Tennis - The Dubai Duty-Free Tennis Championships will retain its position on the ATP World Tour calendar during the eighth week of the season and the tournament organizers are confident that they will continue to attract big names next year.
The women's event in Dubai will start from February 17th and that would be followed by the men's even Salah Tahlak, Tournament Director of Dubai Championships, commented, “Nothing changes for Dubai as we are still in the same week as before.
With the first Grand Slam of the season [Australian Open] getting over, we normally see the established stars making a strong start while there are always new players coming through. All this works to our advantage and we will continue keeping an eye for all the best players to play in Dubai — more so because our tournament is supposed to be one of the build-ups towards Expo 2020.
Traditionally, we have always targeted the top-10 or the top-20 players to play in our event. This year witnessed a historical finish when Dubai’s favourite Roger Federer went on to claim his 100th career title. This has further put the limelight on Dubai and we will stay committed to delivering the best field as always."
With next year being an Olympic year, there have been some changes made to the tour schedule but Dubai retains its slot on the calendar. In some of the changes announced, the ATP 250 event in Pune has moved from the first week to Week 5 while the ATP 250 event in Bulgaria has been moved from Week 5 to Week 39.