Tsonga ready for amazing Abu Dhabi

Tsonga ready for amazing Abu Dhabi
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Published December 28th, 2015 - 18:27 GMT via SyndiGate.info

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Jo-Wilfried Tsonga
Jo-Wilfried Tsonga

Jo-Wilfried Tsonga rose to fame by virtue of his performance at the 2008 Australian Open where, as an unseeded player, he reached the final beating then World No.2 Rafael Nadal in the semi-finals. Since then the French powerhouse has firmly established himself on the world stage and now he is set to return to Abu Dhabi’s Mubadala World Tennis Championship for a fourth appearance in the capital.

The traditional curtain-raiser for the new tennis season takes place at the International Tennis Centre at Zayed Sports City between December 31 and January 2, gathering sports fans for three days of spectacular tennis action with a star-studded line-up all ready to get their 2016 campaigns underway in emphatic fashion. For Tsonga, it feels almost like coming home.

“I love coming to Abu Dhabi and I was sad to miss out last year due to an unfortunate injury. The atmosphere is always amazing and it’s really competitive with such good players in the line-up every year. Hopefully I can get the new season off to a good start in Abu Dhabi and show the fans that I appreciate their support,” he said.

Tsonga is no stranger to momentous sporting occasions, having won 12 career titles and having represented his country both at the London 2012 Olympics and at the prestigious Davis Cup this year. In Abu Dhabi the 30-year-old will join superstars Rafael Nadal, David Ferrer, Milos Raonic, Kevin Anderson and Stan Wawrinka. The last-named’s achievement from 2014, where the Swiss ace went on to win the Australian Open some 25 days after having competed in the Mubadala World Tennis Championship, is something which inspires Tsonga.

“I think that just shows how important the Abu Dhabi tournament is. Whoever can find their form early enough will be off to a good start ahead of the season’s first Grand Slam tournament in Australia, and for me the Mubadala World Tennis Championship is a unique opportunity to get off to a flyer in 2016,”

Tennis fans across the UAE can expect some tantalizing showdowns during the three-day tennis championship in the capital, and already in the opening match there is a mouth-watering tie with Tsonga facing Ferrer. The winner will have to overcome Nadal in the semi-final to go on for this chance to win the coveted Mubadala World Tennis Championship trophy and the $250,000 cash prize.

The Mubadala World Tennis Championship will take place from 31st December – 2nd January 2016 at the International Tennis Centre at Zayed Sports City. For those fans who do not want to miss out on the action, tickets are available for the Mubadala World Tennis Championship at www.ticketmaster.ae and all Virgin Megastores, or by calling 800 TMUAE (86 823) or +971 4 3662289 for International calls.

GP race ticket holders can benefit from a 20% discount on Category 2 tickets for the Mubadala World Tennis Championship 2016 through the Y1 Access program.

For more information about MWTC 2016, please visit www.mubadalawtc.com or www.facebook.com/mubadalaworldtennischampionship.

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