14TH MUBADALA WORLD TENNIS CHAMPIONSHIP HITS NEW HEIGHTS

14th Mubadala World Tennis Championship hits new heights with historic moments, aces and inclusivity as Stefanos Tsitsipas reigns supreme.

Flash Entertainment | December 28 2022 03:00 PM
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The 14th Mubadala World Tennis Championship (MWTC) served up another memorable three-day festival, which saw history being made, a new champion crowned, and thousands of spectators engaging in top-quality tennis and entertainment on and off court.

An exciting week at the Arabian Gulf’s leading tennis experience was capped in fine style with Stefanos Tsitsipas coming out on top in a thrilling final, which underlined the Championship’s status as one of the most anticipated events on the region’s sporting and social calendar.

Following the UAE Special Olympics tennis demonstration earlier in the weekend, Mohammed Al Yammahi, aged 11, a champion equestrian athlete at the Abu Dhabi Club for People of Determination, performed the coin toss for the final. After which, Rublev and Tsitsipas took their friendly rivalry to the next level with an exceptional match for an excited crowd.

Tsitsipas, who looked impressive throughout the Championships with victories over Cameron Norrie and World No.3 Casper Ruud, came bursting out of the blocks in the final and eventually took the title following a 6-2, 4-6, 6-2 victory over Rublev to secure a first MWTC title at the second time of asking, having made the final on his first appearance in 2019.

“I would just like to thank everyone for coming out to support us, especially knowing there was a World Cup final happening a bit later, we really appreciate the support. It was great to get three matches in here this week and search for some big preparation for the coming season. Andrey is a great competitor, and we had a great match,” said Tsitsipas as he collected the new championship trophy.

“What we as players are trying to do is unite people, bring them together through tennis. I’m really happy to be playing in the Middle East; I’ve said before we should be playing more tennis events here. It’s the perfect location and can host big events.”

I’m really happy to be playing in the Middle East; I’ve said before we should be playing more tennis events here. It’s the perfect location and can host big events.
- Stefanos Tsitsipas

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Outgoing champion Rublev added: “What we are looking for here is to play these matches at a great level ahead of the new season against some good players and that’s what we had. It was a great tournament and I’m always happy to be here. It’s been a pleasure to be back in Abu Dhabi playing in front of you guys.”

It’s been a pleasure to be back in Abu Dhabi playing in front of you guys.
- Andrey Rublev

It was a fitting finale to a week in which World No. 2 Ons Jabeur made history in becoming the first woman to win back-to-back MWTC titles following her victory over British No. 1 and 2021 US Open champion Emma Raducanu. Other matches featuring a world-class line-up including World No.1 Carlos Alcaraz, World No. 4 Casper Ruud, British No.1 Cameron Norrie, and Cincinnati Masters champion Borna Ćorić, rounded off another thrilling edition of the Championship.

Tsitsipas as presented with the iconic Mubadala World Tennis Championship trophy by HH Sheikh Nahyan Bin Mabarak Al Nahyan, Cabinet Member and Minister of Tolerance and Coexistence, in the presence of Sheikh Suhail Bin Butti Al Maktoum, Executive Director of the Sports Development Sector at the General Sports Authority, HE Homaid Al Shimmari, Deputy Group CEO Mubadala Investment Company, Sheikh Mohammed bin Khalifa Bin Mohammed bin Khalid Al Nahyan, and John Lickrish, CEO of Flash Entertainment.

“It’s been another incredible year of collaboration and commitment from our partners, players and fans, which underlines why the Mubadala World Tennis Championship is one of the of the region’s most anticipated events on both the UAE and regional sporting calendars. With one of the strongest fields in the event’s 14-year history we’ve been treated to three days of amazing tennis action, in addition to exciting entertainment off court, further cementing Abu Dhabi’s ability to host major events. We’ve witnessed history with Ons Jabeur becoming the first woman to win back-to-back MWTC titles. Congratulations to Ons and our 2022 Men’s Champion Stefanos Tsitsipas who delivered some scintillating moments for fans this week. We can’t wait to be back next year for our 15th edition, which we promise will be another unmissable experience", added John Lickrish, CEO, Flash Entertainment.

It’s been another incredible year of collaboration and commitment from our partners, players and fans, which underlines why the Mubadala World Tennis Championship is one of the of the region’s most anticipated events on both the UAE and regional sporting calendars.
- John Lickrish

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Please stay tuned for more details on the 15th edition of the Mubadala World Tennis Championship to take place in 2023!.

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