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RAFAEL NADAL

Age: 35
Country: Spain
Current World Ranking: 5
Plays: Left-Handed, Two-Handed Backhand

Achievements:

  • Nadal is a 20-time Grand Slam champion, a record he shares with Novak Djokovic and Roger Federer
  • His 13 Roland Garros victories are a record for any tournament
  • Nadal has 88 ATP Tour titles in his professional singles career
  • He has won an at least one ATP Tour singles title in 18 consecutive seasons (2004 – 21), a Tour record
  • Nadal has ranked in the world Top 10 for a record-breaking 828 consecutive weeks (2005 -21), including 209 total weeks as World No.1
  • He is known as the greatest of all time on clay, with 62 of his 88 titles coming on that surface
  • Has the longest-running winning streak on any surface with 81 straight victories on clay (2005 – 07)
  • Joined Andre Agassi as the second man in history to complete a career Grand Slam (all four Grand Slams) and win Olympic gold medal in singles, which he achieved at the 2008 Beijing Games
  • He added the gold medal doubles title to his haul at the Rio 2016 Games, alongside Marc Lopez
  • He is the youngest player (aged 24) in the Open Era to win a career Grand Slam
  • Along with Mats Wilander and Djokovic, he is one of only three male tennis players to win at least two Grand Slams on three different surfaces (hard, grass and clay).
  • In the Davis Cup, has 24 straight Davis Cup singles and doubles wins since 2005
  • Nadal has won the Davis Cup on five separate occasions
  • He secured his 1,000th career win in 2020 in Paris over countryman Feliciano Lopez

Fun Facts:

  • His nickname is Rafa
  • He founded the Rafa Nadal Foundation in 2008 and was presented with ATP ACES for a charity grant in 2011 and 2020
  • He launched the Rafa Nadal Academy by Movistar in 2016, which combines high-level tennis, education and residency
  • He took the Rafael Nadal Tennis School around the globe, launching in India (2010); Rafa Nadal Tour in Spain (2014); Rafa Nadal Tennis Centre in Mexico (2019), Rafa Nadal Tennis Centre in Greece (2019); Rafa Nadal Tour in Australia (2019)
  • He opened the second Rafa Nadal Academy, in Kuwait, in 2020
  • The longest Grand Slam final of all time was between Novak Djokovic and Rafael Nadal, lasting five hours and 53 minutes
  • The centre court at the Real Club de Tennis Barcelona was renamed “Pista Rafa Nadal” in 2017
  • He has a liking for football, golf, fishing
  • His favourite football club is Real Madrid
  • He is coached by former World No. 1, Carlos Moya, Francis Roig and Marc López
  • In May 2001, aged 14, he defeated former Grand Slam tournament champion Pat Cash in a clay court exhibition match
  • Even though he plays tennis left-handed he is known to do most other things right-handed, including golf and writing

At the Mubadala World Tennis Championship:

  • Nadal made his Championship debut in the 2009 edition
  • Nadal has won the Mubadala World Tennis Championship five times (2010, 2011, twice in 2016 and 2019)
  • He holds the Championship record for most appearances in the final (6)
  • Nadal has played in 20 matches at the Championship, another record, and has featured in 10 of the 12 editions to date (the most by any player)

 

EMMA RADUCANU

Age: 18
Country: Great Britain
Current World Ranking: 21
Plays: Right-Handed, Two-Handed Backhand

Achievements:

  • Emma Raducanu won the 2021 US Open title, becoming the first Briton to win a women’s Grand Slam singles title since Virginia Wade at the 1977 Wimbledon Championships
  • At 18, Raducanu is the youngest Grand Slam winner since Maria Sharapova at Wimbledon in 2004
  • This year, in her Grand Slam debut at Wimbledon, she became the youngest female British player to progress to the last 16 of a Grand Slam in the Open Era
  • She is the first player to win the US Open women’s singles title without dropping a set since Serena Williams in 2014
  • She is the first qualifier, male or female, to reach a Grand Slam final in the Open Era
  • Ranked as world No.150 at the start of the of US Open, rising to No.22 following her US Open victory
  • Victory at the US Open earned her the British No.1 ranking
  • Raducanu is the first British female winner at Flushing Meadows since Virginia Wade in 1968

Fun Facts:

  • She began hitting balls with her father at the age of five
  • She is “quite capable” of speaking Mandarin and watches Taiwanese TV
  • If she was not a tennis player, she would have worked in finance
  • She is a big fan of Formula 1 and go-karting
  • She took her A-level examinations just weeks before her US Open adventure, earning an A* in maths and an A in economics
  • She always carries a disposable camera and dark chocolate while on tour

 

ANDY MURRAY

Age: 34
Country: Great Britain
Current World Ranking: 34
Plays: Right-Handed, Two-Handed Backhand

Achievements:

  • Andy Murray is a three-time Grand Slam champion (US Open 2012; Wimbledon 2013, 2016)
  • He is the first player to win two Olympic gold medals in singles (2012 London, 2016 Rio)
  • Became the first British male to win a Grand Slam singles title (US Open 2012) since Fred Perry in 1936
  • Andy became the first British World No. 1 in 2016
  • He is the only male player to win a Grand Slam (Wimbledon), a Masters 1000 title, Olympic gold medal and the year-end ATP Tour Finals in the same year (2016)
  • Andy also won an Olympic silver medal for Great Britain in the mixed doubles at the 2012 London Olympics alongside compatriot Laura Robson
  • He is the only player with at least seven victories over Roger Federer, Rafa Nadal and Novak Djokovic, including championship wins over all three amongst his 14 ATP Masters 1000 titles
  • Andy held the World No.1 ranking for 41 weeks
  • He led the Great Britain team, alongside brother Jamie, to Davis Cup title in 2015
  • He was ranked in the world’s top 10 for all but one month from July 2008 to October 2017

Fun Facts:

  • Andy has been given several nicknames by his fans. He is known as Muzz, Muzza, Muzzard, Muzzcat=
  • Older brother Jamie is also a professional tennis player, who concentrates on doubles and is a seven-time Grand Slam winner
  • Andy was knighted by Prince Charles at Buckingham Palace on 16 May 2019, joining Sir Norman Brookes in 1939 as only tennis players to be knighted
  • His maternal grandfather Roy Erskine was a professional footballer in the 1950s
  • He is a good footballer. Andy turned down a chance to attend the Rangers Football Club School of Excellence because he wanted to concentrate on his tennis
  • Andy is a global Ambassador for UNICEF, United for Wildlife, Malaria No More and WWF
  • He first played Novak Djokovic aged 11 when they were two of the biggest stars on the junior circuit, where he beat the Serb in straight sets

At the Mubadala World Tennis Championship

  • Andy played in the inaugural championship in 2009, winning the title in a gripping three-set final with Rafa Nadal
  • He won his second MWTC title in 2015
  • He has won two of the three championships in which he has participated

 

 

DOMINIC THIEM

Age: 28
Country: Austria
Current World Ranking: 12
Plays: Right-Handed, One-Handed Backhand

Achievements:

  • Playing in his 4th Grand Slam final, Thiem defeated Alexander Zverev to win the 2020 US Open title, becoming the first player to win the US Open final from 2 sets down since Pancho Gonzales in 1949
  • Thiem is the first male player born in the 1990s to claim a Grand Slam singles title
  • Thiem is the first Austrian to win the US Open singles title
  • Thiem achieved career-high, World No. 3 in 2020 and was ranked in the Top 10 from 2016 until 2021, the 2nd longest streak after Rafael Nadal since 2005
  • Thiem has qualified for Nitto ATP Finals every year from 2016 – 2020, defeating World No.3 Roger Federer and World No.2 Novak Djokovic en route to the 2019 championship match. He also beat World No.2 Rafael Nadal and World No.1 Novak Djokovic en route to the 2020 final
  • Playing in his third ATP Masters 1000 final, Thiem defeated 5-time champion Roger Federer to win the 2019 Indian Wells title

Fun Facts:

  • His nickname is Domi
  • He began playing tennis at the age of 6 and switched to one-handed backhand at 11
  • Both his parents are tennis coaches
  • His favourite shot is forehand and favourite surface being clay
  • His idols growing up were countrymen Stefan Koubek and Jürgen Melzer and his dream opponent is Andre Agassi
  • His favourite tournaments are the Vienna Open and the Austrian Open Kitzbühe and won both titles in 2019
  • He suffered a tear in his right wrist that forced him to withdraw from 2021 Wimbledon
  • He is a big football fan and supports Chelsea FC
  • His love for football prompted him to set up his own football club, 1st. TFC Matzendorf
  • He enjoys ski jump competitions
  • He wears bracelets in support of ‘4ocean’, which is working towards the conservation of the oceans

At the Mubadala World Tennis Championship:

  • Thiem made his Mubadala World Tennis Championship debut in 2017
  • Thiem lost to World No.11 Karen Khachanov in the third-place match in 2018
  • Thiem is set to make his third appearance at the Championship this December

 

Andrey Rublev

Age: 24
Country: Russia
Current World Ranking: 5
Plays: Right-Handed, Two-Handed Backhand

Achievements:

  • Rublev broke into the Top 20 in January 2020, Top 10 in October 2020 and Top 5 this year
  • He helped Russia win 2021 ATP Cup and earned a gold medal in the mixed doubles final at 2020 Tokyo Olympics with Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova
  • Rublev led ATP Tour with 5 titles in 2020, tied for tour-lead with 41 victories in the same year, and won 23 matches and 4 titles in a row at ATP 500 events from 2020-21
  • Rublev defeated countryman and World No. 2 Medvedev in one of the biggest wins of his career as a result he reached 2nd ATP Masters 1000 final at 2021 Cincinnati
  • He advanced to Grand Slam quarterfinals at the 2017 US Open, 2020 US Open, 2020 Roland Garros and 2021 Australian Open
  • He was named ATP’s Most Improved Player of the Year in 2020 after jumping from No. 23 to No. 8 in FedEx ATP Rankings

Fun Facts:

  • His nickname is Rubl
  • He began playing tennis at age 3 and slept with his racquet at times
  • He speaks Russian and English
  • His idols growing up were Marat Safin and Rafael Nadal, whom he met in 2014 at Guillermo Vilas Academy in Mallorca
  • His favourite shot is forehand
  • His hobbies include boxing, basketball and music
  • Favourite NBA player is Stephen Curry of the Golden State Warriors
  • Father, Andrey, is a former boxer; mother, Marina, is a tennis coach; sister, Arina, is also a tennis coach

At the Mubadala World Tennis Championship:

  • Rublev made his Mubadala World Tennis Championship debut in 2017 and second appearance in 2019

 

CASPER RUUD

Age: 22
Country: Norway
World Ranking: 8
Plays: Right-Handed, Two-Handed Backhand

Achievements:

  • Ruud is the first Norwegian to win an ATP title
  • He has a career-high ranking in singles of World No. 8
  • Ruud lifted trophies in Kitzbuhel, Bastad and Gstaad making him the first player to win three titles in three consecutive weeks, the first since Andy Murray in 2011
  • He is the highest-ranked player and first ATP Tour champion from Norway
  • Ruud has reached ATP Masters 1000 semi-finals in 2020 Rome, 2021 Monte Carlo and 2021 Madrid
  • He advanced to Grand Slam 4R for the first time at the 2021 Australian Open
  • Ruud’s first breakthrough on the ATP Tour came in September 2016 where he won his first career ATP Challenger in Seville and became the fifth youngest player to ever win a Challenger title

Fun Facts:

  • Started playing tennis at age four with his dad
  • He turned pro in 2015
  • His home club is Snarøya Tennisclub
  • His father, Christian, is his coach
  • Tennis is in his DNA – his father, Christian Ruud, was in the world’s top 50
  • His idol growing up was Rafael Nadal and Rudd went on to train at Rafa Nadal Academy
  • If he wasn’t a tennis player, Ruud would want to be a pilot
  • He enjoys golfing and watching NHL
  • His favourite hockey team is Tampa Bay Lightning
  • He enjoys eating Thai, Japanese, and Italian cuisines, as well as steak

 

BELINDA BENCIC

Age: 24
Country: Switzerland
World Ranking: 17
Plays: Right-Handed, Two-Handed Backhand

Achievements:

  • The biggest moment of Bencic’s career came at the 2020 Tokyo Olympics, where Bencic won a gold in singles and silver in doubles with partner Viktorija Golubic
  • Bencic is the youngest female tennis player to be ranked the in top 10 in the WTA list in 2016
  • Bencic has won 5 single titles including a gold medal at the 2020 Tokyo Olympics, and two doubles titles on the WTA Tour
  • As a junior, Bencic won the 2013 Roland Garros and Wimbledon girls’ singles titles. Later that same year, she received the honour of the ITF Junior World Champion
  • Bencic turned pro in 2012 and at just 17 years-old, she made it to the quarterfinals of the 2014 US Open
  • Bencic won her first WTA title in Toronto at the 2015 Rogers Cup (Canadian Open)
  • Bencic made her top-10 debut in 2016 at 18 years-old

Fun Facts:

  • She began to hit tennis balls for one hour a day at the age of two with her father
  • She started playing tennis from the age of 4 and began to practice daily with Martina Hingis’ mother, Melanie Molitor
  • She is a big fan of her countryman Roger Federer
  • Both Bencic’s parents are professional athletes. Her father played professional hockey in the Swiss National League A, while her mother was an elite handball player
  • She loves to bake, and her favourite dish is Nutella pizza
  • She absolutely loves dogs, if she could, she’d adopt all the shelter dogs

 

DENIS SHAPOVALOV

Age: 22
Country: Canada
World Ranking: 19
Plays: Left-Handed, Two-Handed Backhand

Achievements:

  • Shapovalov defeated two-time champion Andy Murray and earned 5-set wins over Kohlschreiber and Khachanov en route to his first Grand Slam semi-final at Wimbledon this year
  • He is the second Canadian in history to break into the Top 10
  • Shapovalov was the first Canadian to reach the US Open quarter finalis in 2020
  • He won the first ATP Tour title in the final in Stockholm in 2019 and ended the season with five wins leading Canada to their first Davis Cup final
  • He reached the 2019 Paris final and four other ATP Masters 1000 semi-finals, including Montreal in 2017, where he upset the second-best player in the world, Nadal, and at age 18 became the youngest semi-finalist in the series since 1990
  • He ended his junior career with the 2016 Wimbledon boys’ singles title, then broke into the Top 50 less than 15 months later
  • He was named ATP’s Newcomer of the Year and ATP’s Most Improved Player of the Year in 2017

Fun Facts:

  • His nickname is Shapo
  • He is fluent in English and Russian
  • His mother is a former professional player who has coached him since the age of 5 and runs a tennis academy in Vaughan, Canada
  • His favourite shot is overhead smash
  • His idol growing up was Roger Federer
  • He wants to use his game to “inspire more kids that are going their own way… and show them that it’s possible to do it on your own if you truly believe and work hard.”
  • He is a fan of Toronto Maple Leafs (NHL) and Toronto Raptors (NBA)
  • He travels with his Nintendo Switch and enjoys playing Skyrim and Mario Kart
  • He enjoys rapping, having released a pair of songs in 2020 named “Night Train” and “Drip”
  • If he wasn’t a tennis player, he would want to be an ice hockey player

 

Our female players taking part are US Open Winner Emma Raducanu and Olympic Gold Medallist Belinda Bencic, with the Champions set for an unmissable match on day one of MWTC! Joining them will be 5-time Champion Rafa Nadal, Grand Slam Winner, Dominic Thiem, World No. 5, Andrey Rublev, Wimbledon Semi-Finalist, Denis Shapovalov, and the winner of the most ATP Titles in 2021, Casper Ruud, as well as 3-time Grand Slam Champion and Double Olympic Gold Medalist, Andy Murray!