Monfils looks forward to playing in Mubadala Tennis Championship
Gael Monfils will make a return to Abu Dhabi after an eight-year gap.
Abu Dhabi - Spectators are now guaranteed to see five of the world's 10 best male players in action.
The Mubadala World Tennis Championship (MWTC) aims to make way for the best, and upholding that promise, the organisers have confirmed World No. 10 Gael Monfils as the latest addition to 2019's stellar line-up.
Spectators are now guaranteed to see five of the world's 10 best male players in action at the Arabian Gulf's leading tennis experience, a press release stated. The 12th edition of the Mubadala World Tennis Championship will run from Dec.19-21 at Abu Dhabi's International Tennis Centre, at Zayed Sports City.
Monfils, 33, marks his return to Abu Dhabi after eight years, having last played in the Capital in December 2011. Monfils' arrival sees him join MWTC's 2019 field brimming with class, one that includes World No. 1 Rafael Nadal, No. 2 Novak Djokovic, No. 5 Daniil Medvedev; and No. 6 and 2019 ATP Tour Final winner Stefanos Tsitsipas.
Five-time Grand Slam champion Maria Sharapova also ups the star quotient of the Championship's line-up, who is slated to take on therising star Amanda Anisimova in the women's match on day one.
Monfils has enjoyed an impressive 2019, clinching the title at the ABN AMRO World Tennis Tournament in Rotterdam, where he defeated fellow 2019 MWTC competitor Daniil Medvedev, before making the quarterfinals of the US Open in August.
Armed with a strong and highly accurate serve, Monfils' has earned a reputation for performances that are high on athleticism and consistency. With eight career titles to his name on the ATP circuit, Monfils has also reached the semifinals of the French and the US Open.
"Bringing the World's best tennis players to Abu Dhabi is something that we take seriously at the Mubadala World Tennis Championship. Monfils' confirmation is proof of our desire to bring the global tennis elite to the UAE's capital and treat spectators to the unique opportunity of watching five of the ten best males players in the World in a unique festival," said John Lickrish, CEO Flash Entertainment.
Monfils said that he was eager to return to Abu Dhabi and compete at a tournament that he has seen grow from strength to strength in a short period of time.
"Having played in Abu Dhabi before, I know the special atmosphere of this Championship and I am really excited to be coming back. I am looking forward to going up against a strong field and I believe that it will be the perfect way to begin an important season," he said.