Exciting 2014 Season of the ATP and WTA Tour Gets Underway
December 22, 2013 Beeyong Sison - The 2014 season will be spearheaded next week by exhibition events starting with the Mubadala World Tennis Championships in the United Arab Emirates where the world’s top four men Rafael Nadal, Novak Djokovic, Andy Murray, and David Ferrer will be featured starting December 26th to 28th.
Nine of the world’s top 20 players, including three top ten players, are set to play Hyundai Hopman Cup 2014. Petra Kvitova, John Isner, Sloane Stephens, Milos Raonic, Tommy Robredo and Eugenie Bouchard are among the stars confirmed for the ITF’s official mixed teams’ competition from 28 December 2013 to 4 January 2014, taking place at the state-of-the-art Perth Arena for the second consecutive year.
Headlining the five official WTA and ATP tournaments will be World No.1 Serena Williams and 17-time Grand Slam champion Roger Federer who are both playing at the star-studded Brisbane International beginning December 29. After the exhibition stop at UAE, Nadal, Murray, Ferrer will join Tomas Berdych, and Richard Gasquet at the ATP Qatar Open from December 30 until January 4.
A sneak peak of next week’s schedule is below:
Dec. 26-28: Men’s Singles Exhibition Event: Mubadala World Tennis Championship, Abu Dhabi, UAE - Rafael Nadal, Novak Djokovic, Andy Murray, David Ferrer, Stanislas Wawrinka, Jo-Wilfried Tsonga.
Dec. 28-Jan. 4: Mixed-Team Exhibition Event : Hopman Cup, Perth, Australia - Bernard Tomic/Sam Stosur (Aus); John Isner/Sloane Stephens (USA); Milos Raonic Genie Bouchard (Can); Radek Stepanek/Petra Kvitova (Czk); Tommy Robredo/ Anabel Medina Garrigues (Esp); & more
Dec. 29-Jan. 5: ATP / WTA Brisbane International, Brisbane, Australia - Roger Federer, Grigor Dimitrov, Kei Nishikori, Sam Querrey, Serena Williams, Victoria Azarenka, Maria Sharapova, Caroline Wozniacki, Madison Keys.
Dec. 30-Jan. 4: ATP Qatar Open, Doha, Qatar - Nadal, Murray, Ferrer, Tomas Berdych, Richard Gasquet.
Dec. 30-Jan. 5: ATP Chennai Open, Chennai, India - Wawrinka, Fabio Fognini, Mikhail Youzhny, Janko Tipsarevic.
Dec. 29-Jan. 4: WTA Shenzhen Open, Shenzhen, China - Li Na, Peng Shuai, Zheng Jie, Vera Zvonareva.
Dec. 30-Jan. 4: WTA ASB Classic, Auckland, New Zealand - Ana Ivanovic, Venus Williams, Jamie Hampton, Laura Robson.
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