Sports fans who are going through withdrawal as handball winds down and following the end of the men’s tennis and golf tournaments this month can take heart – Qatar will host yet another group of star athletes in February.
A number of top-seeded tennis players are expected to compete in this year’s Qatar Total Open, which will be held from Feb. 23 to 28 at the Khalifa International Tennis & Squash Complex.
That includes defending champion Simona Halep from Romania, who put on a fierce performance to clinch her first title in Doha last year.
Other top players who have confirmed participation in the tournament are World No. 4 and two-time Wimbledon champion Petra Kvitova; World No. 6 Agnieszka Radwanska from Poland; World No. 8 Caroline Wozniacki from Denmark and World No. 9 and runner-up of the finals last year Angelique Kerber, as well as World No. 10 Ektaerina Makarova.
Last year, fans expressed disappointment after Serena Williams and Victoria Azarenka pulled out of the women’s tennis tournament due to injury. It’s not clear if either will compete in Doha next month.
But in a statement, tournament director Saad Al Mohannadi said:
“We now have six players who have entered with top 10 rankings, all of them are from different nationalities. This alone will make for a special tournament, plus there are other players such as Venus Williams and Sam Stosur who are in the top 20 and will be title contenders.”
Tickets are now available for purchase online here and at City Center, Landmark, Lagoona and Villaggio malls, as well as onsite at the Khalifa International Tennis & Squash Complex.
Do you plan to attend any matches? Thoughts?