Official Player Acceptance List Released for Qatar ExxonMobil Open 2013
25 Nov 2012
November 21, 2012 – Doha, Qatar – The Qatar Tennis Federation is proud to announce an incredibly strong field of participants for the upcoming Qatar ExxonMobil Open 2013. For the 21st consecutive year, Doha will be the starting point for 32 players on the ATP World Tour as they begin their 2013 season.
Leading the field is world No. 4 from Spain, Rafael Nadal. Nadal is returning to the courts for the first time since a knee injury sidelined him during Wimbledon 2012 – a few weeks after he won his record-breaking seventh Roland Garros title. This is Nadal’s sixth appearance in the Qatari capital with his best result being a finals appearance in 2010. Last year he reached the semifinals where he lost to Gael Monfils.
Spain’s David Ferrer, the world No. 5, had an incredible season in 2012. The winner of seven titles (Auckland, New Zealand; Buenos Aires, Argentina; Acapulco, Mexico; s-Hertogenbosch, The Netherlands; Bastad, Sweden; Valencia, Spain and the ATP World Tour Masters 1000 Paris), he was also a semifinalist at Roland Garros and the US Open.
Frenchman Monfils is making his sixth appearance in Doha. He has reached the final twice, losing to countryman Jo-Wilfried Tsonga last year and Switzerland’s Roger Federer in 2006. Monfils will be joined by fellow French player, world No. 10, Richard Gasquet. Gasquet recently won the title at the PTT Thailand Open. Gasquet returns to Doha after a seven-year absence. His only previous appearance was in 2006.
Tournament Director, Karim Alami, spoke of this year’s field, “We are incredibly honored to have another year with players of the highest caliber coming to the Qatar ExxonMobil Open. The week in Doha kicks off the ATP World Tour season and these players are looking to hit the courts fresh from their end of season break. Rafael Nadal is returning to competitive tennis since his knee injury at Wimbledon so everyone is looking forward to seeingwhat he brings. David Ferrer has had an amazing year with the number of titles he has had and winning his first ATP World Tour Masters 1000 in Paris. Gael Monfils is always a fan favorite and it is wonderful to have Richard Gasquet return to the event after a long absence.”
The rest of the field is a who’s who of well known names, like fan favorite Feliciano Lopez and Doha regulars Nikolay Davydenko, Philipp Kohlschreiber and Mikhail Youzhny, along with rising stars Jeremy Chardy, Lukas Rosol and Lukas Lacko.