Kids' Day to kick-off MWTC

The final touches are being added to the Tennis Village ahead of the Mubadala World Tennis Championship, which takes place between December 29-31 at the International Tennis Centre, Zayed Sports City, Abu Dhabi.

Sport360 staff
by Sport360 staff
26th December 2016

article:26th December 2016

Don't miss your chance to see the stars in Abu Dhabi.
Don't miss your chance to see the stars in Abu Dhabi.

Serving as the perfect family-friendly playground for the unmissable season-opening tournament, the adjoining Tennis Village will play host to a series of activities including meet and greet opportunities with the tennis stars of the world-class championship.

Fans are vying for their chance to get up close to the stars in what is undoubtedly one of the strongest player headlines to date.

World No.1 Andy Murray, 14-time Grand Slam Champion Rafael Nadal, World No. 3 Milos Raonic, Czech giant Tomas Berdych, tournament newcomer David Goffin and fun Frenchman Jo-Wilfried Tsonga will meet and play with fans, before ensuring sizzling scenes on center court every day.

Returning to the UAE’s capital for its ninth year, the Mubadala World Tennis Championship continues to boost interest in the local community and encourages kids to try their hand at the game of tennis.

Ensuring youngsters have all of the inspiration they need, key players Andy Murray and Milos Raonic will be answering questions in a special Kid’s Day Q+A hosted by tennis veteran Pat Cash from 1pm on 29th December.

Later that day fans will be treated to an autograph session with tennis superstars Murray and Raonic taking place at 3:30pm.

Also set to add to the eventful Kid’s Day atmosphere with his entertaining personality and impressive trick shots is Al Ain midfielder and AFC Asian Footballer of The Year, Omar Abdulrahman.

Lucky bystanders could get the opportunity to see both football and tennis champions in action, after Abdulrahman challenged reigning MWTC champion Rafael Nadal to a game earlier this week.  

If that wasn’t enough, Judy Murray, mother and former tennis coach of World No. 1 Andy, will be running a parent and child tennis clinic on the 29th December too.

Being the mother of both the men’s singles and doubles World No.1s (Andy and Jamie), she will be offering tips to young children and their parents from 3-4pm on day one within the village.

Building on the buzz of the Tennis Village, fans can expect exciting installations from key tournament sponsors, including The Galleria on Al Maryah Island and Mercedes Benz who will boost the interactivity with their engaging pop-up displays.

Giving the Mubadala Tennis Village a fashionable spin, The Galleria on Al Maryah Island will host a DIY craft activity on Kid’s Day, while Mercedes-Benz will offer owners exclusive on-site parking via a dedicated VIP car park and on-site displays.

Children celebrating Kids Day last year

Children celebrating Kids Day last year

Fans are sure to keep their appetites satiated with fabulous food trucks that will provide a variation of cuisines to try throughout the three-day tournament featuring culinary treats from La Plucker, So Cal, Baozi, Burger Itch, The Shebi, Snog and Ice Cream Lounge.

Jumbo screens located around the village will ensure not a moment of excitement will be missed during mealtimes.

Ensuring that tennis goers not only feel but also look the part, the village will host the new MWTC merchandise range available to purchase on site.

Featuring cheeky slogans such as “Yalla Tennis”, the tennis polo shirts, t-shirts and caps for men, women and children can be accessed from the official merchandise stand from 12pm-9pm daily.  

The three-day tournament boasts a thrilling line up of elite talent and an exciting balance of off court enjoyment, which appeals to entertainment fans of all ages.

With the Grand Final taking place at 3pm on Day Three, tennis fans can experience the best of both worlds thanks to Flash Entertainment.

Each day, one lucky tennis fan will be picked at random* to win a pair of golden circle tickets to see Coldplay on New Year’s Eve after the Mubadala World Tennis Championship Final.

These winners will also be entered into a draw to meet and greet the band in Abu Dhabi too, for a New Year’s Eve in ‘Paradise’.

Tickets to the 2016 Mubadala World Tennis Championship start from AED 50. Exclusive premier hospitality packages are also available including food and limited beverages, star player meet and greets and courtside seating starting from AED 1,400. Tickets are available from and Virgin Megastores.

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