The draw ceremony of the 2017 Qatar Total Open, the 15th anniversary edition, was held at the Four Seasons Hotel in Doha on Saturday with the top-four seeded players getting a bye into the second rounds.
With the result of the draw, the No. 1 seed Angelique Kerber of Germany, No.2 Karolina Pliskova of Czech Republic, Slovakia’s Dominika Cibulkova and Agnieszka Radwanska of Poland will only be seen in action from the second round of the six-day tournament.
The $776,000 total prize money six-day tournament which will begin at the Khalifa International Tennis & Squash Complex on Monday will see 28 players vying for honour and glory in the Singles while 16 teams are in the doubles.
The event was attended by Qatar Tennis & Squash Federation Secretary-General Tariq Darwish Zainal, Deputy Vice President, HR, Communications and CSR, Qatar Total Christophe Eon, Tournament Director Saad al Mohannadi, Tournament Advisor Karim Alami and other dignitaries.
Among the stars on parade at this year’s event are 2011 finalist Caroline Wozniacki of Denmark who takes on the Netherlands’ Kiki Bertens in the first round match on Monday, Garbine Muguruza of Spain, Italy’s Roberta Vinci, Australia’s Samantha Stosur among others.
QTF Secretary-General Secretary-General Tariq Darwish Zainal said, “We are all set and fully prepared. We are all waiting for the spectators to make it another exciting event. The QTF also hopes for all success to the players. The Qatar Total Open is one of the biggest tournaments of the region and we are happy to prove ourselves year after year.”
Deputy Vice President, HR, Communications and CSR, Qatar Total Christophe Eon said, “This tournament is a great achievement not only because of the world class players on parade but it also underlies Qatar’s capacity to organize very successful international sports events. We have been sponsoring this tournament for over 15 years now, and it has become a part of our culture. We wish all the best to the players.”