2020 Qatar Total Open | First Premier-5 Event of the WTA Season

Announcer Andy Taylor. Qatar Total Open 2018 Trophy Ceremony. Champion Petra Kvitova

2018 Doha Champion Petra Kvitova. The Trophy Ceremony

Premier-5 means an avalanche of tennis at this year’s Qatar Total Open. Fans can expect a total of 106 matches from the WTA’s best between February 21st and February 29th at the Khalifa International Tennis and Squash Complex. On Center Court alone, we’ll see 25 matches starting the 23rd.

One of only five WTA Premier-5 events on this year’s tennis calendar, the 2020 Qatar Total Open will pay-out nearly $3-million in prize money. Belgium’s Elise Mertens returns as the defending champion. She captured last season’s Premier title over top-seed Simona Halep. 2018’s Premier-5 Champion Petra Kvitova returns as well.

Other top talents in this year’s draw include World #1 Ashleigh Barty, 2015 Champion Karolina Pliskova, 2016 Champion Carla Suarez Navarro and 2018 Finalist Garbiñe Muguruza.

This year’s winner will lift the Qatar Total Open Falcon for the 18th time. Since 2001, 14 different players have captured the Doha title. Three have won the Singles title twice: Anastasia Myskina (2003 2004), Maria Sharapova (2005 2008), and Victoria Azarenka (2012 2013). While Sharapova remains the youngest Qatar Total Open champion (17-years-old), Azarenka is the only 3-time Finalist.

In Doubles, there are six 2-time champions – including 2019 winners Latisha Chan and Chan Hao-ching. Slovenia’s Katarina Srebotnik and American Liezel Huber share the record for most Doubles Finals with four each. If you include championship match appearances in Qatar’s WTA Finals, Katarina Srebotnik and Kveta Peschke are both 5-time Doha Finalists, while Liezel Huber holds the record with 6.

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

Qualifying Rounds and Draw Ceremony

In 2001, Martina Hingis captured the first Qatar Total Open title. Her opponent in the Final, Sadrine Testud, also won the Doubles title with partner Roberta Vinci. Since then, Doha has become a significant stop on the WTA Tour. In February 2008, the tournament became a Tier-I event - and later that November, hosted it's first of three WTA Finals. Today, the Qatar Total Open alternates Premier-5 seasons with Dubai's Duty Free Tennis Championships.

With luxurious amenities and the Qatar Tennis Federation's determined focus to make every athlete feel at home, Doha offers an easy-going environment for players and their teams. From the facilities to the transportation, from the professional staff to the fan-focused presentation, Qatar offers a top-shelf production players eagerly anticipate every February.

Very humbled to be back as the Voice of the Qatar Total Open, and excited to make lasting memories with this year's field of tremendous talent.

Andy Taylor