Tennis - Swiss Stan Wawrinka and Frenchman Jo-Wilfried Tsonga, the 2012 Qatar ExxonMobil Open champion, had a friendly hit at the National Museum of Qatar on Sunday. Both the players are in Qatar for the ATP 2020 Qatar ExxonMobil Open where Wawrinka is the top seed in the draw and Tsonga is the third seed.
The National Museum of Qatar has been open to the public since March 2019. The building, which was constructed in place of the original Qatar National Museum, was designed by architect Jean Nouvel who got his inspiration from the desert rose crystal, which can be found in Qatar.
The museum site includes Sheikh Abdullah bin Jassim Al-Thani's Palace, which is the heart of the Qatari national identity. The museum's mission is to celebrate the culture, heritage, and future of Qatar and its people, embodying the pride and traditions of Qataris while offering international visitors a dialogue about rapid change and modernization.
Wawrinka has a bye in the first round and will play his first match in the tournament against the winner of the all-French battle between Jeremy Chardy and Gregoire Barrere. Tsonga also has a bye in the first round and will meet either Aussie Jordan Thompson or Serbian Miomir Kecmanovic in his first match.
The tournament begins on Monday January 6th and is a warm-up event for the Australian Open Grand Slam tournament which gets underway in Melbourne on January 20th.
The ATP stars Jo-Wilfried Tsonga and Stan Wawrinka shared a friendly match at the state of the art - National Museum of Qatar - the desert rose of Qatar!