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Dubai Duty Free Tennis Championships 2020: How to watch the action as Sofia Kenin looks to build on her Australian Open glory

Six days of top women's tennis in Dubai: all you need to know about how to get tickets, the venue, the draw

Australian Open champion Sofia Kenin is due to take on Elena Rybakina in the Dubai Duty Free Tennis Championships on Tuesday. EPA
Australian Open champion Sofia Kenin is due to take on Elena Rybakina in the Dubai Duty Free Tennis Championships on Tuesday. EPA

The Dubai Duty Free Tennis Championships takes place this week and next, with the women’s event kicking things off. Here are the details.

What is it?

The Women’s Dubai Duty Free Tennis Championships, a Premier Event on the WTA. The tournament was first played in 2001 and so this year celebrates its 20th anniversary.

When is it?

The main draw runs from Monday February 17 to Saturday February 22, with the semi-finals taking place on Friday before the showpiece the following day.

How much prize money?

The players will be competing for a prize fund of $2,643,670 (Dh9.7m).

Where is it?

The Dubai Duty Free Tennis Stadium, formerly The Aviation Club, in Garhoud. The venue has hosted the Championships since its inauguration in 1993.

Who is playing?

This year’s tournament is stacked with talent, with six of the world’s top 10 players starting the tournament, including recent Australian Open champion Sofia Kenin, who is due to take on Elena Rybakina late on Tuesday.

On centre Court, Elina Svitolina, aiming for her third Dubai title, opens her campaign against the American Jennifer Brady, while Belinda Bencic, last year's champion, faces Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova.

Two-time Grand Slam champion Simona Halep is back as No 1 seed and, after receiving a first-round bye, takes on Ons Jabeur on Wednesday. The Tunisian wildcard defeated American Alison Riske in her opening match.

Last month’s Australian Open runner-up, Garbine Muguruza, ended the hopes of Kim Clijsters in her return to action on Monday, seven-and-a-half years after the Belgian retired.

How to get tickets?

Tickets for both weeks are always in huge demand. For the women’s tournament, with prices starting at Dh55, go to https://dubaidutyfreetennischampionships.com/tickets/available-tickets/.

How to watch?

The tournament will be broadcast live on Dubai Sports TV.

Updated: February 18, 2020 02:06 PM

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