Already announced for the women’s are Bencic and Raducanu, but now the first two of six male players have been announced.

Casper Ruud and Denis Shapovalov are a pair of up and coming 22-year-olds in tennis ranked eighth and 13th respectively.

Ruud has had quite the breakthrough year, winning 5 titles and reaching a career high of world number eight.

“I’ve had a great season this year and I’m excited to make my debut at this year’s Mubadala World Tennis Championship,” Ruud said. “I’m eager to keep improving next year, so Abu Dhabi in December provides a chance to play against the world’s best in preparation for another big season, while exploring a new destination and new cultures.”

Shapovalov had his breakthrough a little earlier in his career, but has made steady progress since then. He hasn’t won any titles this year, but has earned some impressive results including a semifinal at Wimbledon.

“It’s always nice to play in a new city and get the opportunity to see and do different things,” Shapovalov said. “I’m excited to come to Abu Dhabi to see all it has to offer, and I’ve heard great things about the venue so I’m looking forward to playing against the best in the world and putting on a show for the fans.”


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