Nadal delighted to be back at Mubadala

David Cooper 18/12/2013
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Welcome back: Nadal returns to Mubadala 12 months after missing out with injury.

World number one Rafael Nadal has stressed how important the Mubadala World Tennis Championship is to his preparation for the new season as he looks to build on a remarkable 2013.

Nadal was part of the original line-up for last year’s event in Abu Dhabi only to withdraw due to injury. However, the superstar Spaniard will be back in the UAE capital next week where he will kick-start his season alongside a host of top players, including rival and world No2 Novak Djokovic.

Nadal’s arrival in Abu Dhabi will be against a starkly different back-drop to 12 months ago. Then, he had endured an injury-plagued 2012 and doubts were raised regarding his long-term tennis future, but this year proved to be a quite spectacular season for the 27-year-old.

After fighting back from his time on the sidelines, Nadal claimed 10 titles from 14 finals, including a landmark eighth French Open, a second US Open which took his career majors tally to 13, and a record 26th Masters.

He ended the season with 75 wins against just seven losses and another $14.5 million banked to take his career earnings past the $60 million mark. Inevitably, this remarkable run of form saw Nadal reclaim the world No1 ranking spot for the first time since June 2011.

“The Mubadala World Tennis Championship has been a very important part of my season preparations since the very first tournament back in January 2009 and I was very disappointed to have missed out on coming last year,” Nadal said.

“If you had told me this time one year ago that I would be coming back to Abu Dhabi as world number one, French and US Open Champion I would not have believed it.

“But right now I’m just focusing on the future and looking forward to kicking off the 2014 season in Abu Dhabi.”

A stalwart of the tournament, Nadal is the only player to have confirmed his attendance in the capital each of the six years of its history and boasts two Mubadala World Tennis Championship titles.

Vying for their chance to battle it out against the best player in the world will be world number three, David Ferrer, and Swiss star Stanislas Wawrinka who face off on December 26.

Should Nadal progress to the final, fans could be treated to the ultimate tennis showdown should Djokovic also make it through his half of the draw.

The top duo have enjoyed a fierce rivalry this season which sees their head-to-head record set at three apiece. It will be all to play for in the potential final with each star looking to take home his third Mubadala World Tennis Championship crown.

“Every time I play, I give 100 percent to try and win and it will be no different in Abu Dhabi,” Nadal added. “I’m certainly hoping it will be third time lucky for me there and I hope all the fans will get behind me like they have done before.”

This year will see all three of the tournament’s previous champions battling for glory with reigning champion Djokovic, Nadal and inaugural victor Andy Murray all in action across the weekend.

The addition of a fifth/sixth place play off to the tournament schedule for 2013 means that for the first time ever in the tournament’s history, all six of the stellar line-up will play on the same day, December 27th.

The annual Mubadala World Tennis Championship takes place from 26th to 28th December 2013 at the Abu Dhabi International Tennis Complex, Zayed Sports City.

For fans that don’t want to miss out on the tournament’s strongest line-up yet, tickets are on sale from www.ticketmaster.ae and in selected Virgin Megastores, or call 800 TM UAE (800 86 823) with prices starting from AED 50 for children and AED 100 for adults.

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Fit-again Murray ready for Mubadala

David Cooper 17/12/2013
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On track: Murray will be fit and ready to compete in Abu Dhabi this month.

Wimbledon champion Andy Murray has confirmed he will be fit and ready to take his place at the Mubadala World Tennis Championship in Abu Dhabi following his injury lay-off.

The world No4 and two-time Grand Slam champion played his last competitive match in September – a Davis Cup tie for Great Britain.

Murray’s return to court from a back injury will be in the UAE capital later this month when he takes on world No10 Jo-Wilfried Tsonga on Day One of the Mubadala Championship.

The 26-year-old has endured an intense programme of training and rehabilitation in Miami, Florida in a bid to be fit for the start of the new season. Murray’s dedication to his regime resulted in him being absent from collecting his BBC Sports Personality of the Year award on Sunday.

Murray will remain in the US before flying to Abu Dhabi where he will be joined by some of the best tennis players on the planet, including world No1 Rafael Nadal, world No2 Novak Djokovic, and world No3 David Ferrer. Top ten players Stanislas Wawrinka and Jo-Wilfried Tsonga make up the six-man event.

“I’ve been training and having rehab every day and will continue to do so right up until just before Christmas when I fly to Abu Dhabi,” Murray said. “Getting back to playing competitively is the next step in my preparations for the new season, which starts for me at the Mubadala World Tennis Championship.

“Coming back from injury is never easy and the line-up this year is so strong but it’s exactly the test I need to see where my game is at.

“I’m looking forward to being part of what is always a great tournament.”

Prior to his injury, 2013 was an historic season for Murray who became the first British male to win the singles event at Wimbledon since Fred Perry in 1936. The 26-year-old also finished runner-up in his third Australian Open final, won his 27th career trophy and enjoyed a spell in the world number two spot.

This year will see all three of the tournament’s previous champions battling for glory with current and two-time champion Djokovic, two-time winner Nadal and inaugural victor Murray all in action across the weekend.

The addition of a fifth/sixth place play off to the tournament schedule for 2013 means that for the first time ever in the tournament’s history, all six of the stellar line-up will play on the same day, December 27th.

The unique combination of a ‘winner takes all’ prize of $250,000, the world’s best players and a championship format that takes fans on day one immediately to the equivalent of a Grand Slam quarter final is sure to bring added spice to the event.

The annual Mubadala World Tennis Championship takes place from 26th to 28th December 2013 at the Abu Dhabi International Tennis Complex, Zayed Sports City.

For fans that don’t want to miss out on the tournament, tickets are on sale from www.ticketmaster.ae and in selected Virgin Megastores, or call 800 TM UAE (800 86 823) with prices starting from AED 50 for children and AED 100 for adults.

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Tsonga to host Kids Day in Abu Dhabi

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Words of wisdom: Young fans will be able to quiz Tsonga at the Abu Dhabi tournament.

Jo-Wilfried Tsonga is to take part in a Kids Question Time as part of the opening day of the Mubadala World Tennis Championship in Abu Dhabi.

The world No10 will be providing young fans with the opportunity to meet him and ask questions on December 26 as part of the tournament's Kids Day.

Speaking abut the Mubadala Championship, the Frenchman admitted that the organiser's commitment to off-field activities made it a unique event. 

“I’ve played in Abu Dhabi twice now and one of the things I enjoy the most about the tournament is the time we get to spend off the court too; interacting and hitting balls with youngsters is not something we have time to do in every city we visit.

"The tournament does a great job in inspiring young people to take up tennis and live an active lifestyle, and I’m looking forward to being a part of that during Kids Day this year.”

After a grilling from Abu Dhabi's young fans Tsonga will take to centre court for the second match of the tournament, where he faces world No4 Andy Murray.

The Frenchman is under no illusions that he faces a difficult encounter, indeed he has only beaten the current Wimbledon Champion once before.

However, with both players suffering injuries towards the end of the 2013 season, Tsonga believes it is all to play for.

“My pre-season training has been going well and I’ll be spending some time in the UAE before the tournament which will give me a chance to acclimatize to the warm weather.

"Murray will certainly be a tough opponent but I’m looking forward to playing some competitive tennis again and can’t wait to get in front of the Abu Dhabi crowds."

Tsonga's question time is part of an action packed day for children visiting the Abu Dhabi tournament's Tennis Village, with nine activity stations on offer to visitors.

Youngsters who visit all nine stations will be in with a chance to win fantastic prizes; including signed merchandise from their tennis heroes, a stay at Yas Viceroy Abu Dhabi and tickets to Ferrari World and Yas Waterworld.

Older fans will also be able to enjoy the build-up to the action as Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic make an appearance at the autograph session in the Tennis Village.

The top two in the world are part of the tournament's strongest line-up, which sees six of the game's top ten players compete for the title in Abu Dhabi.

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