Tsonga to host Kids Day in Abu Dhabi

Simon Collings 17:58 16/12/2013
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Words of wisdom: Young fans will be able to quiz Tsonga at the Abu Dhabi tournament.

Jo-Wilfried Tsonga is to take part in a Kids Question Time as part of the opening day of the Mubadala World Tennis Championship in Abu Dhabi.

The world No10 will be providing young fans with the opportunity to meet him and ask questions on December 26 as part of the tournament's Kids Day.

Speaking abut the Mubadala Championship, the Frenchman admitted that the organiser's commitment to off-field activities made it a unique event. 

“I’ve played in Abu Dhabi twice now and one of the things I enjoy the most about the tournament is the time we get to spend off the court too; interacting and hitting balls with youngsters is not something we have time to do in every city we visit.

"The tournament does a great job in inspiring young people to take up tennis and live an active lifestyle, and I’m looking forward to being a part of that during Kids Day this year.”

After a grilling from Abu Dhabi's young fans Tsonga will take to centre court for the second match of the tournament, where he faces world No4 Andy Murray.

The Frenchman is under no illusions that he faces a difficult encounter, indeed he has only beaten the current Wimbledon Champion once before.

However, with both players suffering injuries towards the end of the 2013 season, Tsonga believes it is all to play for.

“My pre-season training has been going well and I’ll be spending some time in the UAE before the tournament which will give me a chance to acclimatize to the warm weather.

"Murray will certainly be a tough opponent but I’m looking forward to playing some competitive tennis again and can’t wait to get in front of the Abu Dhabi crowds."

Tsonga's question time is part of an action packed day for children visiting the Abu Dhabi tournament's Tennis Village, with nine activity stations on offer to visitors.

Youngsters who visit all nine stations will be in with a chance to win fantastic prizes; including signed merchandise from their tennis heroes, a stay at Yas Viceroy Abu Dhabi and tickets to Ferrari World and Yas Waterworld.

Older fans will also be able to enjoy the build-up to the action as Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic make an appearance at the autograph session in the Tennis Village.

The top two in the world are part of the tournament's strongest line-up, which sees six of the game's top ten players compete for the title in Abu Dhabi.

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