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Huge festival of fun line-up for return of Mubadala World Tennis Championships

Coaching clinics, star autograph signings and interactive games to enjoy as part of sporting bonanza

2017-12-21

By Time Out Dubai Staff

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The milestone tenth edition of the Mubadala World Tennis Championships is set to be a huge smash hit – with an ace programme of family friendly events taking over the capital.

The star-studded six-man tournament – headed by 12-time Grand Slam champion Novak Djokovic – will be returning to the International Tennis Center at Zayed Sports City from December 28 until December 30.

There will be plenty of fun taking place away from the court during the three-day sporting spectacular.

Day one of the tournament is dedicated to encouraging budding tennis stars to take up the sport.

Winners of the Mubadala Community Cup, presented by Healthpoint, will take part in the star coaching clinics, where Pablo Carreño Busta will showcase his skills to the 14’s and under”, 10’s and 12’s, and adults categories.
The clinics are open to fans and visitors to view. Young fans can also enjoy a Q&A session with world number five, Dominic Thiem and tennis legend and MWTC ambassador Pat Cash.

Also on the opening day, fans will get the chance to attend an autograph signing session. Each day, visitors can attend the player's practice sessions and tennis clinics.

Mubadala’s Interactive Zone will feature fun games and other engaging activities. Visitors can also experience installations and competitions from key sponsors including Etihad, Mercedes and Highland Spring.

The three-day event at the Tennis Village will also have a range of fitness activities to keep the crowd buzzing with excitement and there is plenty of food and beverages to go around with a number of food trucks available on site.
The MWTC will once again see the top tennis stars in action including Serbian great Novak Djokovic, world number five Dominic Thiem and US Open semi-finalist Pablo Carreño Busta as they compete for the winner takes all US $250,000 prize.

The tournament has seen three late changes, with three-time Grand Slam winner Stan Wawrinka, Spaniard Rafael Nadal and big-hitting former Wimbledon finalist Milos Raonic pulling out.

The trio, who say they are not ready to compete after spells away from the game, or want to work on their fitness, have been replaced by this year’s US Open runner-up Kevin Anderson, Russian Andrey Rublev and Roberto Bautista Agut.

Tickets to the Championship are currently on sale for the general public at www.ticketmaster.ae and all Virgin Megastores across the UAE. For more information, visit www.mubadalawtc.com.

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