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February 19- March 4, 2023
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February 19- March 4, 2023
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February 17, 2023

Pathway to Dubai Duty Free Tennis Championships’ US$2.9M WTA purse to be set this Saturday

Iga Swiatek in first-round women's singles action at the 2022 Dubai Duty Free Tennis Championships.

Main draw for WTA 1000 event, which will include 17 of the world’s top 20 female players, is set for this weekend; Australian Open winner Sabalenka already here
Tickets for annual Championships at Dubai Duty Free Tennis Stadium are available online now with prices starting from Dh55

Dubai, UAE – February 17, 2023: With only days to go until the star-studded Dubai Duty Free Tennis Championships get under way in the emirate, a throng of the elite 64-player field – including last month’s Australian Open champion Aryna Sabalenka – are already arriving in the emirate ahead of Saturday’s main draw when they will discover their pathways to a whopping US$2.9 million prize purse.

Dubai’s annual WTA 1000 event is set to take place from February 19-25, with the draw ceremony scheduled for 1pm on February 18 at the Majlis inside Dubai Duty Free Tennis Stadium. The official entry list includes nine of the world’s Top 10 women and five Grand Slam winners in Sabalenka, World No.1 Iga Swiatek, two-time Australian Open winner Victoria Azarenka, last year’s Wimbledon champion Elena Rybakina, and 2018 French Open winner Jelena Ostapenko, who is the Dubai defending champion.

The draw will be conducted in the presence of Colm McLoughlin, Executive Vice Chairman and Chief Executive Officer at Dubai Duty Free; Ramesh Cidambi, Chief Operating Officer at Dubai Duty Free; and Salah Tahlak, Tournament Director of the Dubai Duty Free Tennis Championships, and some very special guests.

With Sabalenka, Kaia Kanepi, Jil Teichmann, and Anhelina Kalinina among a host of players already in the emirate for pre-tournament practice and the likes of Belinda Bencic and Madison Keys arriving soon, McLoughlin said this year’s WTA line-up is the best he can remember – evidence of the event’s well-established stature on the WTA Tour.

“When we started our women’s tournament 23 years ago, we aimed to attract as many of the world’s Top 10 players as possible,” he said. “As our tournament has grown, so too have our expectations and ambitions. Now, as we prepare for the draw ceremony, it makes me very happy to look at the entry list and see we have 17 of the world’s Top 20.

“Speak to any of the players competing this year and they will tell you that Dubai is now considered one of the best tournaments on the WTA Tour. I am sure the next week of action both on-court and off-court will only strengthen that reputation.”

Grab Your Seat
Tickets for the 31st edition of the Championships are on sale now at dubaidutyfreetennischampionships.com, starting from Dh55. Tickets are also available at the Dubai Duty Free Tennis Stadium Box Office between 9am and 9pm daily. Tournament organisers have urged fans to secure their seats through the official platform.

This month’s Dubai Duty Free Tennis Championships will start with the 23rd staging of the WTA event from February 19 to 25, before the 31st staging of the ATP Tour 500 tournament from February 26 to March 4. Both events carry equal prize money.

The Dubai Duty Free Tennis Championships is owned and organised by Dubai Duty Free and held under the patronage of His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice-President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai.

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