Under the Patronage of H.h. Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai

17TH February - 2nd March 2019
Dubai Duty Free tennis stadium
17TH February - 2nd March 2019
Dubai Duty Free tennis stadium
dubai tennis championships atp

Tournament History

From 1993 to present, all the highlights from the Dubai Duty Free Tennis Championships

The Dubai Duty Free Tennis Championships began life as the Dubai Men’s Open back in 1993, a year in which Karel Novacek won the singles and the pairing of Anders Jarryd / John Fitzgerald the doubles.

Since that first tournament, the Championships has continued to go from strength to strength.

The roll call of players in both the men’s and women’s tournaments (the latter of which began in 2001) reads like a who’s who of tennis stars – Goran Ivanisevic, Juan Carlos Ferrero, Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal, Martina Hingis, Amelie Mauresmo and Justin Henin have all taken part.

As we celebrate the 27th anniversary this year, we look at some of the amazing matches that have taken place at the Dubai Duty Free Tennis Stadium.

Press Highlights
1993

Czech Karel Novacek wins the singles title with the Australian-Swedish pairing of Jarryd/John Fitzgerald claiming the inaugural doubles title.

1994

Swede Magnus Gustaffson defeated clay court specialist, Sergi Brugera in the final of the second Dubai Tennis Championships. Mark Woodford & Todd Woodbridge, who later went on to become a legendary doubles partnership, were crowned the second winners of the doubles championships.

1995

South African Wayne Ferreira won the singles title , defeating Italian Andrea Gaudenzi 6-3, 6-3 in the final. Later in his career. Ferreira went on to hold the record for the most consecutive Grand Slam appearances in men’s tennis, competing in 56 consecutive Grand Slams between 1991 and 2004..

This record was later broken by dynamic Frenchman Fabrice Santoro – another winner of the Dubai Tennis Championships.

1996

The charismatic Croat Goran Ivanisevic won the fourth Dubai Men’s title. Ivanisevic later went on to win the Wimbledon Men’s title in 2001 before retiring three years later.

1998

Alex Corretja became the first Spaniard  to claim the Dubai singles mantle, dismissing compatriot Felix Mantilla in straight  sets in the final.

1999

Frenchman Jerome Golmard defeated Nicolas Kiefer at the expense of only six games to win the singles crown.

2000

The previous year’s finalist, Nicolas Kiefer, fared better this year by winning the title with a tight three-set win over Juan Carlos Ferrero in the final.

2002

Fabrice Santoro, best known for his impressive arsenal of trick shots, made his way through the draw to win the Men’s draw, defeating the Moroccan Younes El Aynaoui – the first Arab to play a title match at the Dubai Tennis Championships – in a tight final.

Amelie Mauresmo, who has recently announced her retirement from the sport, made it a successful tournament for the French players, by winning the second-ever Dubai WTA tournament. The former Australian Open and Wimbledon Champion beat fellow French Sandrine Testud to win the title.

2003

The mighty Roger Federer won the first of his four Dubai singles titles this year, by beating Czech Jiri Novak in the final.

Belgian Justine Henin-Hardenne also won the first of her four Dubai titles this year, defeating former WTA World No.1 Monica Seles in a tightly-fought final.

2005

Roger Federer made it a hat trick of Dubai titles by beating Croat Ivan Ljubicicin a three-set final.

In the Women’s week, Lindsay Davenport became the first American to win the title with a deciding set victory over then rising star Jelena Jancovic from Serbia.

2007

Roger Federer reiterated his love of playing in at the Dubai Tennis Championships by winning back the trophy from rival Rafael Nadal. The Swiss defeated Russian Mikhail Youzhny 6-4, 6-3 in the final.

The Belgian, now Justine Henin also lifted the WTA trophy for the fourth time beating former champion Amelie Mauresmo in two close sets.

2008

Popular American and former Grand Slam winner, Andy Roddick won his first ATP Dubai Men’s title in the newly-named Barclays Dubai Tennis Championships.

Russian Elena Dementieva beat fellow Russian, Svetlana Kuznetsova in the WTA final to win her maiden Dubai title.

2010

The 10th anniversary of the Women’s event was marked by one of the greatest players of all time, Venus Williams, successfully defending her title. Meanwhile the men’s event was able to celebrate its 18th birthday with one of the most dramatic finals in its history, as Novak Djokovic fought off a valiant challenge from Mikhail Youzhny to also retain his title.

At the same time, the tournament celebrated yet another success after being named the 2009 ATP World Tour 500 Tournament of the Year. Remarkably, it was also the tournament’s 14th ATP award since 1993 – the tournament’s inaugural year – and the sixth time that the Dubai men’s week has won the prestigious “Tournament of the Year” award.

2011

The Dubai Duty Free Tennis Championships was once again a resounding success with capacity crowds, scintillating action and entertainment second to none both on and off the court. The 2011 event which was the 19th running of the men’s tournament and the 11th of the women’s attracted some of the top names in the game with women’s number one and two. Caroline Wozniacki and Vera Zvonarava as well as then men’s number two and three. Roger Federer and Novak Djokovic all taking part along with the likes of former world number ones Ana Ivanovic and Jelena Jankovic and the Top 10-ranked Tomas Berdych and Mikhail Youzhny.

2014

The Dubai Duty Free Tennis Championships which celebrated its 22nd anniversary this year attracted the top tennis players in the world which saw Venus Williams, winning  the ladies’ week, while Roger Federer won his sixth Dubai title.

At the end of two weeks of spectacular tennis which attracted over 115,000 spectators, two former champions again held the trophies aloft. Venus Williams won her third Dubai Duty Free Tennis Championships title when she convincingly triumphed over Alize Cornet. While in a sensational end to the men’s tournament Roger Federer won a remarkable sixth crown defeating Tomas Berdych in a tight tussle.

In the doubles Alla Kudryavtseva of Russia and Anastacia Rodionova of Australia defeated USA pair of Raquel Kops-Jones and Abigail Spears to claim their first Dubai title, and the men’s double was won by Rohan Bopanna and Aisam-Ul-Haq Qureshi over Daniel Nestor and Nenad Zimonjic.

One of the highlights of the fortnight was when the Dubai Duty Free Tennis Championships was awarded the ATP 500 Tournament of the Year Award for 2013, for an unprecedented and remarkable 10th time since 2003. The presentation was made on the Centre Court by defending champion Novak Djokovic and Alison Lee – ATP Executive Vice President International Group.

2016

Sara Errani overwhelmed Barbora Strycova 6-0 6-2 to win her first Dubai Duty Free Tennis Championships title. Her victory came after she finished as runner-up to Petra Kvitova in 2013 and she dominated the most one-sided final in the 16 years of the WTA event.

The first Italian winner of the event won nearly two-thirds of the points and faced just one break point, but she still needed five match points to close out the match as Strycova desperately tried to stave off her inevitable defeat.

The doubles title went to the unseeded pair of Chia-Jung Chuang and Darija Jurak, who saved five match points in Friday’s semi-finals before claiming a 6-4 6-4 victory over second seeds Caroline Garcia and Kristina Mladenovic.

Stan Wawrinka held off a valiant challenge from Marcos Baghdatis to win 6-4 7-6 (13).  It was Wawrinka’s 13th career title, his second of the year and the win was his ninth straight triumph in a final, while Baghdatis remains without a title since he won Sydney in 2010.

The Swiss second seed and world number four dropped his serve just once in the first set and neither player earned a break point as the second set progressed to a dramatic tiebreak. It was then then that the momentum repeatedly swung one way and then the other, as unseeded Baghdatis held five set points before Wawrinka  finally claimed victory on his fourth match point.

Feliciano Lopez was denied compensation for his defeat in the singles semi-finals as he teamed with Marc Lopez for the doubles final, but the pair failed to take advantage of two match points as Italians Simone Bolelli and Andreas Seppi won 6-2 3-6 14-12 in their first final together.

2017

Elina Svitolina claimed the Dubai Duty Free Tennis Championships title with a hard-fought 6-4 6-2 win over Caroline Wozniacki. Not only did Svitolina win the biggest title of her career, but the victory elevated her into the top 10 for the first time.

Ekaterina Makarova and Elena Vesnina claimed the doubles title with a 6-2 4-6 10-7 victory over Andrea Hlavackova and Peng Shuai. The champions were playing their second final of the year after finishing as runners-up in Brisbane, and their titles last year included both the Olympics and WTA Finals.

Andy Murray became the first British champion at the Dubai Duty Free Tennis Championships as he defeated Fernando Verdasco 6-3 6-2, and his win comes after he finished as runner-up to Roger Federer in Dubai in 2012.

Jean-Julien Rojer and Horia Tecau claimed the doubles title with a 4-6 6-3  10-3  win over Rohan Bopanna and Marcin Matkowski. It is their 13th title together, which includes both Wimbledon and the ATP World Tour Finals in 2015.

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