opening set 6-2. Wozniacki raced to a 3-0 lead in the ...  >>MORE

Dubai Duty Free Tennis Championships turns 20

Posted on 20/02/2012

The draw is out for the Dubai Duty Free Women's Open starting today. And once again, Dubai Duty Free, owners and organisers of this annual competition, has assembled one of the finest fields for two weeks of intense tennis action: seven of the top ten in the women's and eight of the top ten in the men's. Heading the field in the women's is defending champion Caroline Wozniacki. In fact she is the lone former champion in this year's draw. But then there are the growing ranks of challengers ...  >>MORE

Woods has the drive for Abu Dhabi

Posted on 26/01/2012

Tiger Woods is all set to make his Abu Dhabi HSBC Golf Championship debut on Thursday in what he believes is his cleanest bill of physical and mental health in well over a decade. Having won his first tournament in 107 weeks in December last year, having seemingly recovered from a spate of injuries and the prolonged fallout from the 2009 troubles in his personal life, Woods — a winner of 14 majors — is now upbeat before the start of his 2012 season, the supposed year of his much anticipated ...  >>MORE

Djokovic and Monfils clash on Thursday

Posted on 29/12/2011

Tennis fans in the UAE are all set for a perfect three-day feast to ring out the old year. Newly-crowned world number one Novak Djokovic and former junior world number one Gael Monfils meet in one of the two opening-day matches in the Mubadala World Tennis Championship this evening. Prior to the debut of Djokovic and Monfils at the Abu Dhabi International Tennis Complex in Zayed Sports City, Spain's world number five David Ferrer takes on world number six Wilfried Tsonga in what is expected ...  >>MORE

Zayed University student designs tennis trophy

Posted on 25/12/2011

The winner of the Mubadala Tennis World Championship on Saturday will hold up a glass trophy designed by Alya Al Za'abi, a student from Zayed University (ZU). Alya recently won the trophy design competition at ZU, hosted by glass art installation designer and manufacturer, Lasvit. Her art creation, inspired by the traditional Emirati ‘thorn bracelet', will be beamed into over 120 million homes worldwide, showcasing Emirati talent globally. "This trophy is going to be held up by a ...  >>MORE

World Number 1 arrives in Abu Dhabi for Mubadala World Tennis Championships

Posted on 18/12/2011

Following an electrifying season, World Number 1 Djokovic has arrived in Abu Dhabi, as he prepares for his debut at the Mubadala World Tennis Championship from 29th to 31st December, where he is set to take on Gael Monfils on an incredible Day One for the tournament. Following a season that was dubbed as his make or break year, Djokovic has proved his worth with an unbelievable 41-match winning streak, immerging from his ranking as number 3 behind Nadal and Federer, to realise his lifelong ...  >>MORE

MUBADALA tennis in schools program builds UAE future talent

Posted on 10/10/2011

The Mubadala World Tennis Championship is offering hundreds of school children across the UAE the chance to take the first steps on what could be their journey to tennis stardom in the 2nd year of the Mubadala Tennis in Schools program. Targeting children from the ages of seven to eleven, who may have never picked up a tennis racket, this grassroots initiative is an instrumental part of the Mubadala World Tennis Championship's commitment to encourage children to get more involved in tennis ...  >>MORE

Roger Federer to hold clinic for tennis enthusiasts in Abu Dhabi

Posted on 21/12/2010

Mubadala yesterday launched a prize draw for ten places at an exclusive tennis clinic with Roger Federer, the current World Number Two and 16-times Grand Slam winner. The tennis clinic will be held on 30th December, between 10:00-11:00 am at the International Tennis Complex, Zayed Sports City. The winners will also receive four tickets to the tournament's opening day. To enter the competition the hopefuls have to answer a question: Where is the Mubadala World Tennis Championship taking ...  >>MORE

Venus Williams defends Dubai title in style

Posted on 21/02/2010

American Venus Williams became only the second player to successfully defend her title when she tamed Belarussian Victoria Azarenka 6-3, 7-5 for the women's crown at the Barclays Dubai Tennis Championships late last night. Watched by a packed house, Venus took her time to adjust and then came up with a vintage performance to become only the second player after Justine Henin, who had won here in 2003 and 2004 and then again in 2006 and 2007. The winners received their trophies from Princess ...  >>MORE

US Open Champion set for debut in Dubai

Posted on 11/02/2010

One of the brightest young stars in the tennis world will make his debut at the Barclays Dubai Tennis Championships later this month. Juan Martin Del Potro stunned everyone last September when he battled his way through the draw at the US Open and then claimed an upset victory over world number one Roger Federer to lift the trophy at Flushing Meadows. Now the 21-year old Argentine is set to electrify his many fans on centre court at the Dubai Tennis Stadium as he bids to add another title to ...  >>MORE

Rafael Nadal claims Capitala World Tennis Championship title

Posted on 03/01/2010

The Spanish flag was up and flying again on Saturday barely a fortnight after Barcelona created history in the capital. This time it flew for Rafael Nadal, the world's number two tennis player, who won the second edition of the Capitala World Tennis Championship on Saturday. The Spanish ace beat Robin Soderling of Sweden 7-6 (3), 7-5 to carry away the prize of US$250,000 at the end of a two-hour battle. A fortnight ago, it was Barcelona who won the Fifa Club World Cup in front of over ...  >>MORE

Davydenko to face Ferrer in capital

Posted on 31/12/2009

The spotlight will once again be on Abu Dhabi which will be signing off 2009 the way it started it — with a world class sporting event. Spain's Davis Cup hero David Ferrer will take on Russian ace Nikolay Davydenko in today's opening match of the US$250,000 (Dh917,500) winner-takes-all Capitala World Tennis Championship, bringing the curtain down on a milestone year for Abu Dhabi. The highlights of 2009 were the Formula One Abu Dhabi Grand Prix followed by the Fifa Club World Cup but the ...  >>MORE

Capitala World Tennis Championship to kick off Thursday

Posted on 29/12/2009

With only days to go until the second Capitala World Tennis Championship returns to Abu Dhabi, the finishing touches have been made to the world-class stadium where all the action will take place. The recently repaved court at the Abu Dhabi International Tennis Complex is ready to host six of the world's top players in Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal, Nikolay Davydenko, Robin Soderling, Jo-Wilfried Tsonga and Stanislas Wawrinka for three days of spectacular tennis. The court is paved with ...  >>MORE

Venus beats Razzano to win Dubai title

Posted on 22/02/2009

She said she had a bad week but got lucky in the end. Venus Williams of the US of A outclassed Virginie Razzano in straight sets to emerge champion in the Barclays Dubai Tennis Championships here on Saturday. This is Williams 40th singles career titles and seventh victory in her last eight final appearances. The Wimbledon champion, though was not in the peak of form on a cool Saturday evening. But her performance was adequate enough to defeat her determined, courageous French opponent 6-4 6-2 ...  >>MORE

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Sports stars return for Dubai Duty Free Tennis Championships


Djokovic beats Ferrer to win Abu Dhabi title


Boris Becker joins Novak Djokovic’s team in Abu Dhabi


UAE’s aspiring tennis stars play with Ferrer and Murray in Abu Dhabi


Emirates sets Barclays ATP World Tour finals in motion


Murray to return to Abu Dhabi


Emirates announces sponsorship of Roland Garros Tennis Tournament


Djokovic wins Dubai tennis championships


Kvitova battles past Errani to win Dubai title


Serena reveals love for Dubai as she seeks maiden title


UAE to stage its first ever Ladies Tennis Tournament


Zayed Sports City to host UAE's biggest amateur Tennis Tournament


The Woods effect? Tiger's Abu Dhabi exit hits crowds


Rose poised for dream debut win


Emirates Airlines and ATP in new partnership deal


Djokovic defeats Almagro to lift Abu Dhabi title


Ferrer defeats Tipsarevic to claim third in Abu Dhabi


Almagro confirmed to join the world-class line-up for the Mubadala World Tennis Championship


Rafael Nadal pulls out of Abu Dhabi comeback


Emirati girl wins contest to design Mubadala trophy


Abu Dhabi 'perfect' for Nadal's big return


Rafael Nadal confirms he will play at Mubadala World Tennis Championship


Berdych promises Ferrer thriller in Abu Dhabi


Djokovic, Nadal and Murray head billing for Abu Dhabi tennis event


French Open awaits young UAE tennis starlets


Davis Cup: Al Baloushi outlines plans for UAE squad


Roger Federer reminisces about famous Dubai helipad photo shoot


Caroline Wozniacki gets back to winning ways in Dubai Duty Free Tennis Championships


Dubai Duty Free Tennis Championships turns 20


Woods has the drive for Abu Dhabi


Djokovic and Monfils clash on Thursday


Zayed University student designs tennis trophy


World Number 1 arrives in Abu Dhabi for Mubadala World Tennis Championships


MUBADALA tennis in schools program builds UAE future talent


Roger Federer to hold clinic for tennis enthusiasts in Abu Dhabi


Venus Williams defends Dubai title in style


US Open Champion set for debut in Dubai


Rafael Nadal claims Capitala World Tennis Championship title


Davydenko to face Ferrer in capital


Capitala World Tennis Championship to kick off Thursday


Venus beats Razzano to win Dubai title