For years, Dubai has hosted various world-class sporting events including the Omega Dubai Desert Classic, the Dubai Polo Gold Cup, the Spinneys Dubai 92 Cycling Challenge, the Dubai World Cup and the Emirates Airline Dubai Rugby Sevens.
And since 2009, the city also welcomes one of the most prestigious singles tennis exhibition tournaments in the world: the Mubadala World Tennis Championship.
The annual sporting event features an elite group of tennis players competing in different matches over three days.
The Mubadala Tennis World Championship is the last major tennis event of the year. It also serves as a precursor to the Australian Open, the first of four annual Grand Slam tennis events.
Winners of the Mubadala tennis world championship
Based on the latest tennis news, the winner of this year’s tournament is Andrei Rublev.
Here is a look at the current champion and other winners of the Mubadala Tennis World Championship:
The Russian professional tennis player beat Andy Murray in two matches in this year’s finals.
Currently rublev ranks number 5 on the Association of Tennis Professionals (ATP), its best ranking to date. He won eight ATP singles titles and two doubles titles.
Rublev also has two doubles titles and an Olympic gold medal, which he won at the 2020 Summer Olympics in a mixed doubles match with partner Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova.
Rublev is the first Russian professional tennis player to win the Mubadala tennis world championship. It is also the first time that he has won this tournament.
2. Rafael Nadal
The Spanish professional tennis player, currently ranked number 6 on the ATP, holds the most wins at the Mubadala Tennis World Championship. He has won the tournament five times since 2009.
The five-time number 1 tennis player won 20 Grand Slam men’s singles titles, a record he shares with Roger Federer and Novak Djokovic.
Nadal also holds the record for 13 titles at Roland Garros and is known for his 81 straight clay court victories, the longest single-court winning streak in tennis history.
In addition, Nadal has an Olympic gold medal in the singles and doubles tournaments.
This year, Nadal’s return has been marred by an injury, which led to his loss to former rival Andy Murray.
Rafael Nadal won the Mubadala tennis world championship in 2010, 2011, January and December 2016 and 2019.
3. Novac Djokovic
The Serbian tennis player did not take part in this year’s tournament. However, he has already won the Mubadala tennis world championship four times.
Novac Djokovic holds the most wins in this particular tournament alongside Nadal.
The current number 1 of the ATP, Djokovic won 20 Grand Slam men’s singles titles, including nine Australian Open titles.
He finished the ATP year-end seven times as a number 1.
Djokovic holds 86 ATP singles titles, including a world record of 37 Masters events.
The Serbian tennis pro is the only person in the open era to have achieved a double career Grand Slam and complete a non-calendar year Grand Slam.
Djokovic won the Mubadala tennis world championship in 2011, 2012, 2013 and 2018.
4. Andy Murray
British professional tennis player won the first Mubadala tennis world championship in 2009.
Currently ranked 139th, Andy Murray was once world number 1 according to ATP for 41 weeks.
Murray has won three Grand Slam singles titles, two at Wimbledon and one at the US Open.
Murray won 46 ATP singles titles. He also won a gold medal in men’s singles at the 2012 London Olympics.
Andy Murray placed second at this year’s Mubadala Tennis World Championship.
5. Kevin Anderson
South African professional tennis player won the Mubadala tennis world championship in 2017.
Kevin Anderson reached his career-high ATP ranking of number 5 in 2018.
Anderson was the first South African to make the ATP Top 5 since Kevin Curren. He became the highest ranked South African player in 2008.
Anderson currently ranks 73rd on ATP. He did not join the Mubadala tennis world championship this year.
6. Jelena Ostapenko
Latvian professional tennis player won the first women’s singles of the Mubadala World Tennis Championship in 2017.
Je? Ena Ostapenko reached a career high in the Women’s Tennis Association (WTA) rankings of number 5 in 2018. Currently, it ranks number 30 on ATP.
In 2017, Ostapenko won the Roland Garros singles title, becoming the first Latvian player to win a Grand Slam tournament. She was also the first unranked player to win Roland Garros since 1933.
She has won seven singles titles and eight doubles titles on the women’s circuit of the International Tennis Federation (ITF).
7. Venus Williams
One of the greatest tennis players of all time, Venus Williams won the Mubadala tennis world championship in 2018.
Williams was ranked world number 1 by the WTA for a total of 19 weeks, 11 in singles and 8 in doubles. She reached 16 Grand Slam finals and won seven Grand Slam singles titles.
Venus and her sister, Serena Willams, have 14 women’s Grand Slam doubles titles to their credit and three Olympic gold medals.
Williams also won an Olympic gold medal for a singles match.
8. Maria Sharapova
Former Russian world number 1 tennis player won the Mubadala tennis world championship in 2019.
From 2001 to 2020, Sharapova competed in the WTA Tour, where she placed world number 1 in singles five times over 21 weeks. She is the only Russian to hold the Grand Slam in her career.
Sharapova has won five Grand Slam titles, two at Roland Garros and one at the Australian Open, Wimbledon and the US Open. She has 36 titles in all.
She also won a silver medal in women’s singles at the 2012 London Summer Olympics.
9. Ons Jabeur
The Tunisian professional tennis player is winner this year of the women’s singles of the Mubadala World Tennis Championship.
Jabeur currently ranks number 10 on the WTA. However, she is the number 1 African player and the highest ranked Arab tennis player in ATP and WTA.
She is the first Arab woman to reach the quarter-finals of a Grand Slam tournament at the 2020 Australian Open. She repeated this feat at the 2021 Wimbledon championships.
Jabeur secured her first WTA title at the Birmingham Classic 2021. For this reason, she became the first Arab and Tunisian tennis player to win a WTA title.
The Mubadala Tennis World Championship is worth a visit special trip in Dubai every year to witness the exceptional talent of top players and the excitement on and off the pitch.