Five-time Grand Slam champion Maria Sharapova will put her experience to the test against 18-year-old sensation Amanda Anisimova at the 12th edition of the Mubadala World Tennis Championship (MWTC).
The announcement of the female players comes just two days after 19-time Grand Slam ace Rafael Nadal and his 2019 US Open final opponent Daniil Medvedev were confirmed for the six-man line-up.
The Championship, which is set to take place from December 19-21 at the International Tennis Centre at Zayed Sports City in Abu Dhabi, will feature six of the top male players and two leading female players as the world’s top players fight it out to lay their hands on the coveted trophies.
“In just over a decade, the Mubadala World Tennis Championship has earned and cemented its reputation as the people’s favourite event in Abu Dhabi. We strive to make way for the best with every edition and in Maria Sharapova and Amanda Anisimova, spectators will truly see the best of tennis,” said John Lickrish, CEO, Flash Entertainment.
“Confirming four of the biggest names in tennis in a matter of days demonstrates the appeal of this championship amongst the players and its attraction for domestic and international visitors who will get an unmissable experience, a blend of the best tennis action on court and the best entertainment and interactive competitions off court.”
Sharapova, who has won 36 WTA titles since turning professional in 2001, is always a big draw wherever she plays and will prove a popular addition to the Mubadala World Tennis Championship when she lines up for her Abu Dhabi debut in December.
“I’ve been told December is a great time of year to visit and I want everyone to come and join us in having some fun,” said the 32-year-old.
For Anisimova, the Mubadala World Tennis Championship provides another opportunity to continue impressing on her fledging journey in tennis and test herself against the best.
“I will be making my first visit to Abu Dhabi and I want to make sure I’m bringing my A-game to the Mubadala World Tennis Championship and show the spectators what I can do,” said the young American, who is ranked 29th in the world.
With the Mubadala World Tennis Championship brought forward a week from its usual spot on the calendar, the new dates in mid December will enhance the festival feel of the championship for both fans and players.
Tickets start from AED 100 for Adults and are now on sale at www.ticketmaster.ae and Virgin Megastores across the UAE. Three Day and Travel packages are also available at 20% discount.
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