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Abu Dhabi, UAEThursday 17 January 2019

Roger Federer, Andy Murray and Simona Halep to compete at 2019 Dubai Duty Free Tennis Championships

Strong fields named for both ATP and WTA competitions, with the action running from February 17 until March 2

Roger Federer is to return to the Dubai Duty Free Tennis Championships in a bid to win the ATP title for an eighth time. EPA
Roger Federer is to return to the Dubai Duty Free Tennis Championships in a bid to win the ATP title for an eighth time. EPA

Roger Federer and women's world No 1 Simona Halep are among the first players to be confirmed for the Dubai Duty Free Tennis Championships in February.

Federer, who has already won a record seven ATP Dubai titles, will be part of the men's field that also includes 2017 champion Andy Murray as well as 2014 US Open champion Marin Cilic.

Federer missed last year's tournament, the first time he had not competed since 2010, but the world No 3 will be back at the Dubai Duty Free Tennis Stadium aiming to be victorious for the first time since 2015.

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Halep leads the women's draw, with Elina Svitolina, who has won the WTA title the past two years and will now aim to be the first woman to win the event three times in a row.

Caroline Wozniacki, the world No 3, is also in the competition along with US Open champion Naomi Osaka, three-time major winner Angelique Kerber and double Wimbledon victor Petra Kvitova.

The WTA tournaments runs from February 17-23, with the men's event going on from February 25 to March 2.

Tickets for both competitions are available online from 9am on Thursday. For further information about the tournament, visit www.dubaidutyfreetennischampionships.com.

Updated: January 9, 2019 03:06 PM

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