Dubai Duty Free, organisers and owners of the Dubai Tennis Championships have announced that the annual two-week event will be held with limited spectator presence from March 7-20.
The organisers have formed a Dubai Duty Free Tennis Championships Tournament Committee, headed by Ramesh Cidambi, Chief Operations Officer (COO) of Dubai Duty Free and the committee has been working closely with the Dubai Sports Council, the Supreme Committee of Crisis and Disaster Management of the UAE and the Dubai Health Authority in order to obtain approvals to host the event in line with the highest possible Covid-19 safety measures, according to an official press release.
“Despite the pandemic, the annual event will welcome limited fans to see the stars in action. However, in order to comply with Covid-19 guidelines and to ensure the well-being of players, officials and fans of the tournament, the stadium will have limited capacity in line with Covid-19 rules and regulations,” the press release said.
The tournament – that was initially scheduled to be held from February 14-27 – will now begin with the WTA 1000 competition from March 7 to 13 featuring a field of 56 players followed by the ATP 500 tournament from March 14 to 20. And as an added bonus, the ATP singles draw has been increased to 48 players.
Colm McLoughlin, Executive Vice Chairman and CEO of Dubai Duty Free, said: “We are delighted to once again stage one of the key sporting events on the Dubai calendar, particularly as we mark the 21st running of the WTA week and the 29th year of the ATP tournament, both of which have garnered numerous awards over the years.