Novak Djokovic serves up notice of his return for Mubadala

World No 1 Novak Djokovic helped his UAE Royals team finish the International Premier Tennis League (IPTL) season on a high last night, beating inaugural champions the Indian Aces 29-15 at Hamdan Sports Centre. He then said he will be back in the UAE within two weeks.
Novak Djokovic helps the UAE Royals to a win against Micromax Indian Aces player Gael Monfils in their International Premier Tennis League match at Hamdan bin Mohammed bin Rashid Sports Complex in Dubai. Ali Haider / EPA
Novak Djokovic helps the UAE Royals to a win against Micromax Indian Aces player Gael Monfils in their International Premier Tennis League match at Hamdan bin Mohammed bin Rashid Sports Complex in Dubai. Ali Haider / EPA

DUBAI // World No 1 Novak Djokovic helped his UAE Royals team finish the International Premier Tennis League (IPTL) season on a high, beating inaugural champions the Indian Aces 29-15 at Hamdan Sports Centre on Saturday.

He then said he will be back in the UAE within two weeks.

Djokovic will fly home to be with his wife and new baby before returning to Dubai for the final week of the year for seven days of warm-weather training. He will then make the short trip down Sheikh Zayed Road to take part in the Mubadala World Tennis Championships in Abu Dhabi.

“I’m looking forward to just keep doing what I am doing and getting ready for the new season,” he said, after comfortably dispatching Gael Monfils 6-0 in the final set of the final match of the first IPTL season.

“The Mubadala World Tennis Championships has been a great event organised for several years now. The attendances at the stadium are always very high for every match. People love their tennis there.”

The Aces, led by Fabrice Santoro, had been crowned champions on Friday night when the Royals slipped to a surprise defeat to the Singapore Slammers. They collected their winners’ cheque for US$1 million (Dh3.67m) last night.

“It’s been a monumental achievement to pull off this event in four countries in 19 days,” said Mahesh Bhupathi, the league founder. “Even with all the scepticism around, we are proud of what we have achieved and hope to get even bigger and better for next year.”

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Published: December 13, 2014 04:00 AM

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