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25th edition of Qatar ExxonMobil Open generated great buzz
11 Jan 2017
After six days of exhilarating actions at the Khalifa International Tennis & Squash Complex in Doha, the curtains went down on the 25th Anniversary edition of the Qatar ExxonMobil Open on January 7, 2017 with world No. 2 Novak Djokovic retaining his crown after emerging the last man standing.
The final match which saw the 29-year-old Serbian, the defending champion, pitched against the world No. 1 Andy Murray, the man who dethroned him from the summit of men’s tennis last November, was one that will go down in the annals of history of the highly esteemed season-opener both for its highly entertaining actions on center court as well as the impressive turnout of attendees.
To say that this year’s tournament was one of the most attended in the history of the annual event will be stating the obvious.
Aside from the on-court actions, the array of entertainments lined up for attendees at the Public Village also added much glamour to the tournament.
From the Living Statues, whose perfect simulation of mannequins made many jaws to drop, to the jugglers whose dexterity with the tennis balls and racquets were something the kids looked forward to everyday, as well as the wide range of delectable menu at the various restaurants at the venue; there was always something for everyone at the events.
Perhaps, no one could have captured the entire tournament better than the champion himself who paid a glowing tribute to the organisers.
“Now it's the third year in a row that I'm in Doha and really pleased to start off the year in this tournament that now traditionally for some time has been voted the best for integrity. And deservedly so, because they have been really trying to make sure that every player feels like home," Djokovic said of the 2017 editions.
With the 2017 edition now gone, all eyes are now set on the next edition with a promise to go a step higher than the last.
Surely, Qatar ExxonMobil Open is truly deserving of all the accolades it has been receiving.