QATAR EXXONMOBIL OPEN 2014
Nadal, Ferrer, Murray and Berdych Launch 2014 ATP World Tour Season In Doha
by ATP Staff|
The top four seeds at the Qatar ExxonMobil Open in Doha helped to launch the 2014 ATP World Tour season on Sunday.
The opening week of the 2014 ATP World Tour season started today at the Brisbane International presented by Suncorp, where Roger Federer is competing. The Qatar ExxonMobil Open and the Aircel Chennai Open get underway on Monday.
"I was very happy with what happened last season," 2010 finalist Nadal told ATPWorldTour.com. “But it is now a new year. I am excited to be playing again in Doha and I will try my best. I hope to find my rhythm here and try my best to be competitive form the beginning."
Murray, who has not played a tour-level match since 15 September due to a back injury, is making his ATP World Tour return.
The 2008 and 2009 Doha titlist told ATPWorldTour.com, "I feel pretty good. I got a good few weeks of training over in Miami, but matches are important now in order to get sharp again and feel exactly how my back is. Hopefully, I can get a few matches here this week.
"The surface has changed a little bit since I was last here. I practised on the courts yesterday. It is a great stadium and I have played well here in the past. I hope to play well again."
Five players in the Top 10 of the Emirates ATP Rankings are competing in Doha, including three of the top four (for first time since 2009).