World number one Andy Murray will headline this year’s entrants for the Dubai Duty Free tennis championships.
The tournament, which will take place from February 19 to March 4, marks its 25th anniversary this year, and Murray, the current Wimbledon, Olympic Games and World Tour Finals champion, will be in the hunt to add the Dubai title to his list of accolades, titles and honours.
Seven-time Dubai champion Roger Federer will also return to the courts at Garhoud, as well as world number four Stan Wawrinka, two-time Dubai finalist Tomas Berdych, and world number seven Gael Monfils.
The women's line-up sees eight of the top ten players heading to Dubai.
Led by world number one and winner of two grand slams in 2016, Angelique Kerber, the line-up includes 2012 Dubai champion and world number three Agnieszka Radwanska, 2015 Dubai champion and world number four Simona Halep, 2016 WTA Tour Finals champion Dominika Cibulkova, 2016 US Open finalist Karolina Pliskova, 2016 French Open champion Garbiñe Muguruza, tour veteran and three-time Dubai finalist Svetlana Kuznetsova, and British hopeful Johanna Konta, who has had a meteoric rise through the rankings in 2016, beginning last year at 47 and finishing in the top ten.
"Yet again the Dubai Duty Free Tennis Championships has attracted the best players in the world, including Andy Murray, who has had a tremendous year in 2016 which culminated in a knighthood, so congratulations to Andy,” said Colm McLoughlin, executive vice chairman and CEO of Dubai Duty Free.
“We are looking forward to some thrilling matches and some great entertainment as we celebrate the 25th anniversary of the tournament. The top line-ups guarantee world-class tennis on every day of the event."
Record crowds are expected again to flock to the stadium for the two weeks of matches, as well as enjoying the packed social programme which will see Dubai celebrate the 25th anniversary of the championships in style.
As always, the Tennis Village will be buzzing all fortnight with entertainment, music, autograph signings, the big screens showing the action live and a host of other events and activities including Kids' Days, Ladies' Night, and plenty of competitions for fans to win those sought after finals tickets.
The action will commence on February 19 with the WTA Premier 5 event, followed on February 27 with the ATP World Tour 500 tournament offering a combined prize pool of $5.2 million.
Tickets for the event will go on sale on 17 January from the Box Office at the Dubai Tennis Stadium, Garhoud which opens from 9am to 9pm daily and also online through www.dubaidutyfreetennischampionships.com/en/tickets.
For further information about tickets, prices and the tournament visit www.dubaidutyfreetennischampionships.com
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