Munir Rahouma (Dubai)
Today, in the Majlis Hall at the Dubai Duty Free Tennis Stadium, the official draw for the 30th edition of the Dubai Duty Free Tennis Championships, which begins tomorrow and until February 26, was held with the participation of tennis stars, including world number one Novak Djokovic, who is seeking his sixth title in the tournament. .
The Italian Lorenzo Mussetti, the wild card holder, was one of the players present in the draw, who was named to face Djokovic in the first round of the tournament. This week’s Doha runner-up is Karen Khachanov, who will be faced by Djokovic if they qualify for the second round.
Djokovic won the first of his three titles in a row in 2009, lifted the trophy again in 2013, reached the final in 2015, and won the tournament for the fifth time in 2020.
On this occasion, Colm McLoughlin, Executive Vice Chairman and CEO of Dubai Duty Free, said: “This is the 30th year of the Dubai Duty Free Tennis Championships, and I am pleased to say that during that time more than 21 world number one players have participated in the tournament, and we are pleased that We welcome him back in Dubai to all the players and we wish them all the best as well as Novak Djokovic who will try to win his 87th title.
And if they reach the final rounds of the tournament, it is possible that the second-ranked Andrey Rublev, and last year’s runner-up, will meet again, against the defending Russian Aslan Karatsev, after the draw placed them in the second group, if Karatsev passes his opponent, Daniel Evans. Who reached the semi-finals of the Dubai Championship in 2020, and Karatsev will start the journey to defend his title in a confrontation against McKenzie McDonald’s, and the second group includes both Tunisian Malek Jaziri, who reached the semi-finals of the tournament in 2018 before losing to champion player Bautista Agut. .
Third seed Felix Auger-Aliassime was drawn against Nikoloz Basilashvili in the first round of the tournament, and sixth seed Auger-Aliassim’s group includes Denis Shapovalov, who will face Marton Fukowicz in the first round. Fourth seed Yannick Sener will also be on a date with fifth seed Hurbet Hurcacz, and it will be the start of a journey against former Dubai champion Andrei Murray, the former number one and wild card participant, after being drawn with one of the qualifiers from the qualifying round.
In his comment, Tournament Director Salah Tahlak said: The Dubai Duty Free Tennis Championship continues to consolidate its position as one of the main events on the international events calendar, and we are pleased to welcome four of the top 10 players and 8 out of the top 20 players according to the world rankings, and we will be on a date with a week It is full of exciting matches and it is difficult to know who will win the championship trophy this year.”
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