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.
Hawaii was awesome. We even took a short heli - ride to Lanai to catch a dinner before we left the islands. We made a puddle jump to the Island of Lanai for some sliders @NOBU among everything else yummy there. Last time we were in Lanai was 25 years ago ,time flies and there wasn't a Nobu.
Nine charitable causes, nominated by ATP World Tour tournaments, players and alumni, will receive $/€15,000 grants through the ATP ACES For Charity programme in 2015. This year’s recipients include the YMCA of Metropolitan Atlanta, the Special Olympics and Fight Aids organisations in Monte-Carlo, the Swedish Cancer Society, Officine Terenzio, and the Tomas Berdych Foundation...