Top Players at Qatar ExxonMobil Open 2014
25 Dec 2013
December 25, 2013 – Doha, Qatar – The Qatar ExxonMobil Open 2014 showcases tennis’ top players for the 22nd consecutive year, Doha will be the starting point for 32 players on the ATP World Tour as they begin their 2014 season.

1. Leading the field is world No. 1 from Spain, Rafael Nadal. Nadal is returning to Doha after a 2013 season that saw him win 10 titles, including an eighth French Open and a second US Open. This is Nadal’s sixth appearance in the Qatari capital with his best result being a finals appearance in 2010.

2. Spain’s David Ferrer, the world No. 3, had an outstanding 2013 season winning two titles (Buenos Aires and Auckland) and reaching seven other finals, including at ATP Masters 1000 events in Paris and Miami.

3. World No. 4, Andy Murray, of Great Britain makes a return to Doha where he is a two-time champion, having won in 2008 and 2009. Sincethen, he has won the gold medal at the 2012 London Olympics, the 2012 US Open title and 2013 Wimbledon, becoming the first British man to win Wimbledon since Fred Perry in 1936.

4. Tomas Berdych, world No. 7, from Czech Republic, ismaking his Doha debut at this year’s event. The winner of eight career titles, he reached three finals in 2013 – Bangkok, Dubai and Marseille.

5. Defending champion and world No. 9, Richard Gasquet of France, returns to see if he can win another Doha title. In 2013, after hisvictory in Qatar, Gasquet went on to win two more titles in Montpellier andMoscow.

6. 30-year old Philipp Kohlschreiber from Germany, world No. 22, is making his seventh appearance in Qatar. His strongest result in Doha was when he reached the quarterfinals in 2008 (lost to Ivan Ljubicic) and 2009 (lost to Roger Federer). He has won four titles on the ATP World Tour.

7. Latvia’s Ernests Gulbis, world No. 24, has won four ATP World Tour titles – two of them in 2013 (St. Petersberg and Delray Beach). This is his fourth appearance in Qatar and his best results have been two quarterfinal showings in 2010 (lost to Roger Federer) and 2011 (lost to Rafael Nadal).

8. Fernando Verdasco, world No. 30 from Spain, is a fan favorite around the globe. The winner of five ATP World Tour titles is returning to Doha after his previous, and only prior, appearance in 2005 – where he lost to Rafael Nadal in the second round.

9. Frenchman Gael Monfils is making his seventh appearance in Doha. He has reached the final twice, losing to countryman Jo-Wilfried Tsonga in 2012 and Switzerland’s Roger Federer in 2006.

This year’s players boast multiple Grand Slam, ATP Masters 1000, and ATP World Tour titles, and Olympic medals. Tickets for the Qatar ExxonMobil Open 2014 can be purchased online at www.qatartennis.org and at the following : Villaggio, City Center, Lagoona, Landmark and the Khalifa International Tennis & Squash Complex.