Next Tennis tournament after Australian Open
Fresh from claiming the first grand slam titles of the season, world No 1s Serena Williams and Novak Djokovic will now turn their attentions to the Dubai Duty Free Tennis Championship.
Women’s champion Williams, who defeated Maria Sharapova in the Australian Open final on Saturday, will headline the first week of play in what is sure to be a fiercely contested tournament.
The women’s draw consists of seven of the world’s top ten players and 17 of the top 20, and the 19-time major champion will be aiming to win her maiden Dubai title.
Williams will celebrate her 228th non-consecutive week as the world’s top-ranked player when she arrives in Dubai aiming to better her three semi-final appearances. The most dramatic of those battles came in 2009 when she was edged out by sister — and defending champion — Venus in a final set tiebreak.
Meanwhile, Djokovic makes his way to Dubai after entering the history books with his fifth Australian Open title, equalling the record of Roy Emerson who captured his titles between 1961 and 1967.
Andy Murray, who Djokovic defeated over four sets, will also be competing in Dubai and will be seeking the chance for revenge against the Serbian.
While Serena will be seeking her first Dubai title, Djokovic will be bidding to win the trophy for the fifth time, second only to Roger Federer’s six crowns. The Swiss world No 2 will also be in Dubai, meaning three of the world’s so-called ‘Big Four’ will be in action.
“We are delighted and very proud of the fact the two best players in the world and the newly crowned Australian Open champions have both committed themselves to the Dubai Duty Free Tennis Championships, ” said Colm McLoughlin, Executive Vice Chairman of Dubai Duty Free, the tournament owners and organisers.
“Both Novak Djokovic and Serena Williams are in great demand by every tournament in the world, and it is a privilege that they have chosen to return once again to Dubai. They are assured of a very warm welcome by all of us.”
The Dubai Duty Free Tennis Championships begins with the WTA event, which takes place between February 15 and 21. Other star names involved include French Open finalist Simona Halep and former Dubai winners Petra Kvitova, Caroline Wozniacki and Agnieszka Radwanska.
Play then continues between February 23 and 28 with the ATP tournament.
The Dubai Duty Free Tennis Championships is owned and organised by Dubai Duty Free, and held under the patronage of H. H. Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice-President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai.
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