Murray, Nadal kick off Abu Dhabi festivities

World No.1 Andy Murray and 14-time Grand Slam champion Rafael Nadal stopped traffic during a friendly hit on the Al Maryah Island Bridge in Abu Dhabi on Wednesday as they prepared for the start of the 2017 season. It marked a ceremonial start to the Mubadala World Tennis Championship, which officially gets underway on Thursday with a pair of quarterfinal matches.

The annual six-man event is taking place at the International Tennis Centre, Zayed Sports City from Thursday through Saturday. This year’s star-stunned lineup includes Murray, Nadal, world No.3 Milos Raonic, 10th-ranked Tomas Berdych, flamboyant Frenchman Jo-Wilfried Tsonga, and tournament rookie David Goffin.


“It’s always good to be in Abu Dhabi,” said Murray, the reigning Wimbledon champion who finished a year No. 1 in the world for the first time in his career by beating Novak Djokovic in the World Tour Finals championship match this fall. “I’ve been coming here for so many years and it works as a place to start into the season. I know I’m going to get the practice and matches I need. I worked so hard to get to world No. 1 and I’ve been training hard in Miami. But after a few days off at home for Christmas, I’m ready to play.”

“It’s good to be back,” Nadal noted. “I feel fit, healthy, and ready to go. I’ve got some good memories from winning in Abu Dhabi, so hopefully I can play well again and get some good match practice.”

Opening day will pit Nadal against Berdych and Tsonga against Goffin. Murray awaits either Tsonga or Goffin, while Raonic will face the winner of the Nadal-Berdych clash.


17 Comments on Murray, Nadal kick off Abu Dhabi festivities

  1. Murray’s body language suggested he was out for a practice, nothing more. Didn’t get upset as usual when he’s not playing well.

    Contrast that to Rafa who looks like it’s an ATP event.

    Speaking of, Rafa just broke for 3-1 in the third set.

      • As Fed has said, it’s one thing to get to No. 1. Quite another to stay there.

        No signs of Nole taking tennis seriously again so far.

        I think Fed will capitalize and get his 18th at least in 2017,

        Jury is out on Fedal. Rafa looking good in exho (great first step) but Brisbane will give us a better picture.

        I’m more focused on his mental strength (nothing new) reflected in his serve and shot depth.

  2. Pau Ferragut ‏@PauFerragut 9m9 minutes ago
    #Nadal: “Win two matches against two great players are always good news. I hope to be ready to face a talented opponent like Goffin”.

    Pau Ferragut ‏@PauFerragut 13m13 minutes ago
    #Nadal will face #Goffin on Saturday, not before 3.00pm (GMT+4) trying to reach his fourth #AbuDhabi title and the second in a row.

  3. Pau Ferragut ‏@PauFerragut 1h1 hour ago
    #Nadal eating something similar to chocolate at court change. I don’t remember that before. Maybe a new weapon. Who knows…

  4. Mary no i wasnt here a year ago, as for Amy she has always been nice to me, and sounds pretty objective to me, but you can be a fan of many players, and can also change whom you root for from time to time, who is she then i dont understand ? ….

Comments are closed.

in the same Rolex Cellini Replica style as the team replica watches. I find the engraving far more satisfying, but would have liked to see a bit more depth to it. There is a little more branding on the PRC200. Firstly, Burberry handbags the 6 oclock sub-dial sports a basketball image in grey. Additionally, the pushers are edged with red (top) and blue (bottom), Breitling Replica Watches UK which is, to me, the coolest thing.
Skip to toolbar