October 06, 2019

Thursday, 3 October 2019, Abu Dhabi, UAE: The Mubadala World Tennis Championship (MWTC) 2019 will once again bring the best of women’s tennis to Abu Dhabi as organisers today confirmed one of the sport’s most popular female players and a rising star of the game will go head-to-head at the International Tennis Centre at Zayed Sports City. Five-time Grand Slam champion Maria Sharapova will put her experience to the test against 18-year-old sensation Amanda Anisimova, referred to by many in the game as ‘the new Sharapova’. Anisimova burst onto the scene earlier this year by beating world No.3 Simona Halep on her way to becoming the youngest American to reach the women’s French Open semi-finals since 1990.

The announcement of the female players comes just two days after 19-time Grand Slam ace Rafael Nadal and his 2019 US Open final opponent Daniil Medvedev were confirmed as the first two big shots for the six-man line-up, a further demonstration that Abu Dhabi continues to deliver the best in sport and entertainment.

“In just over a decade, the Mubadala World Tennis Championship has earned and cemented its reputation as the people’s favourite event in Abu Dhabi. We strive to make way for the best with every edition and in Maria Sharapova and Amanda Anisimova, spectators will truly see the best of tennis, from the experience of a multiple Grand Slam champion to the future of the sport,” said John Lickrish, CEO, Flash Entertainment.

“Confirming four of the biggest names in tennis in a matter of days demonstrates the appeal of this championship amongst the players and its attraction for domestic and international visitors who will get an unmissable experience, a blend of the best tennis action on court and the best entertainment and interactive competitions off court.”

Sharapova is always a big draw wherever she plays and will prove a popular addition to the Mubadala World Tennis Championship when she lines up for her Abu Dhabi debut in December.

“I’ve been told December is a great time of year to visit and I want everyone to come and join us in having some fun,” said Sharapova.
For Anisimova, the Mubadala World Tennis Championship provides another opportunity to continue impressing on her fledging journey in tennis and test herself against the best.

“I will be making my first visit to Abu Dhabi and I want to make sure I’m bringing my A-game to the Mubadala World Tennis Championship and show the spectators what I can do,” said the 18-year-old.

With the Mubadala World Tennis Championship brought forward a week from its usual spot on the calendar, the new dates, 19-21 December, will enhance the festival feel of the championship for both fans and players.