Seven of the world’s top-10 female players will descend on UAE in February to compete in the Dubai Duty Free Tennis Championships.
WTA World No.1 Iga Swiatek heads the star-starred field for the extravaganza at Dubai Duty Free Tennis Stadium, from February 19-25, which also includes Arab superstar and World No.2 Ons Jabeur; Jessica Pegula (No.3) and Caroline Garcia (No.4).
Fans will get to see 14 of the top 20 ranked players in action with defending champion Jelena Ostapenko confirming her spot.
Poland’s 21-year-old Swiatek added two more Grand Slam titles in 2022 to finish the year top of the WTA rankings, following up her second French Open title with a maiden win at the US Open. Her opponent at Flushing Meadows – Jabeur – meanwhile became the first Arab to reach a Grand Slam final when she progressed to the final at Wimbledon and again at the US Open last year. A crowd favourite, the Tunisian is the highest ranked African in tennis history.
“With 14 of the top-20 women confirmed we have one of our strongest fields ever," said Colm McLoughlin, Executive Vice Chairman and CEO of Dubai Duty Free.
Other names confirmed for the women’s tournament include last year’s Dubai finalist Veronika Kudermetova, the current World No.9; World No.8 Daria Kasatkina; 2017 US Open finalist Madison Keys; Dubai-based Spaniard Paula Badosa, and Brazilian No.1 Beatriz Haddad Maia.
Tournament Director Salah Tahlak added: “The field for this year’s Dubai Duty Free Tennis Championships is a fantastic mix of established stars, previous champions and upcoming talents. We are looking forward to the WTA week bringing thrilling tennis from the best in the women’s game, followed of course by the ATP men’s week.”
Tickets are on sale online and will be available at the Dubai Duty Free Tennis Stadium Box Office from February 9 between 9:00 am and 9:00 pm daily.