Novak Djokovic looks to continue his perfect start to the 2020 season next week at the Dubai Duty Free Tennis Championships, an ATP 500 tournament. Djokovic comes to Dubai with a 13-0 match record this season in singles (and 2-0 in doubles). He led Serbia to the inaugural ATP Cup title and won a record-extending eighth Australian Open crown to clinch his return to No. 1 in the FedEx ATP Rankings. He will be looking to reclaim the Dubai title after winning four titles in five years from 2009-11 and ’13.
Two other Top 10 players, Stefanos Tsitsipas and Gael Monfils, also return to Dubai. Tsitsipas defeated Monfils in the semi-finals last year before finishing runner-up to Roger Federer. Monfils enters on a nine-match winning streak, following triumphs at the Open Sud de France (d. Pospisil) and ABN AMRO World Tennis Tournament (d. Auger-Aliassime) in February.
The 2020 Dubai field additionally features Fabio Fognini, Roberto Bautista Agut, Andrey Rublev and Karen Khachanov. Rublev, 22, will also be going for his third title of 2020 after winning the Qatar ExxonMobil Open and Adelaide International in the first two weeks of the year.
Here’s all you need to know about the Dubai tennis tournament: when is the draw, what is the schedule, where to watch, who has won and more.
Tournament Dates: 24 -29 February 2020
Tournament Director: Salah Tahlak
Draw Ceremony: Saturday, 22 February at 1:00pm at VIP Majlis Dubai Duty Free Tennis Stadium
Schedule (View On Official Website)
* Qualifying: Saturday at 11:00am and Sunday at 12:00pm
* Main draw: Monday – Wednesday at 2:00pm and 7:00pm, Thursday at 3:00pm and 7:00pm, Friday at 2:30pm and 7:30pm
* Doubles final: Saturday, 29 February at 5:00pm
* Singles final: Saturday, 29 February not before 7:00pm
Venue: Dubai Duty Free Tennis Stadium
Main Court Seating: 5,500
Prize Money: USD $2,794,840 (Total Financial Commitment: USD $2,950,420)
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Honour Roll (Open Era)
Most Titles, Singles: Roger Federer (8)
Most Titles, Doubles: Mahesh Bhupathi (5)
Oldest Champion: Roger Federer, 37, in 2019
Youngest Champion: Rafael Nadal, 19, in 2006
Highest-Ranked Champion: No. 1 Roger Federer in 2004-05 & 2007, Novak Djokovic in 2013 and Andy Murray in 2017
Lowest-Ranked Champion: No. 61 Jerome Golmard in 1999
Most Match Wins: Roger Federer (53)
Singles:  Roger Federer (SUI) d  Stefanos Tsitsipas (GRE) 64 64 Read & Watch
Doubles:  Rajeev Ram (USA) / Joe Salisbury (GBR) d Ben McLachlan (JPN) / Jan-Lennard Struff (GER) 76(4) 63 Read More
Did You Know… In 2005, Roger Federer and Andre Agassi had a friendly hit high above Dubai, on the helipad of the Burj Al Arab. “This was an absolutely amazing experience,” Agassi told ATPTour.com. “When you first get over how high you are and start playing, it’s an absolute joy and it was a great time. I had no issues with the height as long as I didn’t have to bungee jump off the side.”