If you are a tennis lover, Dubai is a perfect place for you to visit, with back-to-back WTA and ATP events between February 17-29. Kicked off in 1993 together with other ATP events in the region and Asia, Dubai has passed a long way to become one of the finest events in the world that always gathers strong fields in both the ATP and WTA Tour, with many notable names on the list of champions.
The following edition promises to be one of the best ones we had so far, with a packed field in both sections that should keep the crowd at the Aviation Club Tennis Centre entertained for two weeks. Ashleigh Barty, Karolina Pliskova, Simona Halep, Bianca Andreescu, Kiki Bertens and the defending champion Belinda Bencic should lead the women's draw, with 14 top-20 players overall ready to fight for the prestigious title ahead of Indian Wells and Miami.
A week later, the eight-time champion Roger Federer returns to Dubai for the 15th time, hoping to defend the title he won over Stefanos Tsitsipas a year ago. The young Greek, Roberto Bautista Agut, Denis Shapovalov, Gael Monfils, Fabio Fognini, Karen Khachanov and Andrey Rublev should be Roger's biggest rivals for the title, hoping to keep the young guns behind once again after a successful 2019 campaign that saw him winning the 100th ATP title in Dubai.
Roger Federer has been playing in Dubai since 2002, winning the first title next year and buying a house soon after that, using Dubai as his second home and training camp ahead of every season. "2019 was only the second time in the history of the Dubai Duty Free Tennis Championships that two players from the same country emerged as our singles champions; we are delighted to welcome Roger Federer and Belinda Bencic again," said Colm McLoughlin, Executive Vice Chairman and CEO of Dubai Duty Free.
"We look forward to seeing if they can set a new milestone by successfully defending those titles, but they face competition from one of the most energetic fields ever assembled in Dubai."