Defending Dubai champion and world number three Stan Wawrinka took to the skies yesterday for a private flight in a Skydive Dubai gyrocopter. Wawrinka joined one of the Skydive Dubai pilots for a flight over the Burj Al Arab, Palm Jumeriah, and Dubai Marina before making their way back to Skydive Dubai.
Wawrinka, the tournament second seed and reigning US Open champion, said "It was really great fun, I really enjoyed it. It's nice to fly in a small plane and see things from above. Dubai is a great tournament. Last year it was a great week for me, to win the trophy. I'm really happy to be back."
Play in the Dubai Duty Free Tennis Championships, which celebrates its 25th Anniversary this week, continues today, with the finals on Saturday 4 March. Along with Wawrinka, the line-up also includes Wimbledon, Olympic and ATP Finals champion and ATP world number one Andy Murray, Australian Open champion and seven-time Dubai winner Roger Federer, two-time Dubai finalist Tomas Berdych and the entertaining Gael Monfils.
The Dubai Duty Free Tennis Championships is owned and organised by Dubai Duty Free, and held under the patronage of H. H. Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice-President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai.
Tickets are still available from the Box Office at the Dubai Tennis Stadium, Garhoud which opens from 9am to 9pm daily. Tickets are also available online through www.dubaidutyfreetennischampionships.com/en/tickets. For further information about tickets, prices and the tournament visit www.dubaidutyfreetennischampionships.com