October 10, 2019

Thursday, 10 October 2019, Abu Dhabi, UAE: He’s been making friends, winning trophies and enjoying the warm weather of an Abu Dhabi winter for a long time. Confirmation of Rafa Nadal’s return to the UAE capital from 19-21 December this year will mark the Spanish ace’s 10th Mubadala World Tennis Championship appearance.

Since making his debut in the inaugural event in 2009, Rafa has become one of the best tennis players of all-time, winning 13 of his 19 Grand Slam titles in the process. He has claimed the Mubadala World Tennis Championship title four times, his most recent title coming in 2016 with victory over David Goffin.

The left-handed superstar will be looking to land a record fifth title in December – he is currently tied on four victories with Novak Djokovic. So, as he prepares to mark 10 years of competing at Abu Dhabi’s International Tennis Centre at Zayed Sports City, Rafa is making it an extra special occasion for spectators.

In addition to capitalising on the added festive feel afforded by the new dates for the 12th edition of MWTC, which has been brought forward a week from its traditional spot on the calendar, the man known as ‘The King of Clay’ has an incredible offer for those keen to catch him in action.

Anyone who buys a ticket for the three-day tennis championship in the next 10 days instantly stands a chance to win one of 10 pieces of Mubadala World Tennis Championship memorabilia signed by the man himself! A lucky winner will be chosen daily.

This year’s tournament is taking place from 19-21 December, appealing to both international visitors eyeing a unique experience in Abu Dhabi’s famed winter sun, and UAE residents seeking some festive fun without having to travel, Rafa can’t wait to celebrate with his fans in Abu Dhabi.
Speaking about the Mubadala World Tennis Championship Rafa, said: “I’ve been here plenty of times, it’s a great event with fantastic organisation. It is a very nice place with friendly people and the atmosphere on court is fantastic.”

Make way for the best and secure your seats now. In addition to three days of top-class tennis action, spectators will be treated to a host of off-court activities, player interaction in the form of tennis clinics, autograph sessions, Q&A sessions, and interactive competitions.