Capitala tournament sees the world's best tennis talent return to Abu Dhabi.
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The announcement of the player draw for the Capitala World Tennis Championship in Abu Dhabi has prompted a rush for tickets as some of the world’s biggest tennis stars prepare to duel it out on centre court.
The draw sees the young French sensation, Jo-Wilfried Tsonga take on Nikolay Davydenko and Robin Söderling versus Stanislas Wawrinka on day one of the tournament.
The winners on day one will then be paired opposite the world’s numbers one and two, Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal, in a bid to reach the final and a chance at the $250,000 prize money.
Organised by Flash Entertainment and Capitala, a real estate master planner and developer, the tournament is one of the biggest events on the Middle East tennis calendar. It was launched in 2008, and serves as a warm up event for the season, as the ATP World Tour begins in January.
John Lickrish, managing director of Flash Entertainment said: “The draw is an exciting one and the response of the public has been beyond our expectations. We have a fantastic line up of the world’s best players, including the top two players in Federer and Nadal.”
Formed as a way to raise awareness of the benefits of tennis and the importance of a healthy and active lifestyle, John added that the three day event includes a number of activities outside of the tennis action, including an ‘Interactive Tennis Village’, which will have plenty to offer for tennis fans and the whole family to enjoy.
The event will take place over the New Year, from Dec 31 to Jan 2, 2010 at the Abu Dhabi International Tennis Complex at Zayed Sports City.