2020 QATAR EXXONMOBIL OPEN. A NEW SEASON BEGINS.

Andy Taylor Announcer. Qatar ExxonMobil Open 2020. A New Season BeginsSince 1993, the State of Qatar has hosted the ATP World Tour‘s elite talent at the Khalifa International Tennis and Squash Complex. Several legends of the game, past and present, have captured the week-1 title in Doha — including Boris Becker, Stefan Edberg, Roger Federer and Novak Djokovic.

Last season, Roberto Bautista Agut lifted Doha’s famed falcon for the first time, defeating Stan Wawrinka in the Quarterfinals — World #1 and two-time champion Novak Djokovic in the Semifinals — then Tomas Berdych in Saturday night’s championship match.

Bautista Agut’s 9th-title foreshadowed a tremendous season, professionally and personally. The season saw him achieve several career-firsts. Not to mention, he was forced to reschedule significant life-moments thanks to unexpected runs of success.

The relentless Spaniard reached his first Major Quarterfinal at the Australian Open — defeated World #1 Novak Djokovic again in Miami — then made his Grand Slam Semifinal debut at Wimbledon, forcing him to postpone his scheduled bachelor party!

By November, he cracked the top-10 for the first time, and concluded his season with an inspiring victory in the Davis Cup Final, just 3-days after his father’s death. The following week, Bautista Agut finally got married – this time without any delays. Truly, an amazing year for the the 31-year-old. A remarkable run that started right here in Doha.

2020 promises to be another electrifying start to the ATP World Tour season

While January’s new ATP Cup absorbs much of tennis’ preseason oxygen, the field for the 2020 Qatar ExxonMobil Open is enticing. The draw features a former champion and a pair of past Finalists. Jo-Wilfried Tsonga is always a fan favorite, after his 2012 victory over Gael Monfils. This year’s top-seed Stan Wawrinka was a Finalist at the 2008 Qatar ExxonMobil Open, while 22-year-old Andrey Rublev reached the championship match in 2018.

Qatar ExxonMobil Open. Singles Champions and Leaderboard
The Voice of the Qatar ExxonMobil Open, Andy Taylor featured in Qatar's Tennis Link Magazine
Qatar ExxonMobil Open. Doubles Champions and Leaderboard

The Quarterfinals

Round of 16

Round-1

Qualifying Rounds and Draw Ceremony

In 1993, Boris Becker captured the first Qatar ExxonMobil Open title -- in both singles and doubles.

Since then, Doha has been a week-one beacon for the ATP Tour's elite to knock the rust off, and fine-tune their talents for the coming season. With top-shelf amenities and the Qatar Tennis Federation's determined focus to make every athlete feel at home, Doha offers an easy-going, distraction-free environment to prepare for the year's first Major. From the facilities to the transportation, from the professional staff to the fan-focused presentation, Qatar offers a tremendous opportunity for each player to re-acclimate to the demands of a long and relentless season. It's no wonder players have voted the event ATP-250 Tournament of the Year in 2015, 2017 and 2019.

Humbled to return as the Voice of the Qatar ExxonMobil Open, and excited to see what the new year brings.

Andy Taylor