05 Jan 2015
It’s not very often Novak Djokovic finds himself on court two anywhere around the world. Or that Rafael Nadal finds himself on court one of a tournament. But such is the depth of the Qatar ExxonMobil Open.
Both players are not regular doubles players but both will be on court with their partners on day one of the tournament.

Nadal teams up with Argentina’s Juan Monaco to take on the Italian Simone Bolelli and Leonardo Mayer (Argentina) and Djokovic will play alongside countryman Filip Krajinovic against the wildcard team of Qatari Jabor Mohammed Ali Mutawa and Tunisia’s Malek Jaziri.

Last year, Nadal produced a 6-1, 6-7(5), 6-2 victory over Gael Monfils of France in the singles final played at Khalifa Tennis Complex.

Also playing this week include third seed Thomas Berdych of the Czech republic, fourth seed David Ferrer of Spain who are both ranked in the world’s top 10 players. Fifth seed is Philipp Kohlscreiber of Germany.

France's Richard Gasquet is the sixth seed, Croatia's tall tennis star Ivo Karlovic is the seventh seed while Leonardo Mayer of Argentina rounds out the top eights seeds..

The winner in Doha will take away $195,000 and 250 valuable ranking points. The losing finalist goes home with $102,675 and 150 ranking points.

After the January 10 final in Doha, the players will head to Melbourne or other lead-up tournament for the season’s first Grand Slam in Australia.

Please note.

The press conference with President of QTF H.E Nasser Bin Ghani Al Khelaifi will be tomorrow (Monday 5 January) at 12pm.

The Novak Djokovic press conference is at 12:30pm tomorrow (Monday 5 January).