Defending champions Caroline Wozniacki and Novak Djokovic are set to return to the Dubai Duty Free Tennis Championships next month, heading the best ever field of players assembled for the premier tennis event of the Middle East. The Dubai tournament has established itself as a favourite among players on the circuit, ensuring a stellar line up each year. This year being no exception with the best of the best coming back to enjoy the Dubai experience.
Wozniacki has held the number one ranking since returning to the top spot following her 2011 Dubai title victory over Svetlana Kuznetsova, going on to win further titles at Indian Wells, Charleston, Brussels on home ground in Copenhagen and in New Haven where she claimed the trophy for the fourth consecutive year. She also reached the final in Doha and Stuttgart and spent all but one week of the year as the number one ranked player in the world. In all, she won an impressive 63 matches and all the while charmed everyone with her sunshine smile.
Currently in the running for her first Grand Slam at the Australian Open having made her way to the fourth round, Wozniacki is keen to secure her first slam and retain her number one position.
If she manages to take her first Australian title she will have plenty more to smile about as she prepares to return to one of her favourite tournaments. She loves Dubai so much she even took a holiday here following the most successful season of her career. “I really love Dubai as a city and the tournament is so well run. They take such good care of us and it just makes playing there a much better experience”.
Joining Wozniacki in Dubai is men’s defending champion Novak Djokovic. Djokovic, currently fighting to retain his Australian Open title and number one position, was victorious in Dubai in 2009, 2010 as well as in 2011, and will be back to try and match Federer’s 4 titles. But even the Swiss Maestro was unable to achieve that in consecutive years, a feat that Djokovic will be keen to achieve.
It is a challenge he is looking forward to. “Dubai is always a great tournament” he said. “A lot of the players have the same opinion as me. We feel very comfortable in this tournament, the site is great, the weather is fantastic and the organisers make us feel really good”. “I really look forward to going there” he added.
The best two players in the world will join a line up that includes French open winner Li Na, Wimbledon champion Petra Kvitova and US Open victor Samantha Stosur, as well as former world number ones Jelena Jankovic and Ana Ivanovic and recent Sydney International winner Victoria Azarenko.
Djokovic will also face as trong field that features Roger Federer, Any Murray, Jo-Wilfried Tsonga, Tomas Berdych and Mardy Fish.
“Both Caroline Wozniacki and Novak Djokovic produced stunning tennis last year and were deserving winners of their titles” said Colm McLoughlin, Executive Vice Chairman of tournament owners and organisers Dubai Duty Free. “ We are delighted to welcome back two such tremendous champions and look forward to seeing if they can repeat their success”, he added.
The Dubai Duty Free Tennis Championshipsis held under the patronage of HH Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice-President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Reuler of Dubai. Play begins on 20 February with the WTA Tour event , and continues with the ATP tournament running from 27 February to 3 March.
Tickets for the event are available from the Box Office at the Dubai Tennis Stadium, Garhoud which opens from 9am to 9pm daily. Grandstand tickets can also be bought online at http://www.timeouttickets.com/. For further information about tickets, prices and tournaments visit http://www.dubaidutyfreetennischampionships.com/ or phone the call centre on +971 4 358 9797.