Mubadala World Tennis Championship has announced that Ajla Tomljanovic will replace Amanda Anisimova in the championship which takes place this month. The news comes following Anisimova’s untimely injury which has ruled her out of competing this year.
An on-court first as the Tomljanovic takes on Sharapova
With Tomljanovic taking Anisimova’s place in the competition, it will mark a first for the Australian Fed Cup finalist and as well as her 5 time Grand Slam opponent, Maria Sharapova. This will be a debut appearance for both women at the Mubadala World Tennis Championship and will also be the first time they have come head to head in a match. The pair will play on Day 1 of the competition and it’s set to be a thrilling match between the talented duo who have played more than 1,300 WTA singles matches combined.
The meeting will complete an intriguing end to the opening day of the three-day festival of tennis and entertainment, which runs from 19 – 21 December. Tomljanovic has been on great form, having played a leading role in Australia reaching their first Fed Cup final since 1993. She will be the first Australian player ever to take part in the Mubadala World Championship so we expect the Ozzies especially to be following this new match up with great interest!
With more than 300 WTA singles victories to her name, the 26 year old said,
“I’ve heard amazing things about Abu Dhabi and the championship, and I’m really looking forward to playing in front of this crowd against Maria. It will give the perfect challenge ahead of a big season”.
Amanda Anisimova disappointed following injury
Following the injury which as ruled her out of this year’s event, Amanda Anisimova expressed her disappointment but hopes to be invited to return in the future.
“It’s really disappointing to have to withdraw from the Mubadala World Tennis Championship. I was looking forward so much to coming to Abu Dhabi and I hope to make the trip in the future,” said the 18-year-old.
Doors to the Tennis Village open at 12pm on Day 1 with World No. 6 Stefanos Tsitsipas taking on world No. 10 Gael Monfils in the first match at 4pm, followed by World No. 5 Daniil Medvedev vs Hyeon Chung, before the women take center stage.
Besides all the high octane on-court action, there will be plenty of entertainment, activities, competitions, player clinics, meet & greets and more to keep all the family busy. It’s also Kids’ Day and children under the age of 12 get in for FREE!