Dubai TD: 'Roger Federer and other finest players will play for the title in Dubai'


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Dubai TD: 'Roger Federer and other finest players will play for the title in Dubai'

In the second part of February, the crowd at the Dubai Duty Free Tennis Championships will have the opportunity to watch some of the leading figures in tennis, including packed WTA field and the one and only Roger Federer.

The Swiss star who spends the offseason in Dubai every year will compete at this event for the 15th time, making a debut in 2002 and claiming eight titles between 2003-2019. Last March, Roger took down Stefanos Tsitsipas to claim the 100th ATP title in a career, with the young Greek signing to rechallenge Roger between February 24-29, returning to Dubai together with Roberto Bautista Agut, Denis Shapovalov, Gael Monfils, Fabio Fognini, Karen Khachanov, Andrey Rublev and Marin Cilic.

World no. 2 Novak Djokovic has added Dubai to his 2020 schedule but we are yet to see the official confirmation of what would make the draw even stronger. On the women's side, top-tier rivals will fight for the crown a week earlier than men, with six top-10 stars and 14 from the current top-20 ready to battle for the prestigious trophy.

Ashleigh Barty, Karolina Pliskova and Simona Halep bring the current leading players from the WTA list to Dubai, together with the US Open champion Bianca Andreescu who has started to hit the ball again after a nasty knee injury from the WTA Finals.

The defending champion Belinda Bencic, Kiki Bertens, Aryna Sabalenka, Johanna Konta, Madison Keys, Sofia Kenin, Dayana Yastremska and other strong competitors will seek deep run and the best possible preparation ahead of Indian Wells and Miami.

"Once again, tennis fans in Dubai can look forward to a wonderful two weeks of competition between the very best players in the world," said Tournament Director Salah Tahlak. "With such strong competition, the outcome is impossible to predict and the only certainty is that the fortnight will produce many dramatic upsets and edge-of-the-seat battles as everyone fights for the right to be crowned the champion."