The 12th edition of the Mubadala World Tennis Championship in Abu Dhabi takes place between December 19-21, bringing a rock-solid pre-season field. Since the first Mubadala WTC tournament in January 2009, some of the most notable tennis names have all played at Abu Dhabi International Tennis Complex, with eight titles shared between Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic, and two more for Andy Murray.
The organizers had been working hard on signing the most prominent names for the upcoming edition, with the world's leading players Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic heading the action 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 and the Next Gen champion 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 do his best against the rivals from the top again, opening the campaign versus his coeval and 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 make a strong comeback in 2020, testing his skills in Abu Dhabi before traveling to 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 been struggling with injuries ever since, gaining only 45 points in the first five months of 2019 and dropping out from the top-150 for the first time since February 2015.
Speaking about his goals ahead of 2020, Hyeon highlighted he only wants to play a full, healthy season and that the results will come, seeking a place in the top-20 again if he produces his best tennis. "Everything in pre-season has been going well," Chung said.
"My body feels pretty good and I am ready to start the new season. I played in Abu Dhabi for the first time last year, feeling excited to be back and competing against some of the best players in the world. Medvedev has had a pretty good season, reaching the US Open final and winning two Masters 1000 crowns.
We have played each other a lot, growing up together on the junior tour; I'm looking forward to playing against him. The most important thing in 2020 is to stay healthy for the whole season. Then, I would like to get back into the top-20 if I can."