December 15, 2022
Just days out from the start of the 14th Mubadala World Tennis Championship, organisers have revealed the tournament’s stunning official trophy, which pays tribute to the UAE’s falconry traditions and draws a similarity between the fastest-moving creatures on Earth and the world’s best tennis players serving at high-speed.
The design was created by LASVIT, the Official Trophy Partner of the Championship, and portrays the falcon’s wing motion, as well as an abstract form of an elite player mid-serve. The trophy showcases the legacy of the Mubadala World Tennis Championship, with each of the previous winners, since the event’s inception in 2009, etched on the base, including Andy Murray, Rafael Nadal, Novak Djokovic, Kevin Anderson, and defending champion Andrey Rublev.
Discussing the design, John Lickrish, CEO, Flash Entertainment said: “This year’s trophy has been meticulously crafted as a fitting tribute to falconry, which is deeply ingrained in UAE heritage and history. Bedouins in UAE and the larger Arabian Peninsula have engaged in the practice of falconry for 4,000 years and, today, it is one of the most revered traditional sports in the UAE. We are proud to be able to celebrate the tradition during this year’s Championship and showcase the Championship’s own tradition and legacy.”
Martin Gallo, Trophy Designer, LASVIT added “The new Mubadala World Tennis Championship Trophy honours not only the winning athletes, but also rich Arabic cultural heritage and the tradition of falconry. They represent a connection between falcons, the fastest birds in the world and world-class tennis players. You can recognize the sequences of wing movements of the falcon flying out vigorously towards the endless sky, while the perfectly sculpted contours of the trophy also symbolizes an abstraction of a serving tennis player. The trophy represents a materialization of beautiful swift movements of falcons as well as of professional athletes.”