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.