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Dubai Tennis Championships

Dubai Duty Free Tennis Championships
Tournament information
Tour ATP World Tour
WTA Tour
Founded 1993
Location Dubai, United Arab Emirates
Venue Aviation Club Tennis Centre
Category ATP World Tour 500
WTA Premier
Surface Hard (Outdoor)
Draw 32S/16Q/16D (men)
28S/32Q/16D (women)
Prize money US$1,928,340 (men)
US$2,000,000 (women)
Website Official website
Current champions (2014)
Men's singles Roger Federer
Women's singles Venus Williams
Men's doubles Rohan Bopanna
Aisam-ul-Haq Qureshi
Women's doubles Alla Kudryavtseva
Anastasia Rodionova

The Dubai Tennis Championships (also known as the Dubai Duty Free Tennis Championships for sponsorship reasons) (formerly known for sponsorship reasons as the Barclays Dubai Tennis Championships and the Dubai Duty Free Men's and Women's Championships) is a professional Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice-President and Prime Minister of the UAE and ruler of Dubai. In 2001 the ATP upgraded the tournament from a 250 level to a more prestigious 500 level tournament.

Contents

  • History 1
  • 2009 Shahar Pe'er visa controversy 2
  • Past finals 3
    • Men's singles 3.1
    • Women's singles 3.2
    • Men's doubles 3.3
    • Women's doubles 3.4
  • References 4
  • External links 5

History

Dubai Tennis Championships in 2006

For five years Swiss Roger Federer, on the men's side, and Belgian Justine Henin, on the women's side, dominated the singles' tournaments. Between 2003 and 2007, Federer and Henin each won the singles title four times. However, in 2008, neither player managed to reach the finals; Andy Roddick and Elena Dementieva became the new champions. Currently, the reigning champions are Roger Federer and Venus Williams.

2009 Shahar Pe'er visa controversy

In February 2009, Israeli player Shahar Pe'er was denied an entry visa by the United Arab Emirates, a country that does not have diplomatic relations with Israel. Tournament director Salah Tahlak said that Pe'er was refused on the grounds that her appearance could incite anger in the Arab country, after she had already faced protests earlier at the ASB Classic over the 2008–2009 Israel–Gaza conflict.[1] A number of top-seeded players, among them Venus Williams,[2] condemned the action to not grant Pe'er a visa.

In response, the Dubai Tennis Championship was fined a record US$300,000. The fine was appealed by DTC, but the WTA Tour Board rejected the appeal.[3] Pe'er was awarded a guarantee to enter the next (2010) edition of the event, plus US$44,250, an amount equal to the average prize money she earned per tournament in 2008.[4] A number of highly ranked tennis players, including 2008 winner Andy Roddick, pulled out of the men's event (ATP 500 Dubai) which was scheduled to take place the week after the women's event. As a result, the UAE issued Israeli Andy Ram a visa for the men's tournament.[5]

Past finals

In the men's singles, Roger Federer (winner in 2003–05, 2007, 2012, 2014, runner-up in 2006, 2011) holds the records for most titles (six), most finals (eight), and most consecutive titles (three), sharing the last record with Novak Djokovic (winner in 2009–11, 2013). In the women's singles, Justine Henin (2003–04, 2006–07) holds the record for most titles (four) and shares with Venus Williams (2009–10, 2014) the record for most consecutive titles (two). In men's doubles, Mahesh Bhupathi (1998, 2004, 2008, 2012–13) has won the most overall titles (five), and co-holds with Grant Connell (1995–96) the record for most consecutive titles (two). In women's doubles, Liezel Huber (2007–09, 2011–12) took the most titles (five) and, alongside partner Cara Black (2007–09), the most back-to-back titles (three).

Men's singles

Roger Federer (winner in 2003–05, 2007, 2012, 2014, runner-up in 2006, 2011) holds all records in Dubai, for most titles (six), most finals (eight), and most back-to-back titles (three).
Novak Djokovic (2009–11, 2013) shares with Federer the record for most consecutive titles (three).
Year Champion Runner-up Score
1993 Karel Nováček Fabrice Santoro 6–4, 7–5
1994 Magnus Gustafsson Sergi Bruguera 6–4, 6–2
1995 Wayne Ferreira Andrea Gaudenzi 6–3, 6–3
1996 Goran Ivanišević Albert Costa 6–4, 6–3
1997 Thomas Muster Goran Ivanišević 7–5, 7–6(7–3)
1998 Àlex Corretja Félix Mantilla 7–6(7–0), 6–1
1999 Jérôme Golmard Nicolas Kiefer 6–4, 6–2
2000 Nicolas Kiefer Juan Carlos Ferrero 7–5, 4–6, 6–3
2001 Juan Carlos Ferrero Marat Safin 6–2, 3–1 retired
2002 Fabrice Santoro Younes El Aynaoui 6–4, 3–6, 6–3
2003 Roger Federer Jiří Novák 6–1, 7–6(7–2)
2004 Roger Federer Feliciano López 4–6, 6–1, 6–2
2005 Roger Federer Ivan Ljubičić 6–1, 6–7(6–8), 6–3
2006 Rafael Nadal Roger Federer 2–6, 6–4, 6–4
2007 Roger Federer Mikhail Youzhny 6–4, 6–3
2008 Andy Roddick Feliciano López 6–7(8–10), 6–4, 6–2
2009 Novak Djokovic David Ferrer 7–5, 6–3
2010 Novak Djokovic Mikhail Youzhny 7–5, 5–7, 6–3
2011 Novak Djokovic Roger Federer 6–3, 6–3
2012 Roger Federer Andy Murray 7–5, 6–4
2013 Novak Djokovic Tomáš Berdych 7–5, 6–3
2014 Roger Federer Tomáš Berdych 3–6, 6–4, 6–3

Women's singles

Justine Henin (2003–04, 2006–07) collected a record total of four singles titles in Dubai.
Year Champion Runner-up Score
↓  Premier tournament   ↓
2001 Martina Hingis Nathalie Tauziat 6–4, 6–4
2002 Amélie Mauresmo Sandrine Testud 6–4, 7–6(7–3)
2003 Justine Henin-Hardenne Monica Seles 4–6, 7–6(7–4), 7–5
2004 Justine Henin-Hardenne Svetlana Kuznetsova 7–6(7–3), 6–3
2005 Lindsay Davenport Jelena Janković 6–4, 3–6, 6–4
2006 Justine Henin-Hardenne Maria Sharapova 7–5, 6–2
2007 Justine Henin Amélie Mauresmo 6–4, 7–5
2008 Elena Dementieva Svetlana Kuznetsova 4–6, 6–3, 6–2
↓  Premier 5 tournament   ↓
2009 Venus Williams Virginie Razzano 6–4, 6–2
2010 Venus Williams Victoria Azarenka 6–3, 7–5
2011 Caroline Wozniacki Svetlana Kuznetsova 6–1, 6–3
↓  Premier tournament   ↓
2012 Agnieszka Radwańska Julia Görges 7–5, 6–4
2013 Petra Kvitová Sara Errani 6–2, 1–6, 6–1
2014 Venus Williams Alizé Cornet 6–3, 6–0

Men's doubles

Mahesh Bhupathi (1998, 2004, 2008, 2012–13) took five doubles titles at the tournament, each time with a different partner.
Year Champions Runners-up Score
1993 John Fitzgerald
Anders Järryd
Grant Connell
Patrick Galbraith
6–2, 6–1
1994 Todd Woodbridge
Mark Woodforde
Darren Cahill
John Fitzgerald
6–7, 6–4, 6–2
1995 Grant Connell
Patrick Galbraith
Tomás Carbonell
Francisco Roig
6–2, 4–6, 6–3
1996 Grant Connell
Byron Black
Karel Nováček
Jiří Novák
6–0, 6–1
1997 Sander Groen
Goran Ivanišević
Sandon Stolle
Cyril Suk
7–6, 6–3
1998 Mahesh Bhupathi
Leander Paes
Donald Johnson
Francisco Montana
6–2, 7–5
1999 Wayne Black
Sandon Stolle
David Adams
John-Laffnie de Jager
4–6, 6–1, 6–4
2000 Jiří Novák
David Rikl
Robbie Koenig
Peter Tramacchi
6–2, 7–5
2001 Joshua Eagle
Sandon Stolle
Daniel Nestor
Nenad Zimonjić
6–4, 6–4
2002 Mark Knowles
Daniel Nestor
Joshua Eagle
Sandon Stolle
3–6, 6–3, [13–11]
2003 Leander Paes
David Rikl
Wayne Black
Kevin Ullyett
6–3, 6–0
2004 Mahesh Bhupathi
Fabrice Santoro
Jonas Björkman
Leander Paes
6–2, 4–6, 6–4
2005 Martin Damm
Radek Štěpánek
Jonas Björkman
Fabrice Santoro
6–2, 6–4
2006 Paul Hanley
Kevin Ullyett
Mark Knowles
Daniel Nestor
1–6, 6–2, [10–1]
2007 Fabrice Santoro
Nenad Zimonjić
Mahesh Bhupathi
Radek Štěpánek
7–5, 6–7(3–7), [10–7]
2008 Mahesh Bhupathi
Mark Knowles
Martin Damm
Pavel Vízner
7–5, 7–6(9–7)
2009 Rik de Voest
Dmitry Tursunov
Martin Damm
Robert Lindstedt
4–6, 6–3, [10–5]
2010 Simon Aspelin
Paul Hanley
Lukáš Dlouhý
Leander Paes
6–2, 6–3
2011 Sergiy Stakhovsky
Mikhail Youzhny
Jérémy Chardy
Feliciano López
4–6, 6–3, [10–3]
2012 Mahesh Bhupathi
Rohan Bopanna
Mariusz Fyrstenberg
Marcin Matkowski
6–4, 3–6, [10–5]
2013 Mahesh Bhupathi
Michaël Llodra
Robert Lindstedt
Nenad Zimonjić
7–6(8–6), 7–6(8–6)
2014 Rohan Bopanna
Aisam-ul-Haq Qureshi
Daniel Nestor
Nenad Zimonjić
6–4, 6–3

Women's doubles

Liezel Huber (2007–09, 2011–12) is the most successful player in women's doubles, with five titles in Dubai.
Year Champions Runners-up Score
↓  Premier tournament   ↓
2001 Yayuk Basuki
Caroline Vis
Åsa Svensson
Karina Habšudová
6–0, 4–6, 6–2
2002 Barbara Rittner
María Vento-Kabchi
Sandrine Testud
Roberta Vinci
6–3, 6–2
2003 Svetlana Kuznetsova
Martina Navrátilová
Cara Black
Elena Likhovtseva
6–3, 7–6(9–7)
2004 Janette Husárová
Conchita Martínez
Svetlana Kuznetsova
Elena Likhovtseva
6–0, 1–6, 6–3
2005 Virginia Ruano Pascual
Paola Suárez
Svetlana Kuznetsova
Alicia Molik
6–7(7–9), 6–2, 6–1
2006 Květa Peschke
Francesca Schiavone
Svetlana Kuznetsova
Nadia Petrova
3–6, 7–6(7–1), 6–3
2007 Cara Black
Liezel Huber
Svetlana Kuznetsova
Alicia Molik
7–6(8–6), 6–4
2008 Cara Black
Liezel Huber
Zheng Jie
Yan Zi
7–5, 6–2
↓  Premier 5 tournament   ↓
2009 Cara Black
Liezel Huber
Maria Kirilenko
Agnieszka Radwańska
6–3, 6–3
2010 Nuria Llagostera Vives
María José Martínez Sánchez
Květa Peschke
Katarina Srebotnik
7–6(7–5), 6–4
2011 Liezel Huber
María José Martínez Sánchez
Květa Peschke
Katarina Srebotnik
7–6(7–5), 6–3
↓  Premier tournament   ↓
2012 Liezel Huber
Lisa Raymond
Sania Mirza
Elena Vesnina
6–2, 6–1
2013 Bethanie Mattek-Sands
Sania Mirza
Nadia Petrova
Katarina Srebotnik
6–4, 2–6, [10–7]
2014 Alla Kudryavtseva
Anastasia Rodionova
Raquel Kops-Jones
Abigail Spears
6–2, 5–7, [10–8]

References

  1. ^ "Dubai faces censure over Peer ban".  
  2. ^ Mondays With Bob Greene: We do not wish to politicize sports
  3. ^ http://fr.jpost.com/servlet/Satellite?cid=1242212395267&pagename=JPost/JPArticle/ShowFull
  4. ^ "Dubai given record fine over Peer". BBC News. February 20, 2009. Retrieved May 1, 2010. 
  5. ^ "WTA fines Dubai; Roddick withdraws". ESPN. 

External links

  • ATP tournament profile
  • Official website
  • Dubai Duty Free Tennis Championships - Dubai Events Official Listings
Awards and achievements
Preceded by
Kitzbühel
ATP International Series Tournament of the Year
1997
Succeeded by
Lyon & Scottsdale
Preceded by
Montréal
Favorite WTA Tier I - II Tournament
2001, 2002
Succeeded by
Moscow
Preceded by
Kitzbühel
Acapulco
ATP World Tour 500 Tournament of the Year
2003-2006
2008-present
Succeeded by
Acapulco
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