x Abu Dhabi, UAETuesday 25 July 2017

Wimbledon champion Andy Murray confirms Abu Dhabi return

The world No 2 will be back in UAE capital to play in Mubadala World Tennis Championship which he won in 2008/09, writes Ahmed Rizvi.

Andy Murray, who triumphed at Wimbledon on Sunday, is the first winner of the Mubadala World Tennis Championship. Kirsty Wigglesworth / AP Photo
Andy Murray, who triumphed at Wimbledon on Sunday, is the first winner of the Mubadala World Tennis Championship. Kirsty Wigglesworth / AP Photo

Less than 24 hours after becoming Wimbledon champion, Andy Murray confirmed he is to return to Abu Dhabi again in December to take part in the Mubadala World Tennis Championship.

It will be his third time at the event, and his profile will be even higher in the UAE playing as the first British male to win the Wimbledon singles title since Fred Perry in 1936.

The news also throws up the tantalising prospect of a repeat of the Wimbledon final in the nation’s capital, with the world no 1 Novak Djokovic, who Murray beat in straight sets on Sunday, already committed to competing as well.

Djokovic has won the last two editions of the Mubadala championship, while Murray took home the inaugural title in 2008-09 – defeating Rafael Nadal in the final – but suffered a shock first-round exit last year, knocked out by Serbian Janko Tipsarevic.

The world’s top two players have never faced off in the previous five stagings of the competition.

"I’ve always received great support when I’ve played in Abu Dhabi and I’m looking forward to getting back on the court and trying to win the title again – like I first did back in 2009,” said the world No 2 Murray.

Djokovic and Murray are the first two names announced for the annual three-day championship at the Abu Dhabi International Tennis Complex at Zayed Sports City.

The tournament brings together six of the world’s best players, giving them an opportunity to face each other in a warm-weather tournament before the start of the new season in January, which is highlighted by the first grand slam of the year, the Australian.

Tickets for this year’s tournaments are already on sale and can be purchased from www.ticketmaster.ae or by calling 800 86 823. Prices start from Dh50.

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