Dubai: Wimbledon finalist Kevin Anderson will return to Abu Dhabi to defend his Mubadala World Tennis Championship (MWTC) crown from December 27-29.
The highest ranked South African in ATP rankings history will be joined by Serbian 14-time Grand Slam champion and recent Shanghai Masters winner, Novak Djokovic in the men’s side of the draw, while seven-time Grand Slam winner Venus Williams tops the women’s draw, with more players to be announced.
Anderson is making his third appearance in the capital. After winning his fourth ATP title in New York and reaching his second Grand Slam final at Wimbledon this year — where he also earned his 300th career win — the world number eight is now looking to defend his MWTC title.
Last year he defeated Pablo Carreno Busta and Dominic Thiem in the opening matches before beating Roberto Bautista Agut in the championship match.
“What a tournament last year turned out to be,” he said. “The MWTC is the perfect start to the tennis season and I cannot wait to return to the court and defend my title.”
With a line-up of six top male and two female players, this year’s tournament will be the biggest yet. Off court there will also be a kids, foodies and ladies day theme on each of the three days.
The MWTC leads into the Australian Open, the first Grand Slam of the season, which is played on the same hard court surface and in similar weather conditions.
Tickets start from Dh100 and can be purchased from www.ticketmaster.ae or by calling 800 86 823 from within the UAE or +971 4 366 2289 from outside the country, and all Virgin Megastores across the UAE. For those opting to buy the three-day package, there will be a 20 per cent discount on the final cost of tickets.
For more information, visit www.mubadalawtc.com