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Posted On: 9 March 2021 10:52 am
Updated On: 9 March 2021 11:02 am

Qatar ExxonMobil Open kicks off; top players to start in second round

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The main round of Qatar ExxonMobil Open, organized by the Qatar Tennis, Squash and Badminton Federation, kicked off Monday, 8 March 2021, at Khalifa International Complex, with the participation of a large number of the world's top-ranked players.

The organizing committee said the top four players: Austrian Dominic Thiem, Swiss Roger Federer, Russian Andrei Rublev and Canadian Denis Shapopalov will not compete in the first main round, which will be held over two days, and that they will start their career from the second round, scheduled for Wednesday.

The organizing committee of the championship, headed by Nasser bin Ghanim Al Khelaifi, is making tremendous efforts in light of precautionary measures due to the novel coronavirus in order to continue the impressive success achieved during hosting Qatar Total Open, which concluded on Saturday.

Georgian Nikoloz Basilashvili reached the second round of the Qatar ExxonMobil Open after defeating Australian John Millman 2-6, 6-4, 6-2.

Russian player Aslan Karatsev beat Qatari national team player Mubarak Shannan Zayed, the wildcard entrant, 6-4, 6-0.

Kazakh Alexander Bublik also qualified for the second round after beating Indian Ramkumar 6-4 and 6-2.

Tuesday will see six matches of Qatar Exxon Mobil take place at Khalifa International Tennis and Squash Complex.

No. 6 seed David Goffin will face Filip Krajinovic. While the competition's No. 7 seed Stan Wawrinka will meet Lloyd Harris. The other games will see Jeremy Chardy face Daniel Evans, Christopher O'Connell against Vasek Pospisil, Norbert Gombos against Malek Jaziri, and Dusan Lajovic against Marton Fucsovics.


Source: Qatar News Agency

Image credit: Qatar Tennis Federation