Qatar Airways and QDF back ATP tourney in Doha
December 31 2017 10:45 PM

By Sports Reporter/Doha

Qatar Airways and Qatar Duty Free (QDF) will celebrate the opening of the highly-anticipated Qatar ExxonMobil Open Men’s Tennis Tournament 2018, as the Official Airline and Retail Sponsors.
World number-five Dominic Thiem of Austria leads the lineup of competitors at this year’s championship, which will host 32 singles players and 16 doubles teams during the exciting six-day event, where all eyes will be on the world’s top players to see who will take home this year’s winning title. The tournament will be held at the state-of-the-art Khalifa International Tennis and Squash Complex in Doha from 1-6 January 2018.
Qatar Airways Senior Vice President Marketing and Corporate Communications, Salam
al-Shawa, said: “Qatar Airways is thrilled to once again be the official airline partner of the ExxonMobil Open Men’s Tennis Tournament in Qatar. Together we have attracted the world’s most talented tennis players to Qatar to compete in this fantastic championship.
“This annual competition has become a major highlight on Qatar’s sporting calendar, drawing thousands of international and local fans alike to watch some of the best players in the world compete. Spectators can be certain the event will serve up some amazing matches during the course of the competition. Qatar Airways believes in the power of sport bringing people together, and is proud to support Qatar’s emergence as a world-class sports and entertainment destination.”
Senior Vice President Qatar Duty Free, Luis Gasset, said: “Qatar Duty Free is thrilled to participate in this fantastic event and welcomes visitors of all ages to watch the competition. We will ensure that spectators are able to sample Qatar’s world-famous hospitality and are warmly welcomed by Qatar Duty Free. “Special prizes are available at our Qatar Duty Free booth, and four lucky winners will walk away with amazing gifts signed by the tournament’s top players.”
Both Qatar Airways and Qatar Duty Free will mark their presence at the event by hosting special booths at the sponsors’ village, offering tennis fans a taste of their world-class hospitality. Qatar Duty Free will also display unique gifts signed by the players, providing  four lucky fans with the chance to win them.
Qatar Airways, the Official Airline partner of FIFA, is a leading supporter of major global sporting events, including the 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia and the FIFA Club World Cup.
The award-winning airline received a number of accolades in 2017, including ‘Airline of the Year’ by the prestigious 2017 Skytrax World Airline Awards, which was held at the Paris Air Show.

Live on beIN
beIN will cover live the Qatar ExxonMobil Open beginning in Doha today at the Khalifa International Tennis and Squash Complex.
Andy Kerr and Nicky Crosby will be joined by former tennis star Prakash Amritraj to preview and recap the day’s play on beIN SPORTS HD12. Coverage gets underway at 3pm everyday throughout the tournament, with Arabic coverage also available on beIN SPORTS HD9.

Today’s Order of Play
3.30pm: Centre Court: Cedrik-Marcel Stebe (GER) vs Andrey Rublev (RUS); Court 1: 7-Fernando Verdasco (ESP) vs Dudi Sela (ISR)
3.30pm; Court 2: Pablo Carreno Busta (ESP) & Guillermo Garcia-Lopez (ESP) vs Paolo Lorenzi (ITA) & Albert Ramos-Vinolas (ESP) 3.30pm.
Not before 5.30pm: 1-Dominic Thiem (AUT) vs Evgeny Donskoy (RUS) on Centre Court; 3-Feliciano Lopez (ESP) & Rajeev Ram (USA) vs (WC) Malek Jaziri (TUN) & Mousa Shanan Zayed (QAT) on Court 1; Filip Krajinovic (SRB) & Viktor Troicki (SRB) vs Borna Coric (CRO) & jan-Lennard Struff (GER) on Court 2.
Later: Thomas Fabbiano (ITA) vs Nikoloz Basilashvili (GEO) on Centre Court; 1-Jamie Murray (GBR) & Bruno Soares (BRA) vs Marcin Matkowski (POL) & Aisam-ul-Haq Qureshi (PAK) on Court 1.
Followed by: Florian Mayer (GER) vs Stefanos Tsitsipas (GRE) on Centre Court.

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