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Champion Anderson to defend Abu Dhabi tennis title

South African Kevin Anderson will be joined by Serbian 14-time Grand Slam champion Novak Djokovic in Abu Dhabi in December

Champion Anderson to defend Abu Dhabi tennis title
Anderson who was in blistering form last year, beating Roberto Bautista Agut in the Championship match last year in Abu Dhabi.

Defending champion Kevin Anderson will return to the Mubadala World Tennis Championship which takes place in Abu Dhabi from December 27-29.

Flash Entertainment said this year’s Wimbledon finalist and 2017 winner of the Mubadala World Tennis Championship (MWTC) will be joined by Serbian 14-time Grand Slam champion Novak Djokovic in the men’s side of the draw.

Seven-time Grand Slam winner, Venus Williams, has also been announced on the women’s side, while world number seven and French Open finalist, Dominic Thiem, Australian Open semi-finalist Hyeon Chung and winner of three ATP World Tour titles, Karen Khachanov, will also take part in the Mubadala World Tennis Championship (MWTC).

Anderson who was in blistering form last year, defeated Spain’s Pablo Carreño Busta, Austrian Dominic Thiem in the opening matches and went on to conquer another Spaniard, Roberto Bautista Agut, in the Championship match last year.

He said: “What a tournament last year turned out to be. The Mubadala World Tennis Championship is the perfect start to the tennis season and I cannot wait to return to the court and defend my title.”

With a line-up featuring six top male players and two leading female players, this year’s tournament is shaping up to be the biggest yet, Flash Entertainment added.

John Lickrish, CEO of Flash Entertainment, said: “Every year, the MWTC grows in stature on the worldwide tennis circuit, attracting leading players from across the world. Kevin Anderson’s return shows the prominence top seeds place on this event and the increasing global focus on Abu Dhabi as a key destination for world-class sporting events.”

Tickets to the event, held at the International Tennis Centre at Zayed Sports City in Abu Dhabi, are priced from AED100 and can be purchased from www.ticketmaster.ae.

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