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Mubadala World Tennis Championship Makes Way for the Best of the Women's Game

Experience vs youth as five-time Grand Slam champion Maria Sharapova and rising star Amanda Anisimova are set to debut in Abu Dhabi this December

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3 October 2019

Last updated on 22 December 2019
MWTC Women's Matches

Rising start Amanda Anisimova set to debut in Abu Dhabi this December

(Update Dec 11, 2019: Australian player Ajla Tomljanović replaces Amanda Anisimova for the women's game due to a sports injury.)

The Mubadala World Tennis Championship (MWTC) 2019 will once again bring the best of women’s tennis to Abu Dhabi as organisers today confirmed one of the sport’s most popular female players and a rising star of the game will go head-to-head at the International Tennis Centre at Zayed Sports City.

Five-time Grand Slam champion Maria Sharapova will put her experience to the test against 18-year-old sensation Amanda Anisimova, referred to by many in the game as ‘the new Sharapova’. Anisimova burst onto the scene earlier this year by beating world No.3 Simona Halep on her way to becoming the youngest American to reach the women’s French Open semi-finals since 1990.

The announcement of the female players comes just two days after 19-time Grand Slam ace Rafael Nadal and his 2019 US Open final opponent Daniil Medvedev were confirmed as the first two big shots for the six-man line-up, a further demonstration that Abu Dhabi continues to deliver the best in sport and entertainment.

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“In just over a decade, the Mubadala World Tennis Championship has earned and cemented its reputation as the people’s favourite event in Abu Dhabi. We strive to make way for the best with every edition and in Maria Sharapova and Amanda Anisimova, spectators will truly see the best of tennis, from the experience of a multiple Grand Slam champion to the future of the sport,” said John Lickrish, CEO, Flash Entertainment.

“Confirming four of the biggest names in tennis in a matter of days demonstrates the appeal of this championship amongst the players and its attraction for domestic and international visitors who will get an unmissable experience, a blend of the best tennis action on court and the best entertainment and interactive competitions off court.”

MWTC Women's Matches

Amanda will be facing her childhood idol Maria Sharapova at MWTC 2019

Sharapova is always a big draw wherever she plays and will prove a popular addition to the Mubadala World Tennis Championship when she lines up for her Abu Dhabi debut in December.

“I’ve been told December is a great time of year to visit and I want everyone to come and join us in having some fun,” said Sharapova.

For Anisimova, the Mubadala World Tennis Championship provides another opportunity to continue impressing on her fledging journey in tennis and test herself against the best.

“I will be making my first visit to Abu Dhabi and I want to make sure I’m bringing my A-game to the Mubadala World Tennis Championship and show the spectators what I can do,” said the 18-year-old.

With the Mubadala World Tennis Championship brought forward a week from its usual spot on the calendar, the new dates, 19-21 December, will enhance the festival feel of the championship for both fans and players.

Do not miss out!

Purchase your tickets today to see the best tennis players in action and enjoy tennis clinics, autograph signing sessions, question-and-answer sessions with the players and interactive competitions.

Tickets starting from AED 100 for Adults are now on sale at and Virgin Megastores across the UAE, with kids going free on Day One, for the second year running

Premier Hospitality Packages are also on sale, offering fans a premium F&B menu, premium courtside seating, an exclusive Q&A session with a star player and much more. More details are available on

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The Mubadala World Tennis Championship was launched in 2008 by FLASH Entertainment, the region’s leading events consultancy, in partnership with IMG. Now celebrating its 14th edition, the 2022 Mubadala World Tennis Championship will take place 16 to 18 December 2022 at the International Tennis Centre at Zayed Sports City.

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