Tickets for the Dubai Duty Free Tennis Championships, featuring a line-up of the world’s best players, go on sale on Monday January 19, 2015, organiser Dubai Duty Free has announced.
The event, which takes place from February 15-28, will consist of current world number ones Novak Djokovic and Serena Williams, as well as defending champions Roger Federer and Venus Williams.
Also featuring in the men’s field are previous finalists Andy Murray and Tomas Berdych, while the women’s event will see eight of the top 10 and 17 of the top 20 women in action.
The Williams sisters will face previous title holders Petra Kvitova, Agnieszka Radwanska and Caroline Wozniacki, as well as world number three Simona Halep, and former world number one Ana Ivanovic.
Colm McLoughlin, Executive Vice Chairman of Dubai Duty Free said “Over the years we have seen the tournament grow and the now regular attendance of the very best in the world is testament to the stature and popularity of this event.
“We are again welcoming a stellar line-up of the top men and women so we encourage all tennis fans to come and enjoy some spectacular action. With so many top players entered even the early round matches will be marvelous entertainment” he added.
Tickets for the event can be bought from the Box Office at the Dubai Duty Free Tennis Stadium in Garhoud daily from 09:00-21:00. Grandstand ticket prices range from Dh 75 for opening rounds to Dh 600 for the men’s finals, with season tickets also available.
Grandstand tickets can also be bought online at http://www.timeouttickets.com
Defending champion Stan Wawrinka was pitted in the top half of the draw at the Australian Open with Novak Djokovic and faces a potential semi-final encounter with the world No1.
The Swiss fourth seed upset Djokovic in the quarter-finals on the way to winning his first grand slam title in Melbourne last year.
The Serb top seed is scheduled to face big-serving Canadian Milos Raonic in the quarters, while Wawrinka could meet Japanese fifth seed Kei Nishikori in the last eight.
“It changes everything in your career, for sure,” Wawrinka said on Friday of his life-changing grand slam triumph. “When you win a grand slam you really start to be a part of the history of tennis.
“It changed my life and my tennis. I feel good and happy to be back. I’m playing well and have confidence in my game.
“It’s the first grand slam of the year, everything starts from zero again, and you have to be ready for the two weeks,” he added.
Roger Federer, who is chasing an 18th grand slam victory at the age of 33, is on course to face Andy Murray in the quarter-finals in the bottom half of the draw.
Murray, a three-time Australian Open runner-up, lost to the Swiss great in the 2010 Melbourne Park final.
“When you win a grand slam you really start to be a part of the history of tennis” – Defending champion Stan Wawrinka
Federer, who will face Taipei’s Lu Yen-Hsun in the opening round, is the second seed.
Third seed Rafael Nadal faces a tough first-round opponent in Russian Mikhail Youzhny and could play big-serving Czech Tomas Berdych in the quarters in the bottom half of the draw.
One of the tougher first-round match-ups will see 2009 US Open champion Juan Martin del Potro, who is on the comeback trail from wrist surgery, take on Poland’s Jerzy Janowicz.
Australian warhorse Lleyton Hewitt, playing in his 19th consecutive Australian Open, has drawn Chinese wildcard Zhang Ze in the opening round.
On the women’s side, world No1 Serena Williams faces a potential rematch of her US Open final against Caroline Wozniacki in the quarter-finals.
Williams, who is chasing her 19th grand slam title in Melbourne, beat Wozniacki in straight sets in New York last year.
The American meets Belgian Alison van Uytvanck in the first round, while second seed Maria Sharapova first faces a qualifier in the tournament beginning on Monday.
Fourth seed and freshly-crowned Sydney champion Petra Kvitova is seeded to face Agnieszka Radwanska in the other quarter-final in the top half of the draw.
Sharapova is projected to face rising Canadian Eugenie Bouchard, while third seed Simona Halep could meet Ana Ivanovic in the other last eight clash in the bottom half of the women’s draw.
The most interesting first-round match up will be between unseeded two-time Australian Open champion Victoria Azarenka and American Sloane Stephens, a semi-finalist in Melbourne two years ago.
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