November 28, 2018
With just under a month to go until the start of potentially the most exciting Mubadala World Tennis Championship (MWTC) to date, organisers have today revealed a thrilling draw for the tournament.
Fans attending the MWTC, held at the International Tennis Centre at Zayed Sports City in Abu Dhabi between 27th – 29th December 2018, are set for three days of high-intensity tennis between some of the world’s top players, making it one of the most remarkable Championships the capital has ever seen.
The opening day of the tournament will see two electrifying matches. The first, between defending champion and 2018 Wimbledon finalist, Kevin Anderson and Australian Open Semi-Finalist, Hyeon Chung is sure to be closely fought having played each other only twice in their career, with Anderson emerging victorious in both their encounters, Chung will definitely be out to make his mark and defeat his fast-footed opponent. This will be Anderson’s third appearance at MWTC, while Chung will be making his debut after a successful year which saw him reach the Semi-Finals at the Australian Open.
The day’s second match will see world number 8, Dominic Thiem take on the winner of three ATP Tour titles, Karen Khachanov for a place in the Semi-Finals. 25-year-old Austrian, Dominic Thiem, who made his debut at MWTC last year, will challenge world number 11, Karen Khachanov in what will be only their second meeting. Khachanov has just enjoyed the best season of his young career, registering 46 wins in 2018, whilst Thiem will be itching to improve on his performance this year after reaching his first Grand Slam final at Roland Garros.
World number one and 14-time Grand Slam champion Novak Djokovic and world number two Rafael Nadal, who will be making his ninth appearance at MWTC, both received byes until day two of the tournament, where they will face off against the winners from day one.
With four out of the six male players featuring in the top 10, this year’s lineup is amongst the best ever. The players look to start their season on a strong note and fans attending the Championship can expect to witness an adrenaline-filled three days of intense on-court action.
In addition to all the excitement on the court, fans attending the MWTC can also expect a fun day out at the Tennis Village which promises an enjoyable family experience. Following the themes of Love. Kids Day, Love. Ladies Day Out and Love. Foodies, fans are in for a special treat with exclusive meet and greet sessions with tennis superstars, Q&As, coaching clinics, autograph sessions and a live cooking session with a star player.