Preview of ATP Qatar Exxon Mobil Open in Doha from December 31st 2018 to 5th January 2019


The opening of the 2019 ATP Tour season begins as usual with the Qatar Exxon Mobil Open from Doha in the Middle East and this year sees newly crowned World No.1 Novak Djokovic competing


Many of the ATP’s greatest players have opened their seasons at the Qatar Exxon Mobil Open. Roger Federer, Andy Murray & Rafael Nadal have won multiple titles at this event, with Nadal’s haul including the 2014 singles title and four doubles crowns (2005, ’09, ’11 and ’15). Djokovic won back-to-back titles in 2016 and ’17. This year Djokovic returns to try and add a third title to his name but Dominic Thiem and Karen Khachanov will both be hoping to stop him!


Where is the tournament held?

The ATP Qatar Exxon Mobil Open is competed for at the Khalifa International Tennis and Squash Complex in Doha, Qatar, Middle East


What dates does the tournament run?

December 31st, 2018 until January 5th, 2019


What court surface is the tournament played on?

The surface is outdoor hard courts



How many players and how many seeds are in the tournament?

There are a total of 32 men in the singles and there will be 8 seeded players


What is the prize money and how many ATP ranking points are available?

The tournament is an ATP 250 which means that the winner receives 250 ATP World Ranking points, with the complete breakdown of points and prize money awarded as follows:


Who is the reigning Champion?

In 2018, Gael Monfils won the tournament beating Andrey Rublev in the final 6-2, 6-3


Where can I buy tickets for the tournament?

You can buy tickets online by clicking here


How can I follow the tournament without going there?

To watch the live scores of every match in this tournament as they happen you can use the Tennishead exclusive Live Scores service here. You can also follow this tournament on their official Twitter here


Who has entered the 2019 tournament draw? (This may change nearer the time depending on injuries)

So far the tournament entries are as follows:

Basilashvili, Nikoloz GEO

Jarry, Nicolas CHI

Bautista Agut, Roberto ESP

Khachanov, Karen RUS

Berrettini, Matteo ITA

Kohlschreiber, Philipp GER

Cecchinato, Marco ITA

Kukushkin, Mikhail KA

Copil, Marius ROU

Lajovic, Dusan SRB

Djokovic, Novak SRB

Lopez, Feliciano ESP

Dzumhur, Damir BIH

Mannarino, Adrian FRA

Fucsovics, Marton HUN

Pella, Guido ARG

Gasquet, Richard FRA

Ramos-Vinolas, Albert ESP

Goffin, David BEL

Seppi, Andreas ITA

Gojowczyk, Peter GER

Thiem, Dominic AUT

Haase, Robin NED

Verdasco, Fernando ESP

Herbert, Pierre-Hugues FRA


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