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Barclays Dubai Tennis Championships
Dubaitennis.jpg
Location Dubai
 United Arab Emirates
Venue Aviation Club Tennis Centre
Surface Hard / Outdoors
Official Website
 ATP World Tour
Category 500 series
Draw 32S / 16Q / 16D
Prize Money US$2,233,000
 Sony Ericsson WTA Tour
Category Premier
Draw 56M / 32Q / 16D
Prize Money US$2,000,000
Barclays Dubai Tennis Championships 2006

The Barclays Dubai Tennis Championships is a professional tennis tournament owned and organized by Dubai Duty Free and held annually in Dubai, United Arab Emirates on outdoor hardcourts. The tournament organizes both a men's and women's event. The tournament takes place under the patronage of H.H. Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice-President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai.

For five years Swiss Roger Federer, on the men's side, and Belgian Justine Henin, on the women's side, dominated the singles' tournaments. Between 2003 and 2007, Federer and Henin each won the singles title four times. However, in 2008, neither player managed to reach the finals; Andy Roddick and Elena Dementieva became the new champions. Currently, the reigning champions are Novak Djokovic and Venus Williams.

The Barclays Dubai Tennis Championships are currently under review by the ATP and WTA tours as a result of the Shahar Pe'er controversy.

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Shahar Pe'er controversy

In February 2009, Israeli player Shahar Pe'er was prevented from playing at the Barclays Dubai Tennis Championships, as she was denied a visa by the United Arab Emirates, a country that does not have diplomatic relations with Israel. Tournament director Salah Tahlak said that Pe'er was refused on the grounds that her appearance could incite anger in the Arab country, after she had already faced protests at the ASB Classic over the 2008–2009 Israel–Gaza conflict.[1]

A number of top-seeded players, among them Venus Williams[2], condemned the action to not grant Pe'er a visa. WTA chief executive Larry Scott said the women's tour was "deeply disappointed" by the decision. "Ms Pe'er has earned the right to play in the tournament and it's regrettable that the UAE is denying her this right," he said. "Ms Peer and her family are obviously extremely upset and disappointed by the decision of the UAE and its impact on her personally and professionally." Scott said the WTA would "review appropriate future actions with regard to the future of the Dubai tournament".[3] In reaction to the move, the Tennis Channel decided not to televise the event,[4][5] and The Wall Street Journal dropped its sponsorship.[6] Scott said that he had considered cancelling the tournament, but chose not to after consulting Pe'er.

The rejection of the tennis player’s visa application violates WTA rules, which state that no host country should deny a player the right to compete at a tournament for which she has qualified by ranking.[7] In response to the refusal of the UAE to issue the visa, the Dubai Tennis Championship was fined a record US$300,000. The fine was appealed by DTC, but the WTA Tour Board rejected the appeal.[2] The tour also demanded that Dubai organizers confirm that qualifying Israeli players will get visas at least eight weeks in advance for the 2010 event.[3] Pe'er was awarded US$44,250, an amount equal to the average prize money she earned per tournament in 2008.[8] A number of highly-ranked tennis players, including 2008 winner Andy Roddick, pulled out of the mens' ATP tournament in Dubai in protest. Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal also pulled out of the tournament, although they both cited injury as their reason for withdrawal, not the incident involving Pe'er.

Past finals

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Men

Singles

Year Champion Runner-up Score
1993 Czech Republic Karel Nováček France Fabrice Santoro 6–4, 7–5
1994 Sweden Magnus Gustafsson Spain Sergi Bruguera 6–4, 6–2
1995 South Africa Wayne Ferreira Italy Andrea Gaudenzi 6–3, 6–3
1996 Croatia Goran Ivanišević Spain Albert Costa 6–4, 6–3
1997 Austria Thomas Muster Croatia Goran Ivanišević 7–5, 7–6(3)
1998 Spain Àlex Corretja Spain Félix Mantilla 7–6(0), 6–1
1999 France Jérôme Golmard Germany Nicolas Kiefer 6–4, 6–2
2000 Germany Nicolas Kiefer Spain Juan Carlos Ferrero 7–5, 4–6, 6–3
↓  International Series Gold tournaments  ↓
2001 Spain Juan Carlos Ferrero Russia Marat Safin 6–2, 3–1, retired
2002 France Fabrice Santoro Morocco Younes El Aynaoui 6–4, 3–6, 6–3
2003 Switzerland Roger Federer Czech Republic Jiří Novák 6–1, 7–6(2)
2004 Switzerland Roger Federer Spain Feliciano López 4–6, 6–1, 6–2
2005 Switzerland Roger Federer Croatia Ivan Ljubičić 6–1, 6–7(6), 6–3
2006 Spain Rafael Nadal Switzerland Roger Federer 2–6, 6–4, 6–4
2007 Switzerland Roger Federer Russia Mikhail Youzhny 6–4, 6–3
2008 United States Andy Roddick Spain Feliciano López 6–7(8), 6–4, 6–2
↓  500 Series tournaments  ↓
2009 Serbia Novak Djokovic Spain David Ferrer 7–5, 6–3
2010 Serbia Novak Djokovic Russia Mikhail Youzhny 7–5, 5–7, 6-3

Doubles

Year Champion Runner-up Score
1993 Australia John Fitzgerald
Sweden Anders Järryd
Canada Grant Connell
United States Patrick Galbraith
6–2, 6–1
1994 Australia Todd Woodbridge
Australia Mark Woodforde
Australia Darren Cahill
Australia John Fitzgerald
6–7, 6–4, 6–2
1995 Canada Grant Connell
United States Patrick Galbraith
Spain Tomás Carbonell
Spain Francisco Roig
6–2, 4–6, 6–3
1996 Canada Grant Connell
Zimbabwe Byron Black
Czech Republic Karel Nováček
Czech Republic Jiří Novák
6–0, 6–1
1997 Netherlands Sander Groen
Croatia Goran Ivanišević
Australia Sandon Stolle
Czech Republic Cyril Suk
7–6, 6–3
1998 India Mahesh Bhupathi
India Leander Paes
United States Donald Johnson
United States Francisco Montana
6–2, 7–5
1999 Zimbabwe Wayne Black
Australia Sandon Stolle
South Africa David Adams
South Africa John-Laffnie de Jager
4–6, 6–1, 6–4
2000 Czech Republic Jiří Novák
Czech Republic David Rikl
South Africa Robbie Koenig
Australia Peter Tramacchi
6-2, 7-5
↓  International Series Gold tournaments  ↓
2001 Australia Joshua Eagle
Australia Sandon Stolle
Canada Daniel Nestor
Serbia Nenad Zimonjić
6–4, 6–4
2002 The Bahamas Mark Knowles
Canada Daniel Nestor
Australia Joshua Eagle
Australia Sandon Stolle
3–6, 6–3, [13–11]
2003 India Leander Paes
Czech Republic David Rikl
Zimbabwe Wayne Black
Zimbabwe Kevin Ullyett
6–3, 6–0
2004 India Mahesh Bhupathi
France Fabrice Santoro
Sweden Jonas Björkman
India Leander Paes
6–2, 4–6, 6–4
2005 Czech Republic Martin Damm
Czech Republic Radek Štěpánek
Sweden Jonas Björkman
France Fabrice Santoro
6–2, 6–4
2006 Australia Paul Hanley
Zimbabwe Kevin Ullyett
The Bahamas Mark Knowles
Canada Daniel Nestor
1–6, 6–2, [10–1]
2007 France Fabrice Santoro
Serbia Nenad Zimonjić
India Mahesh Bhupathi
Czech Republic Radek Štěpánek
7–5, 6–7, [10–7]
2008 India Mahesh Bhupathi
The Bahamas Mark Knowles
Czech Republic Martin Damm
Czech Republic Pavel Vízner
7–5, 7–6
↓  500 Series tournaments  ↓
2009 South Africa Rik De Voest
Russia Dmitry Tursunov
Czech Republic Martin Damm
Sweden Robert Lindstedt
4–6, 6–3, [10–5]

Women

Singles

Year Champion Runner-up Score
↓  Tier II tournament  ↓
2001 Switzerland Martina Hingis France Nathalie Tauziat 6–4, 6–4
2002 France Amélie Mauresmo France Sandrine Testud 6–4, 7–6(3)
2003 Belgium Justine Henin-Hardenne United States Monica Seles 4–6, 7–6(4), 7–5
2004 Belgium Justine Henin-Hardenne Russia Svetlana Kuznetsova 7–6(3), 6–3
2005 United States Lindsay Davenport Serbia and Montenegro Jelena Janković 6–4, 3–6, 6–4
2006 Belgium Justine Henin-Hardenne Russia Maria Sharapova 7–5, 6–2
2007 Belgium Justine Henin France Amélie Mauresmo 6–4, 7–5
2008 Russia Elena Dementieva Russia Svetlana Kuznetsova 4–6, 6–3, 6–2
↓  Premier 5 tournament  ↓
2009 United States Venus Williams France Virginie Razzano 6–4, 6–2
2010 United States Venus Williams Belarus Victoria Azarenka 6–3, 7–5

Doubles

Year Champion Runner-up Score
↓  Tier II tournament  ↓
2001 Indonesia Yayuk Basuki
Netherlands Caroline Vis
Sweden Åsa Svensson
Slovakia Karina Habšudová
6–0, 4–6, 6–2
2002 Germany Barbara Rittner
Venezuela Maria Vento-Kabchi
France Sandrine Testud
Italy Roberta Vinci
6–3, 6–2
2003 Russia Svetlana Kuznetsova
United States Martina Navrátilová
Zimbabwe Cara Black
Russia Elena Likhovtseva
6–3, 7–6
2004 Slovakia Janette Husárová
Spain Conchita Martínez
Russia Svetlana Kuznetsova
Russia Elena Likhovtseva
6–0, 1–6, 6–3
2005 Spain Virginia Ruano
Argentina Paola Suárez
Russia Svetlana Kuznetsova
Australia Alicia Molik
6–7, 6–2, 6–1
2006 Czech Republic Květa Peschke
Italy Francesca Schiavone
Russia Svetlana Kuznetsova
Russia Nadia Petrova
3–6, 7–6, 6–3
2007 Zimbabwe Cara Black
United States Liezel Huber
Russia Svetlana Kuznetsova
Australia Alicia Molik
7–6, 6–4
2008 Zimbabwe Cara Black
United States Liezel Huber
People's Republic of China Zheng Jie
People's Republic of China Yan Zi
7–5, 6–2
↓  Premier 5 tournament  ↓
2009 Zimbabwe Cara Black
United States Liezel Huber
Russia Maria Kirilenko
Poland Agnieszka Radwańska
6–3, 6–3

Sponsors

2010

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Coordinates: 25°14′34.33″N 55°20′33″E / 25.2428694°N 55.3425°E / 25.2428694; 55.3425


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