GAME, SET, MEMORABLE MOMENTS AT 14TH MUBADALA WORLD TENNIS CHAMPIONSHIP

December 17, 2022

The 14th Mubadala World Tennis Championship continues to deliver memorable moments for tennis fans young and old as the MWTC Tennis Village was alive with action and excitement on Day 2 at the International Tennis Centre, Zayed Sports City, in Abu Dhabi.

Event goers flocked to try out a range of fun tennis-themed activities while waiting to see their heroes on court and grabbed the unique MWTC opportunity to interact with some of the world’s best players.

MWTC STARS SHARE INSIGHTS IN FUN, FAN Q&A SESSIONS

Day 2 of the three-day festival was a seven-star showing for fans, with seven of the eight players in the field hosting interactive Q&A sessions in the Tennis Village. An ever-popular feature of the Championship, the Q&As offered fans a unique chance to ask their favourite players some burning questions.

In her Q&A, Ons Jabeur, reflecting on last night’s victory told fans: “I enjoyed it in every way last night. I liked the suspense in the end, not knowing who’s going to win. 2022 has had some crazy moments for sure, starting from Madrid where I won my biggest title. It was very close at Wimbledon and the US Open, I wanted more titles. I have more experience and using the experience of 2022 will help me be a better player.”

Elsewhere, Emma Raducanu, told fans: “I loved being here in Abu Dhabi. I enjoyed the atmosphere, the architecture – everything is very clean and modern. The atmosphere last night was really nice as well to play in. Me and Ons had a good match, I hope the crowd was liking it because we pushed each other hard, and we both enjoyed it.”

In his Q&A Tsitsipas, said: “It’s the best start of a new season. First, you get to play at such a good location, which is extremely important, people are really hospitable and there’s a great vibe and energy going on.”

PLAYER CLINICS GIVE GLIMPSE INTO LIFE OF TOP TALENT

The star players also took the opportunity to engage with fans, young and old, in a number of light-hearted player clinics, during which they offered up tips on everything from serves to backhand winners, net gains and how to have fun on the court.

Speaking at the Championship, Fuad Shatara, an American national based in Abu Dhabi, aged 42, said: “The Championship has been phenomenal. The organisers have put together a great event around the whole venue and everyone has been so welcoming and friendly. The Tennis Village is fantastic, and there are activations that have catered to everyone in my family, so we’ve all had a great time these past two days.”

“I really enjoyed watching Rublev go head-to-head against Coric yesterday evening. The overall experience has been extremely fun. My son enjoyed the activities in the pavilion and participating in different activities around the Tennis Village. We are both tennis enthusiasts and are amazed by the tennis facility and having the opportunity to watch top ATP players perform,” said Dubai-based Yury Korneo, aged 38, Russian national.

JUST THE TRICK

The hugely popular tennis freestyler Stefan Bojic was back in action on the main court and practice courts as he demonstrated his repertoire of trick shots, flicks and fun.

“It is always nice to come to Abu Dhabi and it’s a really nice event. They have some great players. It is fun to do tricks with kids. I taught them some basic racket skills at the clinic that they can use later to improve their skills. I believe that is an important step for the players. It is great to do these types of clinics,” said Bojic.

KIDDIE REPORTER MARKS HER MARK

After captivating World No.1 Carlos Alcaraz in his Friday pre-match press conference, the MWTC Kiddie Reporter, Amina, continued to be talk of the event. The 8-year-old, who also performed the coin toss the championship’s opening match, proved to be a huge hit this year.