Maria Sharapova and Amanda Anisimova will play against each other at the Mubadala Tennis Championship in Abu Dhabi. Both will be making their debut in the event that will take place from 19 to 21 December. Both of them are represented by IMG.
The Russian said: “I’ve been told December is a great time of year to visit and I want everyone to come and join us in having some fun." Anisimova added: “I will be making my first visit to Abu Dhabi and I want to make sure I’m bringing my A-game to the Mubadala World Tennis Championship and show the spectators what I can do."
John Lickrish, CEO of event organisers Flash Entertainment, said: “Confirming four of the biggest names in tennis in a matter of days demonstrates the appeal of this championship amongst the players and its attraction for domestic and international visitors who will get an unmissable experience."
Rafael Nadal and Daniil Medvedev are already committed to play on the men's side. More announcements will follow in the next weeks and months. Sharapova has withdrawn from Linz and she is committed to ending her season in Luxembourg.
The former world no. 1 is struggling to find her form after she underwent surgery to treat her shoulder. She did not play for almost five months after St. Petersburg in January. At the US Open, she lost in the first round to Serena Williams. Williams reached the final but lost to Canada's Bianca Andreescu.