Following a spectacular opening night of top-flight tennis on centre court, the Mubadala World Tennis Championship ushered in the New Year in true sporting style on day two of the tournament, January 1. 14-time Grand Slam champion and firm fan favourite Rafael Nadal made his first appearance of the year in Abu Dhabi when he helped young winners of the Mubadala Community Cup powered by Healthpoint get their 2016 off to a flying start with a tennis clinic for the under 10 and under 12 category victors. Canada’s Milos Raonic, who joins the stellar player line-up for the first time, was also in action on the clinic courts, hosting winners from the adult category where they picked up some expert tips before going on to battle it out in a Mubadala Community Cup inter-emirate play-off.
Victor Paganetti, 12 years old said: “It was an incredible experience playing with Rafa and I came over from France especially to be here for this. He is my favourite tennis player and I have met him before but to actually play with him was so much better. I hope to become a professional tennis player one day so this was a great experience for me.”
Meanwhile in Tennis Village, fans had the chance to meet David Ferrer and Stan Wawrinka when they signed autographs for expectant visitors of all ages.
Tennis Village is free and open to non-ticket-holders daily from 12 noon. The annual Mubadala World Tennis Championship takes place from December 31st 2015 – January 2nd 2016 at the International Tennis Centre, Zayed Sports City.
Limited tickets for day three are still available at www.ticketmaster.ae, all Virgin Megastore outlets across the UAE, by calling 800 TM UAE (800 86 823) or at the box office at the International Tennis Centre at Zayed Sports City. Prices start from AED 350, with exclusive premier hospitality packages also available including food and beverage offers, star player meet and greets and premier stadium seating.
For more information about MWTC 2016, please visit www.mubadalawtc.com or www.facebook.com/mubadalaworldtennischampionship