Nasser al-Khelaifi, Chairman of beIN Media Group, President of Paris Saint-Germain and former professional tennis player, has personally welcomed tennis great Roger Federer to Doha at the start of the Qatar ExxonMobil Open 2021 on Sunday, which will be exclusively broadcast across the 24 countries of the Middle East & North Africa (MENA) and also France, Singapore and Australia by beIN Sports.
The return of 20-time Grand Slam champion Roger Federer at the Qatar Exxon Open 2021 is one of the most anticipated comeback stories in sport.
Al-Khelaifi, President of the Qatar Tennis Federation (QTF), and a former ATP ranked tennis player who played on the international circuit between 1992 and 2002, said, “Roger is one of the greatest athletes of all time, while also being the epitome of good grace and sportsmanship on and off the court. For me it is his values as much as his achievements that are most inspiring, together with his relentless pursuit of excellence.
“It is an honour to welcome Roger back to Doha where his presence alone will light up the MENA region. With the Australian Open qualifiers and the FIFA Club World Cup seamlessly taking place here in Doha these past few months, I am pleased that Qatar has become one of the world’s Covid-safe sports hubs, bringing hope and a small sense of normalcy during these challenging times.”
The tournament begins today, with the final to be played on Saturday at the Khalifa International Tennis & Squash Complex in Doha. The ATP 250 tournament will also see the return of three-time Grand Slam winner Stan Wawrinka, defending champion Andrey Rublev, 2019 winner Roberto Bautista Agut and the 2020 US Open winner Dominic Thiem.