Young players battle for chance to meet stars at MWTC

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Winners in the boys 14 and under and the girls 16 and under categories were determined, with groups still to battle it out next week for their chance to meet the stars.

The Mubadala Community Cup sees 320 aspiring tennis players aged eight and over compete each year for exclusive spots at player tennis clinics with the stars of the annual Mubadala World Tennis Championship. This year’s winners will receive invites to the exclusive player coaching clinics with players from a stellar line-up which includes World No1 Andy Murray, 14-time Grand Slam champion Rafael Nadal, World No3 Milos Raonic, David Goffin, Jo-Wilfried Tsonga and Tomas Berdych.

Nine age-group champions, finalists and raffle draw winners secured their spots on the court with Mubadala World Tennis Championship players.

Aman Anwar, boys 14 and under category champion, said: “My brot-her and I have played in this competition for the past few years. I’ve been the runner-up twice before, so this is the first time I’ve won.

“I’m excited to play on court with one of the tournament’s players. If I could choose, it would be Nadal 500 per cent.”

Runner-up of the 14s and under boys, William Goddard, added: “This is my fourth time in the Mubadala Community Cup and I also won the Skills Challenge at the Mubadala Community Cup last year.

“I’ve been to watch the event a few times – I met Tsonga once and he was really fun to play with. I’ll definitely be there this year.”

The winner, runner up and a raffle winner from each age group advance to the star player clinics and winners are also awarded tickets to day two of the Mubadala World Tennis Championship, which takes place 29-31 December at International Tennis Centre, Zayed Sports City.

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Murray, who won the first Mubadala World Tennis Championship in 2009, returns in 2016 as world no. 1 for the first time having fended off Novak Djokovic to win the ATP Tour Finals and finish the year on top of the rankings.

The Brit will be joined by Mubadala stalwart and reigning champion Rafa Nadal, as well as David Goffin, Thomas Berdych, Milos Raonic and Jo-Wilfried Tsonga.









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Andy Murray will return to Abu Dhabi for a fifth time.

Murray, who beat the Serbian Novak Djokovic in straight sets to clinch the ATP World Tour title, has received a bye to the semi-finals of the Mubadala World Tennis Championship which takes place December 29 – 31 2016 at the International Tennis Centre, Zayed Sports City.

Murray will face the winner of the tournament’s opening match between Frenchman Jo-Wilfried Tsonga and Belgian David Goffin when he makes his first appearance on-court at the ninth MWTC.

The Scot will return to Abu Dhabi for a fifth time and he says now is the time for rest before turning his attention to Abu Dhabi.

“I’m now taking some time to rest before shifting focus to the next season, which for me starts in Abu Dhabi,” said Murray. “I’ve played Tsonga and Goffin a couple of times this season and I know that a final for me in Abu Dhabi certainly isn’t a given.

“I’ll be watching their day one match closely to see what game they’ve brought to the tournament as players tend to try new things there.

“It’s a chance to experiment and put what you’ve been working on in the off-season to the test against some great players, which is what makes it such an exciting tournament.”

Murray was also quick to thank UAE fans for their support, one reason for his return to Abu Dhabi.

“I receive a lot of comments from fans on social media asking me to come back to Abu Dhabi each year. Tennis fans in the UAE are always so supportive when I play, and they have a real passion for the sport,” he said.

“One of the things I know that all the players enjoy about the tournament is being able to meet fans and spend time with promising young players away from the action on centre court as well.”

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