In photos: Mubadala Tennis Day 1

andrewbinner 1/01/2015
Day One of the Mubadala World Tennis Championship kicked-off today with an explosion of colour, sound and entertainment in Abu Dhabi.

Day One of the Mubadala World Tennis Championship kicked-off today with an explosion of colour, sound and entertainment in Abu Dhabi.

On this first day of 2015 tennis fans flocked to the impressive Zayed Sports City in their hundreds to catch a glimpse of their heroes training including Novak Djokovic, Rafael Nadal and Andy Murray.


There was a relaxed mood in the Mubadala Tennis Village, which houses a host of activities to keep fans of all ages stimulated during the day before Murray played Feliciano Lopez in the first of two matches.  Stanislas Wawrinka was drawn against Nicolas Almagro in the evening’s later fixture.

After watching Rafael Nadal practising with his coach at full pace in the midday UAE heat earlier in the day, it was clear that despite the smiles and calm atmostsphere, the players are here to win and want to start their 2015’s with a trophy.

After being asked in a press conference if Nadal would be scaling-down the amount of tournaments he plays in the season due to persisent injuries, the 14-time Slam champion was almost offended.

“I plan on playing every available tournament I possibly can as regular, competitive matches against top-class opposition like today is the only way I can find my best form,” the Spaniard said.

On the subject of playing in the UAE he was equally forthright in his answer , “I am here. It is always good to be here and I always come back as it is a great way to get the season underway with great fans and great opponents.”

A nice touch from Andy Murray saw local tennis prodigy Kareem Allaf chosen to warm-up with the two-time Slam champion.

The teenager looked justifably nervous before the knock-about but soon found his rythem and will hope to one-day, give UAE fans a local champion to cheer at the Mubadala World Tennis Championships.

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Unbeaten in Abu Dhabi: Djokovic will try to retain his Mubadala World Tennis Championship title in Dubai.

Reigning champion Novak Djokovic returns to Abu Dhabi in just a matter of days with plans to secure an unprecedented fourth Mubadala World Tennis Championship title top of his agenda.

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Victory at Zayed Sports City would not only see the  world number one take home the trophy for a fourth consecutive year, it would also set the tone for the 2015 season where the Serbian hopes to add further silverware to his already impressive trophy cabinet.

After securing victory in the previous installment of the Mubadala World Tennis Championship Djokovic suffered an unexpected loss to Stanislas Wawrinka in the Australian Open quarter finals.

It wasn’t long before one of the toughest players on the tour was back in winning form taking his third Indian Wells title quickly followed by the Miami Open. After a brief break in May due to a recurring arm injury, he returned to defeat Rafael Nadal in Rome, winning his 19th ATP World Tour Masters 1000 trophy and winning five of the past seven titles at the 1000 tournament level.

In 2014 Djokovic also won his seventh Grand Slam championship and second Wimbledon crown before ending the season on another incredible high in England, this time at the ATP World Tour Finals.

It was another memorable year for the Serbian and one upon which he is looking to build starting with victory at the Mubadala World Tennis Championship: “The countdown really is on to the start of the new season starting here in Abu Dhabi, we’re just days away so I’m genuinely excited.

“Abu Dhabi has built a reputation for pulling together the most formidable lineups of players. All of the potential opponents are going to test me so I will have to be at my best.

“I’ll start the season with a match against either Stan Wawrinka or Nicolas Almagro so from the moment we’re out there it’s going to be intense competition.

“The fans will be in fine form I’m sure so it’s going to be the perfect start to the new season.”

Six of the world’s best players will compete for the title in Abu Dhabi with Djokovic joined by world number three Rafael Nadal, Australian Open champion Stan Wawrinka, British Number one Andy Murray, world number 14 Feliciano Lopez and the 2012 Finalist Nicolas Almagro.

Between them, this year’s line-up hold 24 Grand Slam titles and all three previous tournament champions will return to the capital in January. 

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