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Dubai Duty Free Dubai Tennis Championship 2012

  • Womens' Dubai Tennis Championship dates 14-20 February 2011, Men's Dubai Tennis Championship dates 27 February - 03 March 2012.
  • Grandstand tickets available from 10 January 2011 at Dubai Tennis Stadium Box Office, or Time Out Tickets. Usually it's pointless trying to phone Time Out Tickets - either purchase online, go there, or go to the tennis stadium box office.
  • Grandstand tickets are free seating except for dedicated areas for media and sponsors.
  • Ticket prices increased slightly from 2010 - Day 1 from AED 30 to AED 50, Day 2 from AED 40 to AED 50. Quarters, semis, and finals all increased by AED 50.
  • Ticket prices for grandstand seating below. Prices crossed out for sold-out days as of 16 February 2011. Prime A and B tickets are also sold out.
Day
1 2 3 4 quarter-final semi-final finals
Date
14 Feb 2011 15 Feb 2011 16 Feb 2011 17 Feb 2011 18 Feb 2011 19 Feb 2011 20 Feb 2011
Women's tournament
50 dhs 50 dhs 50 dhs 50 dhs 150 dhs 200 dhs 250 dhs
Date
21 Feb 2011 22 Feb 2011 23 Feb 2011   24 Feb 2011 25 Feb 2011 26 Feb 2011
Men's tournament
50 dhs 50 dhs 50 dhs   150 dhs 200 dhs 250 dhs
Prizemoney and points for 2011
  • Men's first prize $386,000 and 500 points (news reports), same as for 2010?
Dubai Men's ATP World Tour 500
2010 figures, not confirmed for 2011? winner finalists semi-finalists quarter-finalists round 3 round 2 round 1
Prizemoney - Men $386,000 $181,500 $85,000 $40,525 $20,670 $11,370 ?
Points - Men 500 300 180 90 45? 0? 20? ? 20?
Prizemoney - Women (2011?) $360,000 $180,000 $90,000 $41,450 $20,550 $10,575 $5,500
Points - Women (2011?) 900 620 395 225 125 70 1
  • Total prize money for men's tournamemt is $1,619,500.
  • Total prize money for women's tournament is $2,050,000.
Player line up for 2011 Dubai Tennis Championships (with rank as of 07 February 2011)
2011 Women tennis players
2011 Men tennis players
1. Caroline Wozniacki, Denmark
3. Vera Zvonareva, Russia
4. Francesca Schiavone, Italy
5. Samantha Stosur, Australia
7. Na Li, China
8. Jelena Jankovic, Serbia
9. Victoria Azarenka, Belarus
10. Agnieszka Radwanska, Poland
11. Shahar Peer, Israel
14. Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova, Russia
15. Marion Bartoli, France
16. Flavia Pennetta, Italy
17. Kaia Kanepi, Spain
18. Petra Kvitova, Czech Republic
19. Ana Ivanovic, Serbia
22. Alisa Kleybanova, Russia
23. Svetlana Kuznetsova, Russia
24. Andrea Petkovic, Germany
25. Maria Kirilenko, Russia
26. Yanina Wickmayer, Belarus
27. Dominika Cibulkova, Slovakia
28. Maria Jose Martinez Sanchez, Spain
29. Alexandra Dulgheru, Romania
30. Lucie Safarova, Czech Republic
31. Jarmila Groth, Australia
32. Daniela Hantuchova, Slovakia
33. Tsvetana Pironkova, Bulgaria
35. Kala Zakopalova, Czech Republic
36. Anastasia Sevastova, Latvia
38. Roberta Vinci, Italy
39. Yaroslava Shvedova, Kazakhstan
40. Shuai Peng, China
41. Ekaterina Makarova, Russia
42. Patty Schnyder, Switzerland
43. Jie Zheng, China
44. Sara Errani, Italy
46. Timea Bacsinszy, Switzerland
48. Bethanie Mattek-Sands, USA
49. Anna Chakvetadze, Russia
50. Angelique Kerber, Germany
51. Elena Vesnina, Russia
52. Vera Dushevina, Russia
54. Bojana Jovanovski, Serbia
55. Kimiko Date-Krumm, Japan
57. Elena Baltacha, Great Britain
58. Ayumi Morita, Japan
64. Anastasia Rodionova, Australia
70. Akgul Amanmuradova, Uzbekistan
78. Kristina Barrois, Germany
80. Chanelle Scheepers, South Africa
92. Shuai Zhang, China
120. Jelena Dokic, Australia
122. Zuzana Kucova, Slovakia
128. Nuria Llagostera Vives, Spain
2. Roger Federer, Switzerland
3. Novak Djokovic, Serbia
5. Andy Murray, Great Britain (withdrew 16 Feb 2011)
7. Tomas Berdych, Czech Republic
10. Mikhail Youzhny, Russia
11. Jurgen Melzer, Austria (withdrew 18 Feb 2011)?
15. Ivan Ljubicic, Croatia
20. Marcos Baghdatis, Cyprus
21. Ernests Gulbis, Latvia
22. Michael Llodra, France
24. Viktor Troicki, Serbia
26. Guillermo Garcia-Lopez, Spain
30. Richard Gasquet, France
33. Gilles Simon, France
34. Nikolay Davydenko, Russia
35. Florian Mayer, Germany
36. Philipp Kohlschreiber, Germany
38. Yen-Hsun Lu, Taiwan
41. Andrey Golubev, Kazakhstan
42. Sergiy Stakhovsky, Ukraine
43. Jarkko Nieminen, Finland
44. Feliciano Lopez, Spain
48. Jeremy Chardy, France
51. Andreas Seppi, Italy
53. Marcel Granollers, Spain
81. Somdev Devvarman, India
  • Andy Murray withdrawn due to wrist injury (16 February 2011).
  • Jurgen Melzer withdrawn to focus on Davis Cup preparation (18 February 2011).
New Dubai Tennis Stadium
  • A new Dubai Tennis Stadium is planned for the Emirates Rugby 7s area on the Dubai Al Ain Road (after Dubai Outlet Mall heading towards Al Ain).
  • Name will be the Dubai Duty Free Tennis Stadium as DDF will have the naming rights.
  • Stadium capacity might be 7,500-15,000 people (Aviation Club stadium capacity is 5,000 spectators) and could have a retractable roof.
  • Construction scheduled to start in July 2010 with new stadium expected to be ready for the 2012 Dubai Tennis Championship. The 2011 tournament will be held at the Dubai Aviation Club.
  • Information based on comments from Colm McLoughlin, Managing Director of Dubai Duty Free, reported in Gulf News 23 February 2010.
Dubai Tennis Championships (DTC) / Dubai Tennis Open background
  • The Dubai Tennis Open, more correctly known as The Dubai Tennis Championship, is a yearly event held in mid February to early March as part of the Association of Tennis Professionals (ATP) Tour for men and the Women's Tennnis Association (WTA) Tour for women, and is a great opportunity to see the top tennis players in the world battle it out on the tennis courts in Dubai. The tennis matches are held at the Aviation Club Tennis Centre in Garhood, where the Dubai Tennis Stadium is located, in Al Garhoud (on the Deira side of the Garhood Bridge). Games are played on outdoor hard courts. The 5000 seat Dubai Tennis Stadium first opened for tennis in February 1996 and has hosted the Dubai Tennis Championship games since then. There is one centre court, other matches are played on other Aviation Club tennis courts.
  • DTC tickets aren't quite the bargain that they were when the tournament first started, but at US$55 (AED 200) for the finals in 2010 (in the cheap seats), they're still good value for an opportunity to watch some first class tennis in great weather (rainy days are rare in the UAE). Or go on one of the first three days when prices are around US$10 (AED 30-50 dhs), and tickets are easier to get. Tickets for the finals sell out quickly when ticket sales are launched in early January, especially the Prime A tickets for the front two rows of center court, and Prime B tickets for the center of the North Stand.
  • From 2008 to 2010, the Dubai Tennis tournament will be known as the Barclays Dubai Tennis Championships, as Barclays signed a 3 year agreement in September 2007 to be the title sponsors. Dubai Duty Free (DDF) are the main organisers of the event, and stump up the prize money. The individual men's and women's competitions are called the Dubai Duty Free Men's Open and Dubai Duty Free Women's Open. The Dubai Duty Free Men's Open has won the ATP award for 'Tournament of the Year' several times, and the Dubai Duty Free Women's Open was given 'Tournament of the Year' award from the WTA in its first year - 2001.
  • The tournament started in 1993 for men and 2001 for women. Weather is almost always fantastic (there have been rain-stopped-play days once or twice in the late 1990s) with temperatures about 30 C and bright sunshine - bring sunscreen and water for the afternoon games. Evening games are in temperatures a couple of degrees lower.
  • For food and drink, there is the excellent Century Village with a fine selection of restaurants, and the famous (or infamous) Irish Village for Guinness and stew. Both areas are right underneath the Dubai Tennis Stadium, and are popular eating and drinking holes during the tennis open. It's another excuse for expats to go out and party but you do see some great tennis and it's much more civilised than the Dubai Rugby Sevens.
  • The Dubai Tennis Stadium is not only used for the Dubai Tennis Open. Concerts and other events take place here including concerts and performances by Bryan Adams, Coolio, Deep Purple, Shaggy, Sting, and Chris Eubank (he didn't sing).
Dubai Tennis Championship off-site matches and activities
  • 2011: Victoria Azarenka of Belarus took an Emirates A380 flight simulator for a drive at the Emirates Training College. She didn't play tennis in the cockpit, and unknown if she piloted it successfully for a landing at Court Number 1 at the Dubai Aviation Club (YouTube video at www.youtube.com/watch?v=Q9jyI9ajjgg).
  • 2008: Rafael Nadal took on some part time work and helped with the construction of the Burj Dubai by fastening a bolt, and testing the external lift up to the 158th floor.
  • 2007: Justine Henin and Svetlana Kuznetsova played a game in the desert (on astroturf) before the 2007 Dubai Tennis Championships in February. A few camels enjoyed the show.
  • 2006: Maria Sharapova and Lindsay Davenport knocked a tennis ball around inside Ski Dubai at Mall of the Emirates on some astro-turf set up for the occasion.
  • 2005: Andre Agassi and Roger Federer combined vertigo with timid serves on top of the helipad at the Burj Al Arab hotel in Dubai (photos on that page). About 300m above sea level.

Winners of previous Dubai Tennis Championships

Dubai Tennis Champions - Women
Dubai Tennis Champions - Men
2012
2011 Caroline Wozniacki won vs Svetlana Kuznetsova 6-1 6-3
2010 Venus Williams beat Victoria Azarenka 6-3 7-5
2009 Venus Williams beat Virginie Razzano
2008 Elena Dementieva beat Svetlana Kuznetsova
2007 Justine Henin
2006 Justine Henin-Hardenne
2005 Lindsay Davenport
2004 Justine Henin-Hardenne
2003 Justine Henin-Hardenne
2002 Amélie Mauresmo
2001 Martina Hingis
2012
2011 Novak Djokovic won vs Roger Federer 6-3 6-3
2010 Novak Djokovic beat Mikhail Youzhny 7-5 5-7 6-3
2009 Novak Djokovic beat David Ferrer
2008 Andy Roddick beat Feliciano Lopez
2007 Roger Federer
2006 Rafael Nadal
2005 Roger Federer
2004 Roger Federer
2003 Roger Federer
2002 Fabrice Santoro
2001 Jaun Carlos Ferrero
2000 Nicolas Kiefer
1999 Jerome Golmard
1998 Alex Corretja
1997 Thomas Muster
1996 Goran Ivanisevic
1995 Wayne Ferreira
1994 Magnus Gustafsson
1993 Karel Novacek
2011 Dubai Duty Free Dubai Tennis Championships
2010 Barclays Dubai Tennis Championships 14-27 February 2010
2009 figures, not confirmed for 2010 winner finalists semi-finalists quarter-finalists round 3 round 2 round 1
prizemoney $350,000 $175,000 $87,500 $40,000 $20,000 $10,275 $5,400
points 800 550 350 200 110 60 1
  • Prize money for 2010 winner was $383,000, and runner up received $180,000
2009 Barclays Dubai Tennis Championship 15-28 February 2009
  • Dubai Tennis Championships 2009 - player list and prize money details
  • Prize money $2 million for each of the men's and women's tournament with the winners each receiving $350,000.
  • Winner in Dubai for 2009 was Venus Williams in the women's and Novak Djokovic in the men's tournament
  • Dubai Tennis Open 2009 - forum topic with players, tickets, location details, and Israel Dubai Tennis controversy.
Israel Dubai visa controversy for Dubai Tennis Championships 2009
  • During the 2009 Dubai Tennis Open, Dubai denied a visa to the Israeli women's singles player, Shahar Peer (government policy is not to issue UAE visas to Israelis). Subsequent to that decision, a a "special permit " for a visa to enter the UAE was granted to Andy Ram, an Israeli men's doubles player, as a result of the threat of Dubai being removed from the tennis championship circuit. For 2010, Dubai was required to guarantee that Israeli nationals in the tournament would receive a visa, if Dubai wanted to remain on the tennis championship circuit. The organisers were also fined $300,000.
  • A tournament spokesperson was reported in The National on 05 January 2010 as saying "... the Tour has received written confirmation from the UAE Ministry of Interior that she [Shahar Peer] will be able to enter the UAE ..."
2008 Barclays Dubai Tennis Championship 25 February - 08 March 2008
  • Dubai Tennis Championship 2008 (forum topic) with dates, ticket prices, and other information.
  • Prize money $1.5 million total purse for the women's and men's competitions
2007 Dubai Tennis Open 19 February - 03 March 2007
  • Prize money increased to $1.5 million for each tournament, with $300,000 (AED 1.1 million) for each winner.
  • Details moved to Dubai Tennis Open 2007 forum topic
2006 Dubai Tennis Championships 20 February - 04 March 2006
  • Men's winner Rafael Nadal (beat Roger Federer)
  • Women's winner Justine Henin-Hardenne (beat Maria Sharapova) - called Justine Henin after split from husband.
  • Prize money total $1 million for men's tournament and the same for the women's tournament
2005 Dubai Tennis Championships
  • Dubai Duty Free the organiser and prize money provider
  • Prize money $600,000 for each of the men's and women's tournament
Last update Saturday 31-Mar-2012
Related pages
Related websites (new window)
  • www.atpworldtour.com - Association of Tennis Professionals (ATP) website, Men's tournaments, was at www.atptennis.com
  • www.dubaidutyfreetennischampionships.com - Dubai Duty Free Tennis Championships website
  • www.barclaysdubaitennischampionships.com - Old Dubai Tennis Championships official website (was at www.dubaitennischampionships.com), has DTC online radio during the tournament
  • www.wtatour.com - Sony Ericsson Women's Tennis Association (WTA) Tour website, Women's tournaments, was at www.sonyericssonwtatour.com.
  • news.bbc.co.uk/sport1/hi/photo_galleries/4289977.stm - photos of Burj Al Arab Helipad Open Roger Federer & Andre Agassi
  • www.dubaitennisopen.com is spam and not related to the Dubai Tennis Championship

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