Djokovic aims to make winning return in Abu Dhabi

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Hungry to return to the court: Djokovic.

Novak Djokovic is aiming to mark his comeback with a win at the 10th edition of the Mubadala World Tennis Championship.

It will be the Serbian superstar’s fifth visit to Abu Dhabi having previously won the tournament on three occasions.

Tennis fans will get to see Djokovic in action on day two when he plays the winner of the match between Dominic Thiem and Milos Raonic.

The 30-year-old 12-time major winner has expressed how keen he is to return to action, having been sidelined since late July.

“It is always an honour to play in Abu Dhabi and I can’t wait to get back on court again. This tournament will offer me the perfect opportunity to start my preparation for the Australian Open,” the former world number one said.

Djokovic hasn’t played tennis since July.

Djokovic will be hoping to kick-off the new season and his comeback with a win in what is another competitive Mubadala field, also including Rafa Nadal, Stan Wawrinka and Pablo Carreno Busta.

The tournament will run from December 28 to 30 at the International Tennis Center at Zayed Sports City in Abu Dhabi.

As always, in the unique ‘winner takes all’ format of the MWTC, the victor will claim $250,000 in prize money.

Tickets to the Championship are currently on sale for the general public at www.ticketmaster.ae and all Virgin Megastores across the UAE. For more information, visit www.mubadalawtc.com.

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Mubadala Community Cup winners claim clinic spots with Rafael Nadal, Novak Djokovic and Co.

The Mubadala Community Cup closed with two exciting finals.

The 10th edition of the Mubadala Community Cup (MCC) came to a close with exciting finals in Abu Dhabi and Dubai last weekend, with winners of the 10-and-under and adults mixed doubles categories claiming exclusive spots in the star player clinics at this month’s Mubadala World Tennis Championship (MWTC).

Designed to showcase the best amateur players in the region, the MCC showcased some great talent and thrilling competition across both divisions, with champions getting a dream opportunity of sharing a court with the likes of Rafael Nadal, Novak Djokovic, Stan Wawrinka, Dominic Thiem, Milos Raonic and Pablo Carreno Busta, who will all be in Abu Dhabi from December 28-30 for the MWTC at Zayed Sports City.

Anurag Reddy, who won the 14-and-under boys’ category, is already showing great potential in the sport after going through the Mubadala Tennis in Schools programme and winning the MCC in previous years.

This year’s MWTC, the 10th edition of the championship, features a stellar line-up and will witness the return of Djokovic and Wawrinka from their lengthy injury breaks. They will be making their first appearance since Wimbledon last July.

For more information visit: www.mubadalawtc.com.

Full MCC winners’ list
14-and-Under Boys – Dubai Anurag Reddy
14-and-Under Girls – Dubai Coumba Niangadou
10-and-Under – Abu Dhabi Tudor Zecheru
10-and-Under – Dubai Rayan Koothrat
Men’s Singles – Abu Dhabi Santiago Alarcon
Men’s Singles – Dubai William Blake Lombard
14-and-Under Girls – Abu Dhabi Anna Lajos
14-and-Under Boys – Abu Dhabi Igor Uzelac
12-and-Under Boys – Dubai Aryan Nanda
Adult Mixed Doubles – Abu Dhabi Billie Lapating
Adult Mixed Doubles – Abu Dhabi Jellovel Lapating
Adult Mixed Doubles – Dubai Yigit Binici
Adult Mixed Doubles – Dubai Rai Sengupta

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Mubadala Tennis in Schools takes final swing to close 2016-17 season championship

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It was all smiles for Mohammed Seri who stood top of the class to win the Mubadala Tennis in Schools tournament at Zayed Sports City.

The youngster defeated Hasan Taleb 2-1 in the best-of-three sets to emerge champion on the centre court in Abu Dhabi on Tuesday evening. Both received 10 complimentary coaching lessons in their bid of developing as a player.

They were among the 15 Emirati boys and girls, aged between 7 and 10, to compete and brought an end to the championship which attracted 600 students from 10 local schools.

The competition was created to ensure a legacy for the sporting youth of the UAE with the programme integrated into the physical education curriculum of selected local schools, delivering even more excitement and expert training to young students across Abu Dhabi.

For Mohammad Obaid Al Muheiri, who played on Tuesday, he feels he has improved a lot as a tennis player. He said: “Mubadala Tennis in Schools has really helped realise my potential as a junior tennis player.

“It’s really encouraged me to keep training to improve my skills and I’m much more confident on the court.”

John Lickrish, CEO of Flash Entertainment, added: “We are delighted to give our support to this meaningful community programme which educates and inspires UAE youth to pick up a tennis racquet, learn new skills and have fun with their peers whilst building excitement for December’s Mubadala World Tennis Championship. Our aim is to continue to build on the long-term legacy of the championship through grassroots tennis events across the region.”

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