Net Gains For Sustainability! Mubadala World Tennis Championship Teams Up With Dgrade In Plastic Recycling Drive!

December 07, 2021

Just days after the UAE was confirmed as the host country for the crucial COP28 international climate change conference in 2023, the Mubadala World Tennis Championship, the Arabian Gulf’s leading professional tennis experience, is looking to make further net gains on sustainability.

Aligning with the UAE’s sustainability goals for responsible consumption and production, Championship owners Flash Entertainment have partnered with DGrade, a UAE-based, renowned manufacturer of sustainable clothing products, to make the 13th edition of the Mubadala World Tennis Championship an environmentally friendly event on its welcome return, with full capacity, next month.

DGrade will collect single use plastic at the Championship, which runs from 16 – 18 December at the International Tennis Centre, at Zayed Sports City, in Abu Dhabi, including bottles used by spectators and players and facilitate a closed loop by converting them into clothes, including staff t-shirts, demonstrating a clear commitment from Championship stakeholders to contribute to environmental goals.

Recycling plastic bottles to make garments keeps plastic out of landfills, saves energy and water, and lowers carbon emissions as compared to typical polyester yarn manufacture. For example, the staff shirts made using DGrade’s Greenspun® yarn consume 50% less energy, 20% less water, and emit 55% fewer carbon emissions. Furthermore, no oil is used throughout the process.

“We’ve made great strides in building the Mubadala World Tennis Championship legacy in terms of promoting tennis and physical activity, but also in social responsibility and sustainability. The return of our Championship will be a special moment and we all have a collective responsibility to ensure we continue contributing to a better, more sustainable future. Collaboration between all stakeholders is key, and the partnership with DGrade is extremely important to us as, together, we embrace the responsibility to meet the UAE’s goals for responsible consumption and production. Together, we can continue making a difference,” said John Lickrish, CEO Flash Entertainment.

“The UAE has made a significant commitment to sustainability, and it is wonderful to see organisations such as Flash Entertainment, and events like the Mubadala World Tennis Championship, embracing the responsibility to play an active role not only by recycling, but by closing the loop. We are honoured to partner in this initiative and lend our expertise to make a difference for the future,” added Kris Barber, DGrade’s Founder and CEO.

The 13th Mubadala World Tennis Championship will see top-class action on and off court with six of the world’s best male tennis players and two of the best in the women’s game, in a series of elimination matches.

The women’s match promises to be a key highlight on an action-packed day 1, when US Open champion Emma Raducanu faces Tokyo Olympics singles gold medal winner Belina Bencic. The men’s line-up includes three of the world’s top 10 players: world No.5 Andrey Rublev; world No.6, and defending champion, Rafael Nadal; world No.8 Casper Ruud; alongside Denis Shapovalov (world no.14), Dominic Thiem (world No.15) and 3-time Grand Slam champion Andy Murray.

Off court, the Tennis Village will feature a range of fun events and interactions including star player clinics, Q&As with the leading players, sponsors’ activations, F&B experiences, children’s activities, and more.

Tickets, starting from AED 100 for adults and AED 50 for children, are available from and Virgin Megastores across the UAE. In line with current protocols, measures will be in place within the stadium and throughout the Tennis Village to ensure the health and safety of fans, players and officials.

Additionally, in line with the latest government guidelines the Championship will welcome fans and spectators with green status on the Al Hosn app and a negative PCR test result with 96-hour validity across three days of exciting tennis action, in a safe and secure environment.

Premier Hospitality tickets are available, offering fans a premium F&B menu and courtside seating providing prime viewing and an unparalleled experience.