Murray to star in Abu Dhabi

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Andy Murray is set to play in the Mubadala World Tennis Championship exhibition tournament for the first time since the tournament's inauguration in 2009, where two time champion Rafael Nadal is hoping to make his return to the sport. Novak Djokovic, David Ferrer, Tomas Berdych and Janko Tipsarevic also feature.

The tournament runs from the 27th to the 29th of December and finishes two days prior to the start of the new tennis season. Due to a mix up with the seeding, the US Open champion finds himself seeded third and will face Janko Tipsarevic in the first round on Wednesday 27th December at 5pm local time. The winner will face Rafael Nadal in the semi-finals.

Although only an exhibition tournament, and thus no ranking points on offer, it is still expected that the players will be looking to take this tournament seriously with the new season lurking just around the corner.
Thanks for the info TMH Smile

Waiting for 27th...
December 20, 2012, 01:00 PM
By Sabine

Is it the first time Luke?  I remember he played in something similar I think it was 3 years ago and won it but perhaps it was a different exhibition tournament in same part of the world? It had the top players I remember.
December 20, 2012, 02:05 PM
By Ruthie

Is it the first time Luke?  I remember he played in something similar I think it was 3 years ago and won it but perhaps it was a different exhibition tournament in same part of the world? It had the top players I remember.
It appears you are right, bad research on my part. Thanks, will update the OP.
December 20, 2012, 02:28 PM
By TheMadHatter

Is it being covered by tv ?
December 20, 2012, 06:11 PM
By Tessie

Is it being covered by tv ?

It'll be on Sky.
December 20, 2012, 06:26 PM
By batz

no it's only on ESPN but if you have sky sports you can upgrade for £10 for a month
December 20, 2012, 07:22 PM
By Ruthie

I'm looking forward to see Nadal back in action - purely to see how he performs after his six month lay-off.  An Andy/Rafa match should be very interesting, if Andy beats Tipsy.

Btw - Abu Dhabi is GMT+4, so 5 pm=1 pm here.
December 21, 2012, 01:49 AM
By Aileen

Andy better beat tipsy or i will be hunting him down lol  pray ......i have just added espn to my sky package soley for this. So i want my moneys worth, on saying that brisbane isnt on my sky package so at least i will catch that also albeit from quarter finals.
December 21, 2012, 07:11 AM
By angiebabez

I can't see how Andy is going to manage in Brisbane just a few days later, especially if he gets to the final, because he faces a 15 hour flight and also Brisbane is 6 hrs ahead of AD.  But Shrug
December 21, 2012, 10:35 AM
By Aileen

I can't see how Andy is going to manage in Brisbane just a few days later, especially if he gets to the final, because he faces a 15 hour flight and also Brisbane is 6 hrs ahead of AD.  But Shrug

1st Round he'll get a bye anyway.
December 21, 2012, 11:27 AM
By ProdigyEng

1st Round he'll get a bye anyway.
Oh yeah, that's changed from previous years then.

He shouldn't start 'til Wednesday then, maybe Thursday. Abu Dhabi finishes on Saturday so he'll be in Brisbane by Monday at latest. Jet lag shouldn't be much of a problem (it's just one flight, albeit a long one) and he'll have a day or two to prepare (although hopefully he'll already be in game mode after AD).

First match will be the real test. Hopefully he avoids the likes of Hewitt.
December 21, 2012, 11:36 AM
By TheMadHatter

Oh yeah, that's changed from previous years then.

He shouldn't start 'til Wednesday then, maybe Thursday. Abu Dhabi finishes on Saturday so he'll be in Brisbane by Monday at latest. Jet lag shouldn't be much of a problem (it's just one flight, albeit a long one) and he'll have a day or two to prepare (although hopefully he'll already be in game mode after AD).

First match will be the real test. Hopefully he avoids the likes of Hewitt.

My bad. I thought Lower level tournaments the top seeds always got a 1st round bye or is that just in 500 and 1000 level tournaments?
December 21, 2012, 12:10 PM
By ProdigyEng

First match will be the real test. Hopefully he avoids the likes of Hewitt.
Rusty is hungry to play Andy, and says he is fully fit for the first time in a long time.
December 21, 2012, 12:12 PM
By scotnadian

Oh yeah, that's changed from previous years then.

He shouldn't start 'til Wednesday then, maybe Thursday. Abu Dhabi finishes on Saturday so he'll be in Brisbane by Monday at latest. Jet lag shouldn't be much of a problem (it's just one flight, albeit a long one) and he'll have a day or two to prepare (although hopefully he'll already be in game mode after AD).

First match will be the real test. Hopefully he avoids the likes of Hewitt.
He's had problems with jetlag in the past, but I guess he knows best!  I see that Raonic is playing as well - another one to be avoided.

Any idea when the draw will take place?
December 21, 2012, 12:57 PM
By Aileen

My bad. I thought Lower level tournaments the top seeds always got a 1st round bye or is that just in 500 and 1000 level tournaments?
Most 250's are 28 man draws, but a fair few are 32 man draws (and thus, no byes). Just depends on the tournament. I'm sure Brisbane's always been a 32 (Bt Kukushkin in 3 last year) but this year it is indeed only a 28 person draw.

Google ATP schedule and click the Wiki link for all the info on all the tournaments. I would link it but currently on my phone.

Aileen the draw is usually done on the Saturday before the tournament, so around the 29th. Scary how close it is actually.
December 21, 2012, 03:57 PM
By TheMadHatter

Aileen the draw is usually done on the Saturday before the tournament, so around the 29th. Scary how close it is actually.
Thanks.  I wasn't sure if it was Saturday or Friday.  Yes, it's hard to believe that what at one point seemed so far off is on the point of becoming reality!
December 21, 2012, 04:06 PM
By Aileen

I'm looking forward to Abu Dhabi; it's just an exo but it'll be fun to watch anyhow. Hope I can find streaming.
December 21, 2012, 09:15 PM
By janetx

I'm looking forward to Abu Dhabi; it's just an exo but it'll be fun to watch anyhow. Hope I can find streaming.
Try http://www.streamhunter.eu/tennis-live-streaming-video.html   That's usually where I find my streaming.
December 21, 2012, 10:41 PM
By Aileen

I'm looking forward to Abu Dhabi; it's just an exo but it'll be fun to watch anyhow. Hope I can find streaming.
me 2! So missing my tennis & andy........roll on thursday  clap
December 22, 2012, 02:24 AM
By angiebabez

I've just upgraded my sky subscription to take espn.  A word of warning: they told me that once you've downgraded again, any recording from espn on your hard disk won't work.
Can't believe that it's less than a week to go before Andy on court again. Been so busy that not really had time to miss it/him.   
December 22, 2012, 05:01 PM
By Ruthie

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