6 days, 6 artists, 18 tennis players. It is the great spectacle of the World Tennis League, which will be played from December 19 to 24 in the splendid setting of Dubai. A team exhibition tournament attended by many high-level athletes to prepare for the start of the 2023 season on the ATP and WTA circuits.
There is already a lot of curiosity about this event, which will keep fans and connoisseurs busy during the year-end break, which will also give athletes a well-deserved rest after a really busy and exhausting year. Among the participants in the event will be the 21-time Grand Slam champion Novak Djokovic, who has agreed to participate.
With him will be other top players, who have occupied or continue to occupy very high positions in the men’s and women’s world rankings: among them Nick Kyrgios, Alexander Zverev, who will officially return to the track to debut on the circuit in 2023, Dominic Thiem, Felix Auger-Aliassime, but also Iga Swiatek, Aryna Sabalenka and Caroline Garcia.
There will be an Italian present: Andreas Seppi, who recently decided to retire from the circuit at the age of 38. The Serbian, on whom the main focuses fall, will lead the Halcones team: next to him are the Spanish Paula Badosa, Aryna Sabalenka and the Bulgarian Grigor Dimitrov.
The Halcones lineup of Sascha Zverev, Dominic Thiem, Anett Kontaveit and Elena Rybakina (Wimbledon 2022 winner) will not want to be outdone. The Polish Iga Swiatek, number one in the world, will be the main representative of the kite team, also made up of Auger-Aliassime, Gael Monfils, Sania Mirza and Genie Bouchard.
Corretja defends Djokovic
Novak Djokovic being at every major event would be a huge boost to tennis, according to Alex Corretja. “I mean, Novak’s season has been like a mess and he’s been dealing with it, I think, extremely well,” said Corretja on Eurosport.
“I’m very impressed by the way he’s been handling the whole situation. Every time he’s on court, he’s winning. And I’m sure he’s been suffering so much because he loves tennis as much as all the others, but because of the circumstances, he decided that he didn’t want to go through some situations and sacrificed some of the bigger events of the tennis world.
And especially since he’s been bidding to become the greatest of the whole history at the end of their careers when they retire. He’s been for me an example of superiority because every time he plays he’s almost winning.