The Dubai Duty Free Tennis championships is the biggest Middle Eastern season opener court battle where the stars and supporters of all ages come out to play. It has become the ideal proving ground for the rising stars and a rich hunting ground for the top seeded players as they prep up for the major title races in the season. Children who religiously follow the stars and the sport get a chance to attend coaching clinic as they prepare to see their icons in action
2017 saw the names like Andy Murray gracing the courts and claiming the title for the men’s singles, with the doubles title going to Jean Julean and Hona Tecan. 2018 would not see the return of the great one to defend his title, and it would be open season for the title with the biggest name in the chase being Grigor Dimitrovo ranked 5th in the world. As the action is set to kick off on the 1st to 3rd of March. Already the pressure has gone high and expectations are on the rise, question I who will have their name stamped on the 2018 season opener in Dubai?
However on the other side of the spectrum the women’s title has already been successfully defended by 2017 winner Elina Svitlova, who put up an impressive display of skill, grit and determination. Ranked 3rd in the world the Ukrainian has begun her season on a high and stamping her name on the upcoming title chases in the season. 2018 also saw the crowning of new doubles champions Chan Hao-Ching & Yang Zhaoxuan.
As we head towards the end of the tournament with a day left for the men’s trophy to be clamed, one can say it has been a show piece thus far providing none stop action which mother natures faithful can attest to.