Nadal enjoys foot-tennis in Abu Dhabi

Nadal enjoys foot-tennis in Abu Dhabi
Rafael Nadal impresses Hyeon Chung with his football skills. (Supplied photo)

Abu Dhabi - Rafael Nadal, the current World No.1, and 2017 Next Gen ATP Finals winner Hyeon Chung, exchanged volleys and jokes

By KT Report

Published: Wed 18 Dec 2019, 9:54 PM

Last updated: Wed 18 Dec 2019, 11:58 PM

Two of the star attractions at this week's Mubadala World Tennis Championship, which starts on December 19, have eased into Abu Dhabi action with a friendly game of foot-tennis at the International Tennis Centre, Zayed Sports City.
Rafael Nadal, the current World No.1, and 2017 Next Gen ATP Finals winner Hyeon Chung, exchanged volleys and jokes over the Mubadala World Tennis Championship net as they prepared for the three-day tournament, a press release said.
The pair are among six male and two female players contesting eight games in three days during the 12th edition of the tournament. The men's field also includes World No.2 Novak Djokovic, 2019 ATP Tour Finals winner Stefanos Tsitsipas and Russian duo Andrey Rublev and Russia's Karen Khachanov.
The tournament's women's match on Thursday will see five-time Grand Slam winner Maria Sharapova play Australia's Fed Cup finalist Ajla Tomaljanovic at 8pm on December 19.
Ahead of Thursday's opening matches, Nadal and Chung - who will meet in the semifinals if the Korean advances past Khachanov in Thursday's second quarterfinal - were also presented with personalised Al Jazira Football Club shirts by the UAE capital team's goalkeeper, Ali Khaseif.
Aside from the live tennis as the world's best players competing in eight matches from Thursday to Saturday, ticket holders can make the most of excellent food and beverage offerings in the Tennis Village, or make a beeline for tennis clinics, autograph and Q&A sessions with the players.
The Championship also has a host of tennis-themed activities and competitions offering great prizes, including the chance to win a year's free Deliveroo (worth AED 30,000), and daily exercise classes from Abu Dhabi fitness chain, The Room.
A recent Yasalam Emerging Talent Competition participant will entertain crowds with a live set on Friday, December 20, while the Tennis Village is also home to the Mubadala Interactive Zone featuring games and challenges.

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