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An ATP 500, the event is held at the Aviation Club Tennis Centre in Dubai from 26th Feb - 2nd March.

The strong player field is headed by defending champion Daniil Medvedev and Andrey Rublev.

Andy didn't play here last year so has no ranking points to defend.

The draw takes place on Saturday at 1:00 pm local, 9:00 am GMT.  Dubai is GMT+4.

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Mensik is an 18 year old from Czechia and is the youngest player in the top 200 of the Pepperstone ATP Rankings with a ranking of No. 116.  In May 2023 he won his first Challenger, the 2023 Sparta Prague Open defeating Dominik Koepfer in just his sixth Challenger main-draw appearance, becoming the youngest Czech Challenger champion in history at 17 years old.  He qualified for the US Open, reaching the 3rd round where he lost to Taylor Fritz.  This year he qualified for the Australian Open defeating Denis Shapovalov in straight sets in round 1 before losing to Hubert Hurkacz in five sets.  He next reached the semi-finals of the Manama Challenger in Bahrain.  Selected under the #NextGen programme to compete at the Qatar Open, he upset the No. 5 seed Alejandro Davidovich Fokina 7-6(3), 6-4 i...
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The two have met before, in the quarter-finals here last year with Andy winning 4-6, 6-1, 6-2.

27 year old Müller is currently at his highest ranking of No. 71, achieved on 29th January this year (a year ago it was No. 170).   Having battled Crohn's disease since the age of 14, Müller last year enjoyed the best season of his career.  In addition to reaching the quarter-finals in Doha, he reached the final of the Grand Prix Hassan II, defeating top seed Lorenzo Musetti en route, but lost to Roberto Carballes Baena.  This was enough to see him break into the top 100.  At the Italian Open he defeated Kyle Edmund in round 1.  He then claimed his first Challenger title at the Emilia-Romagna Open.  He made his Slam debut at Wimbledon, defeating Arthur Rinderknech in the first round be...
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An ATP 250, the tournament is held at the Khalifa International Tennis and Squash Complex in Doha from 19th-24th February.

Andy. who lifted the title in 2008 (def. Stan Wawrinka) and 2009 (def. Andy Roddick), reached the final here last year but lost to Daniil Medvedev in straight sets.

The player field is headed by Andrey Rublev (Medvedev having withdrawn) and Karen Khachanov.  Other seeds are Ugo Humbert, Alexander Bublik, Alejandro Davidovich Fokina, Jan-Lennard Struff, Lorenzo Musetti and Tallon Griekspoor.

Doha is GMT+3.

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23 year old Machac is a Czech player who has a current ranking of No. 66 (highest No. 64 in October 2023).  He has 5 Challenger titles.  

At the 2023 U.S. Men's Clay Court Championships he reached his first ATP quarter-final as a qualifier defeating Jack Sock and seventh seed Marcos Giron before losing to Yannick Hanfmann.  At the Stockholm Open he entered the main draw as a lucky loser replacing fourth seed Alejandro Davidovich Fokina directly into the second round.  He then defeated Stan Wawrinka in straight sets to reach his second ATP quarter-final but lost to Laslo Djere in three close sets.  He started this season by qualifying for the Brisbane International then beating seventh seed Tomas Martín Etcheverry for his first ATP win of the season.  At the Australian Open he re...
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The Open 13 Provence is played on indoor hard courts.  It will be the 32nd edition of the Open 13 and one of the ATP Tour 250 series.  It will take place at the Palais des Sports in Marseille from 5th - 11th February.  The tournament was founded in 1993 and was the project of former tennis player and native of Marseille Jean-Francois Caujolle, who is now its Director.  The number 13 in the tournament name is the INSEE (Institut National de la Statistique et des Etudes Economiques) code of the Bouches-du-Rhone department, of which Marseille is the capital.

Andy has only played here once before, in 2008 when he won the title by defeating Mario Ancic in straight sets.

The player field is headed by the defending champion, world No. 8 Hubert Hurkacz.   Grigor Dimitrov wil...
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