- Title: Djokovic excited to play rising tennis talent
- Date: 19th December 2019
- Summary: ABU DHABI, UNITED ARAB EMIRATES (DECEMBER 19, 2019) (REUTERS) (SOUNDBITE) (English) TENNIS PLAYER, MARIA SHARAPOVA, SAYING ABOUT PLAYING COMPETITIVELY AGAIN FOLLOWING INJURIES: "Yeah, I think my first step to the season is seeing how my shoulder holds up and how I do and, you know, last year, or this season, has been a very limited season for me in terms of the amount of tournaments that I played. So, tough to make any decisions looking forward right now, I want to take it a step at a time and see where I am a few months into the season."
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- Keywords: Abu Dhabi Novak Djokovic Rafa Nadal tennis
- Location: ABU DHABI, UNITED ARAB EMIRATES / MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA / PARIS, FRANCE / LONDON, ENGLAND, UK
- City: ABU DHABI, UNITED ARAB EMIRATES / MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA / PARIS, FRANCE / LONDON, ENGLAND, UK
- Country: UAE
- Topics: Sport,Tennis
- Reuters ID: LVA006BAN7CXR
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- Story Text:Tennis star Novak Djokovic believe it is a 'positive' thing that new talent is rising through the sport to challenge the established top order of players.
Djokovic, Rafa Nadal and Roger Federer have all dominated tennis for more than a decade, but the likes of Stefanos Tsitsipas has a chance to show he can beat them at the Mubadala World Tennis Championship.
Nadal echoed Djokovic's sentiments and said it is going to be 'exciting' to see what the new talent can produce in the tournament taking place in Abu Dhabi, UAE.
Russian competitor Maria Sharapova is also due to appear at the event after a year blighted by injury problems. Her aim, she said, is 'to be the best again' and win majors.
This year's event runs from 19-21 December, 2019, and Djokovic will aim to retain the title he won last year.
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