Doha

Twice a year, announcer Andy Taylor travels to Doha, Qatar to host the Qatar Tennis Federation’s ATP-250 and WTA-Premier tournaments: The Qatar ExxonMobil Open and the Qatar Total Open. There, he emcees the draw ceremony, hosts the official Player’s Dinner, introduces the athletes during player walk-on, interviews the winners on-court for international broadcasters, gives-away thousands of dollars worth of electronics to fans, and hosts the championship trophy presentations.

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VIDEO: Titan the Robot teases the Semifinal matches

In 2014, Bein Sports (France) profiled Andy during their coverage of the Qatar ExxonMobil Open. The video gives a glimpse of what life is like behind the scenes at the Khalifa International Tennis and Squash compex. Andy has also played the role of “Titan the Robot” during the tournament, providing voiceover for the robot as he teased the upcoming Semifinal matches.

The Qatar ExxonMobil Open is a week-one event on the ATP World Tour, covering the first week of January, as players get back into competitive rhythm after the off-season. The Qatar Total Open follows the Australian Open, typically during weeks seven or eight on the WTA Tour.

Past Champions

In 2014, Andy’s first year as host of the Qatar ExxonMobil Open, Rafael Nadal defeated Gael Monfils in a thrilling, deciding-set Final. A three-time Qatar ExxonMobil Open doubles champion, it was Nadal’s first singles title in Doha. Later that February, Simona Halep captured her 7th career title, defeating Angelique Kerber in the championship match.

David Ferrer earned Qatar ExxonMobil Open title in 2015, defeating Tomas Berdych in the Final. On the ladies side, Lucie Safarova earned the biggest singles title of her career, earning the championship match over 2-time Qatar Total Open Champion Victoria Azarenka. It was Lucie’s first Premier-level win on Tour, and with the victory, she climbed the rankings to World #11.

Enter Novak Djokovic

After falling to Ivo Karlovic in his Doha debut in 2015, Djokovic dominated Doha. In 2016, he was unbeatable versus Rafael Nadal in the championship match. He followed that up with a deciding-set victory over Andy Murray in the Final of the Qatar ExxonMobil’s 25th anniversary.

Meanwhile, Carla Suarez Navarro won the biggest singles title of her career at the 2016 Qatar Total Open, defeating Jelena Ostapenko in the Final. Karolina Pliskova earned the title the following year, after a rain-soaked week in Doha, downing Caroline Wozniacki in straight sets.

 

In Print. Andy profiled in Qatar Tribune and Qatar Today.

 

Announcer Impersonations. Azarenka. Djokovic.

Announcer Impersonation. Victoria Azarenka

Announcer Impersonation. Novak Djokovic

 

Doha Photos. Through the Years…

2015. David Beckham

2016. Player Walkon. Qatar Total Open Championship Match

2014. Rafael Nadal. Championship Trophy Presentation

2015. Victoria Azarenka. Championship Trophy Presentation

2016. Qatar Total Open. Failed attempt as a ball kid

2017. Novak Djokovic. Qatar ExxonMobil Open

2015. Doubles Champions: Juan Monaco and Rafael Nadal

2017. Garbine Muguruza - her first of two matches during a rain-soaked tournament

2017. Doubles Champions: Jeremy Chardy and Fabrice Martin

2014. Chair Umpire Emmanuel Messina

2016. Qatar Total Open Production Team

2016. Bein Sports. Andy Kerr. Nicky Crosby. Jan-Michael Gambill