Sunday, December 28, 2008

New Season Closing In - Wanna know where to catch your favorite players?

The new season is barely 10 days away and am sure you're all psyched for the action to start. The competition will be more fierce than ever this season as Rafael Nadal will be fighting to keep his number 1 ranking, with an insane number of points to defend, while Novak Djokovic will try to close on the 10-point gap that separates him from 2nd-ranked Roger Federer. Not to forget Britain's ruthless Andy Murray, who has a title to defend in Doha, where he will be joined by Nadal and Federer this year.

Here is a guide to who will be playing where first in 2009:

Exhibition Events:

Abu Dhabi World Tennis Championship, United Arab Emirates
January 1-3

Rafael Nadal
Roger Federer
Andy Murray
Nikolay Davydenko
Andy Roddick
James Blake

Hopman Cup, Perth, Australia
January 3-9

Meghann Shaughnessy/James Blake
Dinara Safina/Marat Safin
Alize Cornet/Gilles Simon
Casey Dellacqua/Lleyton Hewitt
Flavia Pennetta/Simone Bolelli
Sabine Lisicki/Nicolas Kiefer
Dominika Cibulkova/Dominik Hrbaty
Su-Wei Hsieh/Yen-Hsun Lu

Players' first official tournaments in 2009:

Rafael Nadal - Qatar Open
Roger Federer - Qatar Open
Novak Djokovic - Brisbane International
Andy Murray - Qatar Open
Nikolay Davydenko - Chennai Open
Jo-Wilfried Tsonga - Brisbane International
Gilles Simon - Sydney Medibank International
Andy Roddick - Qatar Open
Juan Martin Del Potro - Auckland Heineken Open
David Nalbandian - Sydney Medibank International
David Ferrer - Auckland Heineken Open
Stanislas Wawrinka - Chennai Open
Marat Safin - Australian Open (following Hopman Cup and Kooyong)

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