November 06, 2019

The 12th edition of the Mubadala World Tennis Championship will officially welcome the best tennis player on the planet when it returns with its new dates from 19 – 21 December, after Rafael Nadal returned to the top of the men’s world rankings.

Following his victory in the US Open final – his 19th Grand Slam win – against fellow Mubadala World Championship 2019 player Daniil Medvedev in August and recent results on the ATP Tour season, Nadal has overtaken Novak Djokovic, the defending MWTC champion, in the latest rankings, announced today.

The ascension of the crowd favourite back to the top of the tennis tree for the first time since the end of October 2018, means the Arabian Gulf’s leading tennis experience once again delivers on its promise of bringing the best on-court and off-court action to the International Tennis Centre, Abu Dhabi.

For the second year running, Day 1 is Kids’ Day, with children 12 and under going FREE. The Tennis Village will come to life during the Championship with unmissable experiences such as autograph signing sessions, Q&A’s with some of the world’s best tennis players, and a range of fun activities and interactive competitions, making for an excellent family destination.

Day 1 will also see spectators treated to some high-quality women’s tennis with the much-anticipated one-off women’s exhibition match where multiple Grand Slam champion Maria Sharapova will take on new tennis sensation, Amanda Anisimova. The women’s match will be one of three matches on day 1, where ticket holders will also see the two men’s quarterfinals.