2021 Mubadala World Tennis Championship: Draw, Players, Fixtures, Prize Money and Live Streaming

Find out the details about the 2021 Mubadala World Tennis Championship, the upcoming 3-day exhibition event in Abu Dhabi starting 16th December.

Rafael Nadal, Belinda Bencic, Andy Murray will all feature at the 2021 Mubadala World Tennis Championship
Rafael Nadal, Belinda Bencic, Andy Murray will all feature at the 2021 Mubadala World Tennis Championship

The 2021 Mubadala World Tennis Championship is a 3-day exhibition tournament held every year at the International Tennis Centre at the Zayed Sports City in Abu Dhabi. The inaugural season was played in 2009 and since then the tournament has been held every year except for the 2020 season as the Pandemic affected lots of tournaments. This year the tournament is scheduled between 16th to 18th December.

The tournament has seen many legends of the game come and play with Rafael Nadal being the most successful player with 5 titles to his name closely followed by Novak Djokovic who has 4 titles to his name. Until 2017, the tournament was men’s only but since Serena Williams played Jelena Ostapenko in 2017, a one-off match between two WTA players is also held.

2021 Mubadala World Tennis Championship: Draws and Players

Andy Murray
Andy Murray

In the one-off match, Tokyo Olympics singles gold medallist World No. 23 Belinda Bencic will be taking on World No. 10 Ons Jabeur who won her first WTA title this year while also reaching the quarter-finals of the 2021 Wimbledon and the semis at Indian Wells while narrowly missing out on a place in the 2021 WTA Finals.

Emma Raducanu was supposed to play against Belinda earlier but the Brit tested positive for Covid-19 and as a result, had to withdraw from the tournament and Ons was called in as her replacement.

In the men’s field, youngsters Taylor Fritz and Denis Shapovalov will clash in the 1st quarter-finals with the winner set to meet Andrey Rublev in the first semi-final. Casper Ruud was originally scheduled to play but the Norwegian chose to withdraw and Fritz was brought in as the replacement.

In the second quarter-final, former champion Andy Murray will take on compatriot Dan Evans after Evans was called in to replace Dominic Thiem who had to withdraw at the last moment as he felt he was still not ready to return after having injured his wrist in June. The winner between Murray and Thiem will take on defending champion Nadal in the second semi-final.

2021 Mubadala World Tennis Championship: Schedule

Denis Shapovalov vs Taylor Fritz
Denis Shapovalov vs Taylor Fritz

On 16th December, Fritz and Shapovalov will kickstart this year’s tournament followed by the clash between Murray and Evans. The final match of the day will be between Bencic and Jabeur to conclude Day 1 of the tournament.

On the 17th, Rublev will take on the winner between Fritz and Shapovalov followed by a 5th place play-off between the losers of the matches played on the 16th. The final match of the day will be the second semi-final between Nadal and the winner of the Murray-Evans clash.

On the 18th, the 3rd place play-off between the losers of the semi-finals will start the day’s actions followed by the finals to conclude the 3-day tournament.

2021 Mubadala World Tennis Championship: Prize Money

Rafael Nadal
Rafael Nadal with the 2019 title

The prize money on offer is $2,50,000 to the winner of both the men’s and women’s matches at the tournament.

2021 Mubadala World Tennis Championship: Live Streaming

Below is the list of broadcasters confirmed so far for the 3-day exhibition event.

  • UK – Eurosport 2
  • Spain – Movistar Deportes
  • Italy – Sky Sports Tennis and Sky Sport Uno
  • USA – Tennis Channel

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