World No10 Gael Monfils has been confirmed to play in this year’s Mubadala World Tennis Championship (MWTC), to take place in Abu Dhabi between December 19-21.
The 33-year-old marks his return to Abu Dhabi after eight years, having last played in the UAE capital in December 2011.
Monfils’ arrival sees him join MWTC’s 2019 field brimming with class, one that includes World No1 Rafael Nadal, No2 Novak Djokovic, No5 Daniil Medvedev; and No6 and 2019 ATP Tour Final winner Stefanos Tsitsipas.
With Djokovic’s entry, it is advantage spectators as they are now guaranteed to see five of the top 10 men’s players in the world live in action along with a powerhouse clash in the women’s match which pits five-time Grand Slam champion Maria Sharapova against young sensation Amanda Anisimova.
Monfils has enjoyed an impressive campaign, clinching the title at the ABN AMRO World Tennis Tournament in Rotterdam, where he defeated Medvedev, before making the quarter-finals at the US Open in August.
Armed with a strong and highly accurate serve, the Frenchman has earned a reputation for performances that are high on athleticism and consistency.
With eight career titles to his name on the ATP circuit, Monfils has also reached the semi-finals of the French and the US Open.
“Bringing the World’s best tennis players to Abu Dhabi is something that we take seriously at the Mubadala World Tennis Championship. Gael Monfils’ confirmation is proof of our desire to bring the global tennis elite to the UAE’s capital and treat spectators to the unique opportunity of watching five of the ten best males players in the World in a unique festival atmosphere that is fast-becoming a signature of this special Championship,” said John Lickrish, CEO Flash Entertainment.
Monfils said that he was eager to return to Abu Dhabi and compete at a tournament that he has seen grow from strength to strength in a short period of time.
“Having played in Abu Dhabi before, I know the special atmosphere of this Championship and I am really excited to be coming back. I am looking forward to going up against a strong field and I believe that it will be the perfect way to begin an important season,” he said.
In addition to securing the stars of the sport, the Championship organisers have served up a strategic calendar switch with the new dates of 19-21 December allowing domestic and international visitors to capitalise on the festive season while catching the best of world tennis under Abu Dhabi’s famed winter sun.
Spectators can expect yet another exciting edition to the championship this December. Aside from the best live tennis action on court, ticket holders can make the most of excellent food and beverage offerings in the Tennis Village, tennis clinics, Q&A sessions with the players and a host of tennis-themed activities and competitions offering great prizes. Demonstrating the Championship’s appeal as a fun family day out, Day 1 is also Kids’ Day, with children 12 and under going FREE!
Tickets start from AED 100 for Adults and are now on sale at www.ticketmaster.ae or by calling 800 86 823 from within the UAE or +971 4 366 2289 from outside the country, and at all Virgin Megastores across the UAE. 3 Day Packages are also available with savings of 20%.
Premier Hospitality Packages are also available, offering fans a premium F&B menu, courtside seating, exclusive Q&A sessions with a star player and much more. More details are available on www.mubadalawtc.com.
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