The 12th edition of the Mubadala World Tennis Championship in Abu Dhabi takes place between December 19-21, bringing one of the strongest pre-season fields. Since the first Mubadala WTC tournament in January 2009, some of the biggest stars from the last decade had all played at Abu Dhabi International Tennis Complex, with eight titles shared between Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic, and two more that Andy Murray grabbed.
The organizers had been working hard on signing the most prominent names for the upcoming edition, with world's leading players Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic leading the draw ahead of Daniil Medvedev, Stefanos Tsitsipas and Gael Monfils.
With five top-10 stars, the tournament should bring nothing but success, with a former Australian Open semi-finalist Hyeon Chung confirmed as the sixth and the last player of the men's draw. Hyeon made a debut at the Mubadala WTC in 2018 and will try to battle against the better-ranked rivals again, opening the campaign against the two-time Masters 1000 champion Daniil Medvedev.
Finishing the season outside the top-100 for the first time since 2016, Chung is ready to work on a comeback ahead of 2020, training in Bangkok before flying to Abu Dhabi and Australia, kicking off the regular action at Canberra Challenger.
Talented Korean claimed the title at the Next Gen Masters in 2017, advancing into the semi-final at the Australian Open next January and cracking the top-20 in April. Still, he had to miss almost the entire clay and grass season due to a lower leg injury, playing only Munich and Madrid and making a slow return in Atlanta at the end of July, struggling to find the form and winning rhythm by the end of the year.
The Korean couldn't catch a break in 2019 as well, dealing with a back injury that kept him away from the court between February and July, making a winning return at Chengde Challenger and reaching the third round at the US Open as a qualifier.
With only 45 points gained in the first five months of the season, the Korean dropped out from the top-150 for the first time since February 2015, improving his position by the end of the season and seeking much better run in 2020.
"The 12th edition of the Mubadala World Tennis Championship is fast shaping up to be the most exciting in the event's history. We are looking forward to providing our spectators with a dynamic combination of world-class tennis and family fun in what is an unmissable event," said John Lickrish, CEO of Flash Entertainment.
"I very much enjoyed the experience in my first Mubadala World Tennis Championship last year," said Chung. "It's great fun and I'm coming back to show the people of Abu Dhabi what I'm capable of and that I'm ready to compete with the best players in the world again."