Qatar Open Facts and Trivia
The Qatar Open (presently the Qatar ExxonMobil Open, ‘cos sponsors) is the first tournament of the year. That is, the first one to have ranking points on the line (The Hopman Cup has been known to kick off in late December). It’s an ATP 250 tournament which, if you’ve been following along you’ll know, means that the winner is awarded 250 ranking points for his trouble.
Let’s get into some facts and trivia.
Qatar Open Facts
The Qatar Open first kicked off in 1993 as part of the ATP World Series. In 1998 it became part of the ATP International Series, and finally in 2009 it became an ATP World Tour 250 Series event.
It might not surprise anyone to know that the current record for most Qatar Open titles is held by none other than Roger Federer, who has won the tournament three times. He is also joint holder of the most consecutive titles (two) with Stefan Edberg and Andy Murray.
Since the Qatar Open became a 250 series event, it has been the ceremonial opener for the ATP World Tour. This has seen some rather gimmicky exhibition matches to mark the occasion, including playing on a boat, playing on a “magic carpet” (shown below), and playing on a court laid on the surface of water.
The Qatar Open is played at the Khalifa International Tennis and Squash Complex in Doha. This venue also hosted the WTA Tour Championships from 2008 to 2010. It contains twenty seven hard courts and a 6,911 capacity stadium for the big games.
The prize money on offer for the competitors of the Qatar Open in 2016 was $1.11milion.
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