Dubai Duty Free Tennis Championships guide 2019

Tennis stars will descend on Dubai this month – here's what you need to know

Dubai Duty Free Tennis Championships guide 2019

Tennis fans in Dubai are getting ready to cheer on their sporting heroes as The Dubai Duty Free Tennis Championships kick off this week. The tournament starts on Sunday (February 17) with the women’s WTA Premier Tournament. The final will be held on Saturday February 23, with the ATP Men’s tournament running from Monday February 25 until Saturday March 2. 2019 sees the 27th renewal of the ATP tournament and the 19th year of the WTA competition. There’s a whopping total prize fund of US$5.7million (around Dhs20.9m) for the tournament and we can’t wait to see who lifts the trophies.

THE WOMEN’S ONES TO WATCH
Svitolina aiming for the treble
The women’s competition is set to shine. New world number one and Australian Open champion Naomi Osaka will be playing, with the line-up also including Australian Open runner-up Petra Kvitova, former world number ones Simona Halep and Caroline Wozniacki, and two-time defending champion Elina Svitolina. Osaka defeated Serena Williams in both the US Open and Australian Open and we can’t wait to see her take to the court. Defending women’s champion Elina Svitolina is bidding to become the first player from the WTA Tour to win three consecutive Dubai titles. Angelique Kerber, who reached the semi-finals in both 2017 and 2018, before running up against eventual champion Elina Svitolina, will also be returning to the Garhoud court this year.



THE MEN’S ONES TO WATCH
Federer going for an eighth title

The men’s field is led by seven-time champion Roger Federer, defending Dubai champion Roberto Bautista Agut and the newest superstar on the world stage, Stefanos Tsitsipas. Tsitsipas last year became the youngest player in ATP Tour history to beat four top ten opponents in the same week in Toronto. He then went on to beat both Federer and Roberto Bautista Agut in the Australian before being defeated by Rafa Nadal in the semi finals of the competition. “There is nothing more exciting than watching a new star, and we greatly look forward to seeing if he can repeat his Australian Open success in Dubai,” said Colm McLoughlin, Executive Vice Chairman and CEO of Dubai Duty Free.

WHERE YOU’LL WATCH FROM
There are plenty of seats
The 5,000-seat Dubai Tennis Stadium was officially inaugurated by His Highness Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice-President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, in February 1996, and since has been renamed the Dubai Duty Free Tennis Stadium.



HOW TO GET TICKETS
They start at just Dhs55

Tickets can be bought from the Dubai Duty Free Tennis Stadium Box Office, which is open from 9am to 9pm, as well as from 800tickets.com. Prices range from Dhs55 on the opening days, to Dhs475 for men’s finals in the Grandstand (although prime seats extend above that). You can always visit the Tennis Village for free, too, and why not stop by for
a pint at The Irish Village after the match? We’ll see you there.
From Dhs55. Feb 17-Mar 2. Dubai Duty Free Tennis Stadium, Garhoud, www. dubaidutyfreetennischampionships.com.

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