The Dubai Tournament, officially The Barclays Dubai Tennis Championships in the men's category, is a professional ATP World Tour 500 tennis tournament held in Dubai, United Arab Emirates, on a hard court.
All Dubai Champions
|1993||Karel Nováček||Fabrice Santoro||6–4 7–5|
|1994||Magnus Gustafsson||Sergi Bruguera||6–4 6–2|
|1995||Wayne Ferreira||Andrea Gaudenzi||6–3 6–3|
|1996||Goran Ivanišević||Albert Costa||6–4 6–3|
|1997||Thomas Muster||Goran Ivanišević||7–5 7–6(7–3)|
|1998||Àlex Corretja||Félix Mantilla||7–6(7–0) 6–1|
|1999||Jérôme Golmard||Nicolas Kiefer||6–4 6–2|
|2000||Nicolas Kiefer||Juan Carlos Ferrero||7–5 4–6 6–3|
|2001||Juan Carlos Ferrero||Marat Safin||6–2 3–1 retired|
|2002||Fabrice Santoro||Younes El Aynaoui||6–4 3–6 6–3|
|2003||Roger Federer||Jiří Novák||6–1 7–6(7–2)|
|2004||Roger Federer (2)||Feliciano López||4–6 6–1 6–2|
|2005||Roger Federer (3)||Ivan Ljubičić||6–1 6–7(6–8) 6–3|
|2006||Rafael Nadal||Roger Federer||2–6 6–4 6–4|
|2007||Roger Federer (4)||Mikhail Youzhny||6–4 6–3|
|2008||Andy Roddick||Feliciano López||6–7(8–10) 6–4 6–2|
|2009||Novak Djokovic||David Ferrer||7–5 6–3|
|2010||Novak Djokovic (2)||Mikhail Youzhny||7–5 5–7 6–3|
|2011||Novak Djokovic (3)||Roger Federer||6–3 6–3|
|2012||Roger Federer (5)||Andy Murray||7–5 6–4|
|2013||Novak Djokovic (4)||Tomáš Berdych||7–5 6–3|
|2014||Roger Federer (6)||Tomáš Berdych||3–6 6–4 6–3|
|2015||Roger Federer (7)||Novak Djokovic||6–3 7–5|
|2016||Stan Wawrinka||Marcos Baghdatis||6–4 7–6(15–13)|
|2017||Andy Murray||Fernando Verdasco||6–3 6–2|
|2018||Roberto Bautista Agut||Lucas Pouille||6–3 6–4|
|2019||Roger Federer (8)||Stefanos Tsitsipas||6–4 6–4|
|2020||Novak Djokovic (5)||Stefanos Tsitsipas||6–3 6–4|
The Dubai event was organized as a men's tournament on the eve of the 1993 season, when the local organizers bought the ATP Basic Tour championship license from a prize in Maceio, Brazil. The new prize became part of the near-European hard-court series, located in the calendar between the Australian Open and the major championship in Indian Wells. In 2001, the organizers managed to raise the status of their prize by one notch when the organizers of the tournament in London, experiencing problems with finding a new title sponsor, were forced first to voluntarily lower the status of their championship, and later to move it to Milan. That same year, the Dubai prize expanded its competition by organizing a women's prize within itself: the local organizers took advantage of the financial problems of another European prize - in Hanover, Germany - by buying its license of the WTA's second category. A few years later, the Dubaiis, along with their neighbors from Qatar, were able to buy a more prestigious category from the association - the WTA Premier 5, having agreed on a mutual rotation of this status between their tournaments with a three-year cycle: the turn of the UAE tournament first came in 2009-11.
One of the leaders of the competition is the Emir of Dubai Mohammed bin Rashid al-Maktoum.
Winners and finalists
The men's singles record holder for most wins is Switzerland's Roger Federer, who won the local title eight times between 2003 and 2019. Novak Djokovic of Serbia holds four titles. The women's similar prize is more varied in the number of winners, but even here there are multiple champions: Justine Henin has four wins and Venus Williams three.
In the men's doubles competition, Indian Mahesh Bhupathi has five wins, and three more times his compatriot Rohan Bopanna became the strongest on the local court (in 2012 the Indians won the local tournament as a team). In women's competition, the sole record holder in the number of victories is South Africa's Liselle Huber, who has won the title five times on local courts, including three times - together with Zimbabwe's Cara Black.
Since the tournament's inception, only one title match - in the men's singles competition in 2001 - has ended in an early victory for one of its opponents: Marat Safin failed to finish the game against Juan Carlos Ferrero.
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