French Open champion Stan Wawrinka and 14-time grand slam winner Rafael Nadal will be among the star players on show at the Mubadala World Tennis Championship and with tickets still available, it’s an event you will not want to miss.
Joining the duo are Canada’s Milos Raonic, Spain’s David Ferrer, Frenchman Jo-Wilfried Tsonga and South Africa’s Kevin Anderson in a strong six-man tournament from December 31 to January 2 at Abu Dhabi’s International Tennis Stadium in Zayed Sports City.
With an exciting field, it promises to serve some thrilling encounters on court during the three days.
Nadal is no stranger to the Abu Dhabi tournament, having won twice in 2010 and 2011 in the capital. The world number five won three titles this year and he will be eager to open the new season on a high with a third triumph in the capital.
— MWTC (@MubadalaTennis) December 8, 2015
With four championships under his belt, world number four Wawrinka will certainly pose a big threat to Nadal’s bid. The Swiss began 2015 on a winning note, clinching the Chennai Open and will be looking for a repeat later this month.
Like his compatriot Nadal, Ferrer is a familiar face at the event and has twice reached the final but the coveted title has evaded him each time.
With a 5-0 record in finals in 2015, the Spaniard, who along with Nadal and Wawrinka reached the ATP World Tour Finals in London, will be hoping his winning streak continues in Abu Dhabi.
Another player fans can look forward to seeing is crowd favourite Tsonga. The 30-year-old qualified for the French Open semis as well as the US Open quarter-finals and the world number 12 secured his 12th ATP title in Metz, before finishing runner-up in the Shanghai Open.
— MWTC (@MubadalaTennis) December 6, 2015
For Raonic and big-hitting Anderson, it will be their first appearances in Abu Dhabi and with 10 titles between them, they will add extra steel to the tournament. All in all, it’s one tournament that promises something for everyone.
Now in its eighth edition, the event has gone from strength to strength.
And with an family-fun activities in the Tennis Village and autograph sessions, it’s one not to be missed.
John Lickrish, CEO of Flash Entertainment, said: “The Mubadala World Tennis Championship has cemented its status as the region’s leading tennis tournament through the consistent showcasing of the best players in a fun-filled environment.
“Nowhere else can fans engage with these living legends as they do in Abu Dhabi and the latest instalment will build on previous successes to bring the most exciting New Year celebrations to date.
“The season-opening event on the global tennis calendar will boast another powerful line-up of top tennis stars that are sure to
excite fans. The ability of the MWTC to attract the best players has become a trademark of the tournament and this year is no different.”
Ticket prices start at Dh100 and can be bought at ticketmaster.ae and at all Virgin Megastores across the UAE.
What: Mubadala World Tennis Championship, Abu Dhabi
When: December 31 to January 2
Where: International Tennis Staidum, Zayed Sports City, Abu Dhabi
Test yourself with a series of fun and challenging obstacles as Talise Fitness hosts their final Sandstorm event of the season in Dubai this Friday.
As teams of three, climb, crawl, run or jump through a series of unique challenges on sand and sea at the Jumeirah Beach Hotel.
More than 50 teams have signed up but there’s still time to join them with registration closing on Thursday midnight.
Now in its fifth edition, the event has gone from strength to strength and it’s easy to see why with the athletes competing against the stunning backdrop of the Burj Al Arab, Madinat Jumeirah and Jumeirah Beach Hotel.
Those events have been hugely popular, attracting hundreds of athletes and Friday looks set to be no different.
“This is our fifth one that we’ve organised since it was launched in November 2014,” said Tim Dorrington, general manager of Talise Fitness at Jumeriah Beach Hotel.
“Obstacle courses have become incredibly popular in Dubai and we saw an opportunity to create something a little bit different to what is currently offered.
"We were never going to compete with the big events like Desert Warriors but we only have the hotel beaches but that in itself are iconic locations.”
He added: “So far we have got around 60 teams which is great news but from previous experience, we do see the number of entries increase during the last few days.”
Whether you’re an experienced athlete or trying out the event for the first time, the 4km Sandstorm course has something for everyone.
Three different categories are on offer – Competitive (begins at 07:00), Intermediate from 07:45 and Casual, which starts forty-five minutes later.
Entries is open to participants aged 16 and above with team fees costing Dh600. It promises a day not to be missed.
Dorrington said: “The great thing about the Sandstorm is while it’s a team event, a lot of the stations is involved around team work. It’s not something you can do something by yourself. You need the support of your team-mates to get you through.
“It’s a great event where you can spend a Friday morning and meet likeminded people.
“Even if you are not the fittest, you can still have fun with various categories on offer.”
He added: “What we want to do is make the most of the iconic facilities that we have available and give participants an experience that is not only challenging but also a lot of fun, and something that can be enjoyed across all fitness levels.”
What: Sandstorm by Talise Fitness
When: Friday, December 11 from 07:00
Where: Jumeirah Beach Hotel, Dubai
Contact: For registration or more information, +97144068800 or e-mail [email protected]. Registration closes on Thursday midnight.
Why not showcase your golf skills and test yourself against some of the top men’s golfers in the UAE in an exciting tournament in Sharjah next weekend?
The National Paints Men’s Open Golf Championship returns to Sharjah Golf and Shooting Club on Friday and Saturday, December 11 and 12, with all to play for.
As part of the qualifying round for the Emirates Golf Federation (EGF) Men’s Gross Order of Merit, the 36-hole tournament has gone from strength to strength and with a field of only 69 players, interested players are being encouraged to sign up ahead of Tuesday’s deadline.
“This is one of the first tournaments that was organised since the Sharjah Golf and Shooting Club was opened,” said Mark Ruddy, golf events manager at Sharjah Golf and Shooting Club.
“It really is one of our flagship events on our calendar and you can say it’s our number one tournament every year.
“The competition is really exciting because we have top amateurs playing, many of who travel from around the UAE to play which is very encouraging.”
The handicap index limit is 20, while a valid handicap certificate must be shown at registration.
Entry fees varies between Dh250 and Dh695 with the competition open to visitors, EGF members, juniors and professionals.
Additionally, for Dh895 – the Preparation Pass, players can get unlimited golf course and academy access until Thursday. And while the main trophy will be up for grabs, there are other prizes including Best Gross and Best Net.
Now in its eighth edition, the competition has been hugely popular and next weekend’s looks set to be no different.
“You will be playing at immaculate conditions and our ground staff have been putting in a lot of hard work over the last few days to ensure it’s in great contrition,” added Ruddy.
“The previous editions have been equally impressive. The amount of great golf we see is exceptional and even newcomers will be thrilled by what they see.
“The tournament is well organised and a lot of players return because it’s such a great event to be part of. It holds a lot of history and it’s prestigious title to win so next weekend should provide a fascinating battle.”
What: Eighth National Paints Men’s Open Golf Championship
When: This Friday and Saturday, December 11 and 12
Where: Sharjah Golf and Shooting Club, Sharjah
Contact: For registration and more information, visit www.golfandshootingshj.com or phone 06 548 7777