Top Stars Arrive in Doha

Some of the best players in the world experiencing Qatari hospitality during the photoshoot at Katara Cultural Village in Doha (photo: Qatar ExxonMobil Open)

DOHA, December 30, 2018

World No.1 Novak Djokovic has arrived in Doha to participate in the 2019 Qatar ExxonMobil Open to be held from December 31, 2018 to January 5, 2019 at the Khalifa International Tennis and Squash Complex. The 31-year-old Serbian was met on arrival by top officials of the Qatar Tennis, Squash and Badminton Federation (QTSBF) as well as enthusiastic fans who trooped out in appreciable numbers to welcome their star player to Doha.

14-time Grand Slam champion Djokovic, who lifted his fourth Abu Dhabi crown at the Mubadala World Tennis Championship on Satuday, is aiming to make history as only the second player, after Swiss maestro Roger Federer, to lift the trophy for a third time since the tournament began 27 years ago.

The 2016 and 2017 champion, who pulled out of the last tournament due to injury, has had an impressive season in 2018, winning the Wimbledon and the US Open alongside a host of other titles. Djokovic will open his ATP Tour season against Damir Dzumhur from Bosnia and Herzegovina. He will also step into doubles action teaming up with his brother Marko.

No. 2 seeded Austrian Dominic Thiem will open his campaign in Doha against Pierre-Hugues Herbert of France. The tournament’s No. 3 Karen Khachanov will face Stan Wawrinka of Switzland, who is making his return to the courts for the first time since the Shanghai Masters in October.