epa03400082 Czech Republic's Tomas Berdych returns the ball to Argentina's Carlos Berlocq during their match of the Davis Cup semi final between Argentina and the Czech Republic at Parque Roca in Buenos Aires, Argentina, 16 September 2012. Berdych won 6-3, 6-3 and 6-4. EPA/LEO LA VALLE |
The Mubadala World Tennis Championship exhibition in Abu Dhabi has recruited six of the world’s top 10 players, including the injured Rafael Nadal for the December 27-29 event in Zayed Sports City . Nadal will join Andy Murray. Novak Djokovic, David Ferrer, Tomas Berdych and Janko Tipsarevic.
The six players will chase the winner-take-all prize fund of $250,000, but all of them are paid appearance fees and the top players have been said to collect more than $1 million apiece just for showing up
Nadal hasn’t played since losing in the second round of Wimbledon as he is recovering from a left knee injury. He has not committed to a return date but he has also said that he would like to back for sure to play the Australian Open in January
“This year’s line-up of players are truly at the top of their game. It guarantees another tournament of world-class tennis here in Abu Dhabi .
The popularity of tennis has grown so much over the years, and the crowds are as passionate as anywhere in the world,” said John Lickrish, of Flash Entertainment, which runs the event.
American Donald Young continued his strong start to 2015, reaching his third quarter-final of the season as he defeated Colombian Alejandro Gonzalez 6-3, 6-2 on Thursday at the Delray Beach Open by The Venetian® Las Vegas.
Defending champion Roger Federer helped ring in the Year of the Goat as he launched the Chinese New Year celebrations at Burj Al Arab on Thursday, ahead of the Dubai Duty Free Tennis Championships, which begins Monday, 23 February.
Toward the end of the first set of this, there were surely overworked staffers here saying, "Why are you putzing around, David Ferrer? We don't need another three hour match!" (This followed Joao Souza's marathon.) They needn't have worried.
More than two months after Neil Harman, the long standing Tennis Correspondent of The Times of London was suspended on charges of plagiarism, Daily Tennis News understands his employment with the newspaper has been formally terminated.
Rafael Nadal, who lost to Tomas Berdych in the Australian Open quarterfinals, returned to his winning ways with a 6-4, 6-1 victory over Thomaz Bellucci in round one of the Rio Open on Tuesday. Nadal dropped serve twice in the opening set without saving a break point, but he raised his level in the second to finish the job in one hour and 31 minutes.