The Mubadala Abu Dhabi Open 2023 makes a return to the tour, with a new look and a permanent spot on the Tour, making it the newest destination on the WTA Tour. With many of the world’s top players set to play in the inaugural edition, this tournament is bound to be an amazing and climactic addition. Don’t miss out on the fledgling tournament and to learn more, keep on reading.
Abu Dhabi Open Tennis Tournament
The Mubadala Abu Dhabi Open is an annual outdoor hardcourt tennis tournament part of the WTA Tour. It is part of the WTA 500 tournaments and the latest new permanent fixture on the tour. Set in the capital and bustling city of UAE, Abu Dhabi, the tournament will be held at Zayed Sports City’s International Tennis Centre.
This year will mark the first edition of the event as a permanent tournament on the Tour and the second as the Abu Dhabi Open. The tournament will make a return after not being held in 2022. The title sponsor for the event, Mubadala is a sovereign wealth fund, development, and investment company.
|Location||Abu Dhabi, UAE|
|Venue||Zayed Sports City’s International Tennis Centre|
|Tour category||WTA 500|
|Draw||32 S, 16 D|
Mubadala Abu Dhabi 2023 results
Canadia star Belinda Bencic claimed Abu Dhabi 2023 title. Belinda Bencic defeated Liudmila Samsonova to claim her second title of the season at the Mubadala Abu Dhabi Open. Bencic defeated Samsonova for the first time in their four meetings. After 1st set down Belinda fought back in 2nd set with a tough win and then claimed 3rd set with victory 1-6, 7-6, 6-4.
While in the doubles title, Luisa Stefani /Zhang Shuai defeated Chan Hao-Ching /Shuko Aoyama 3-6 6-2 10-8 for the Abu Dhabi 500 Doubles title. Playing alongside the Chinese Shuai Zhang, the São Paulo native beat Shuko Aoyama and Chan Hao-ching by 2 sets to 1, reaching her 19th straight victory, her 3rd trophy in 2023. Luisa Stefani is undefeated in 2023 and claimed Adelaide International, Australian open (mixed doubles and now the Abu Dhabi title.
Mubadala Abu Dhabi Open History and Previous Winners
The Abu Dhabi Open which is now an annual event was a supplementary event held in 2021. Due to the suspension of all tour events in China and the delay in the Australian competitions, a WTA 500 event was played in Abu Dhabi. No tournament was held in 2022 as for the most part, the tour had returned to its regular scheduling.
The reasoning behind the formation of this newly sanctioned event is possibly St. Petersburg Ladies’ Trophy being canceled in retaliation to Russia’s invasion of Ukraine or because Abu Dhabi was the only main city left in the Middle East to not hold a tennis competition as there is already an event in Dubai and one in Qatar as well.
Abu Dhabi Open Previous Winners
|Year||Singles Champion||Doubles Champions|
|2023||Belinda Bencic||Luisa Stefani /Zhang Shuai|
|2021||Aryna Sabalenka||Shuko Aoyama / Ena Shibahara|
Abu Dhabi Open 2023 Prize Money and Ranking Points
The total prize fund for the 2023 Mubadala Abu Dhabi Open is set at $780,637. The prize money distribution will probably be released soon before the final so instead, we will be looking at the 2022 Sydney Tennis Classic’s prize distribution to better understand the possible distribution. The prize money for the event was set at $703,580 most likely the distribution for the Mubadala Abu Dhabi Open will be slightly higher.
|Stage||Singles Prize Money||Doubles Prize Money||WTA Points|
Keep in mind this distribution is not official and will be subject to change.
Abu Dhabi Open 2023 Players List
As expected of a WTA 500 event, some of the best players from around the world will be convening in Abu Dhabi. The event is headlined by world no. 2 who is followed by 3 more Top 10 players. No. 1 and no. 2 Russian players world no. 8 Daria Kasatkina, and no. 9 Veronika Kudermetova will be in attendance.
Former world no. 4, current no. 10 and Olympic Gold medalist Belinda Bencic is also set to play at the event. 2022 Wimbledon champion, and 2023 Australian Open finalist Elena Rybakina, China’s no. 1 Shuai Xhang, and WTA Most Improved Player of the Year Beatriz Haddad Maia are just some of the big names on the participating list. Though the 2021 champion Aryna Sabalenka will not participate this year, runner-up Veronika Kudermetova will take another attempt at the title. The full players’ list is given below.
|6||Beatriz Haddad Maia||14|
|Garbine Muguruza (WC)||73|
Mubadala Abu Dhabi Open 2023 WildCard Entries
- Garbine Muguruza
2023 Mubadala Abu Dhabi Open Draws
The tournament will have 32 singles and 16 doubles draws that will be released on the official website as the tournament progresses.
2023 Mubadala Abu Dhabi Open Dates
The main draw of the Abu Dhabi Open will be held across a week from 6-12 February with a qualifying round set to take place on the 5th and 6th of February.
Mubadala Abu Dhabi Open 2023 Schedule
The official schedule for the event is as follows:
|Date||Singles Matches||Doubles Matches|
|6th February||Round 1||Round 1|
|7th February||Round 1||Round 1|
|8th February||Round 2||Round 1|
|9th February||Round 2||Quarter Final|
|10th February||Quarter Final||Quarter Final|
Keep in mind this schedule may be subject to change.
2023 Mubadala Abu Dhabi Open Tickets
Tickets for the Mubadala Abu Dhabi Open are available for purchase right now, directly from Ticketmaster. You can bought tickets by checking out the given link https://sovrn.co/w27cccp
Tickets can be bought per day/night session or as multi-day bundles. Tickets for groups of 6 or more can also be purchased. Viewing for children is free for the first 5 days of the event before finals weekend. Keeping in line with the WTA Tour’s 50-year celebration, tickets are also 50 AED for adults before finals weekend. A full price breakdown is given below.
|Category||Type||Day 1||Day 2||Day 3||Day 4||Day 5||Finals Weekend|
|Premium||Adult||FREE||50||50||135||135||295 – 395|
|Premium||Children 2-12||FREE||FREE||FREE||195||195||195 – 295|
|Regular||Adult||FREE||50||50||50||175||175 – 295|
|Regular||Children 2-12||FREE||FREE||FREE||95||95||95 – 195|