Andy Murray to play doubles in Dubai

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Murray will take to the doubles court.

The Scottish star will join Australian Open men’s doubles champions Henri Kontinen and John Peers in the competitive field, while of course the world’s top-ranked player will also compete in singles action.

Murray will partner Nenad Zimonjic in the UAE and then potentially take on the likes of Roger Federer and Stan Wawrinka in singles.

Finland’s Kontinen and Australian partner Peers delighted the Melbourne spectators when they defeated Bob and Mike Bryan, winning the Australian Open while surrendering just one set along the way.

It was the pair’s maiden Grand Slam title, and came only weeks after they also won the Paris ATP World Tour Masters 1000 event and the 2016 season climax ATP World Finals in London.

With a combined 26 doubles titles between them and having claimed the three biggest titles on offer in recent weeks, Kontinen and Peers will clearly start as favourites to add Dubai to their rapidly growing list of tournament triumphs.

Murray has concentrated all his efforts on becoming the number one singles player in the world, and in 2016 he ventured onto the doubles court at an ATP World Tour event only twice, at Indian Wells and Monte Carlo.

His only effort this season came in Doha, where he fell in the first round to David Marrero and Nenad Zimonjic, and it was perhaps there that Murray decided he would like to partner the Serbian in Dubai.

With 54 doubles titles to date, including two Wimbledons and a French Open and a title already this year in Sofia, an Australian Open final appearance and three runs to the quarterfinals of the US Open, Zimonjic is greatly in demand as a partner. He also has a fantastic record in Dubai, winning the title with Fabrice Santoro as long ago as 2007 and finishing as runner up on no less than four occasions including three years in a row from 2013 to 2015.

Tickets for every day of the event including the finals are still available from the Box Office at the Dubai Tennis Stadium, Garhoud which opens from 9am to 9pm daily. Tickets are also available online through http://www.dubaidutyfreetennischampionships.com/en/tickets. For further information about tickets, prices and the tournament visit www.dubaidutyfreetennischampionships.com.

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Where to buy tickets for Dubai Duty Free Championships

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With the action in the Dubai Duty Free Tennis Championships getting underway in just two weeks, organisers announced on Sunday the release of more tickets online, including finals tickets.

With the world’s best players in action on court, the Dubai Duty Free Tennis Stadium in Garhoud will be the place to be from 19 February – 4 March as the event celebrates its 25th anniversary.

Tickets are available for every day of the tournament including women’s and men’s finals from the box office and now online.

The action will commence on 19 February with the WTA Premier 5 event, followed on 27 February with the ATP 500 tournament.

Tickets are also available online through http://www.dubaidutyfreetennischampionships.com/en/tickets.

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WATCH: Federer's message to Dubai fans

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Roger Federer's stunning victory in the final of the Australian Open has established him as a leading contender to claim the Dubai Duty Free Tennis Championships trophy for an incredible eighth time when play commences in just a few weeks’ time.

The Swiss superstar returned from a seven-month injury break in spectacular style to climax a fortnight that included five-set triumphs over Kei Nishikori and 2016 Dubai winner Stan Wawrinka, as well as a straight-sets defeat of two-time Dubai finalist Tomas Berdych.

He then claimed victory over Rafael Nadal in a pulsating five-set final that kept everyone on the edge of their seats right up until the last ball as he fought back from a break down to clinch his 18th Grand Slam title.

The match proved beyond any doubt that Federer can still compete both physically and mentally at the very highest level against any opponent.
“It’s a beautiful moment in my career,” Federer said after the Australian Open final. “This one means a lot to me because he’s caused me a lot of problems over so many years. I couldn’t be happier. I did believe that I had the game and the mental and physical capabilities to do it again. I knew it wouldn’t be easy but I never lost belief.”



Federer can now look forward to competing again at one of his favourite venues, where he has captured an incredible seven titles in 12 attempts. He walked away as the champion on his last two visits, beating Tomas Berdych in 2014 and Novak Djokovic a year later before injury prevented him from competing in 2016.

"It's always been an important tournament because usually when I've played well in Dubai, I've played well the rest of the year," he said. "I really do feel I have great crowd support. They really get excited. The Mexican wave is a treat, to be a part of that, standing ovation at the end of the matches, all those kind of things. I really do appreciate that, to see sell-out crowds in the first few days of the tournament."

"I think it's a very enthusiastic crowd, polite crowd, and it’s a dream playing in an atmosphere like that. It's always nice seeing the fans coming to the stadium and having a great time. That's what it's about, you know.”

Federer will face a formidable challenge as he seeks to extend his winning streak in Dubai, with defending champion Stan Wawrinka keen to gain revenge for his Melbourne defeat and world number one Andy Murray anxious to return to winning ways after his disappointing fourth round loss at the Australian Open.

 

The Dubai Duty Free Tennis Championships takes place between 19 February and 4 March.

For tickets and further information, log onto - www.dubaidutyfreetennischampionships.com.


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