Fresh from the fireworks of the New Year’s celebration, the
tennis court is expected to receive some explosive action as Andy Murray and
Novak Djokovic, the world’s top two tennis players, are set to play in the
opening day of the 2017 ExxonMobil Open here in Doha, Qatar starting January 2.
Djokovic was recently dethroned by Murray as the No. 1
ranked player. And the likelihood of both players seeing action in the finals
is a possibility, further spicing up the 25th anniversary of the
tennis event. Murray will meet 69 ranked
Jeremy Chardy, while Djokovic, who is the tournament’s defending champion after
beating Rafael Nadal last year, will face German Jan-Lennard Struff ranked 69. Murray
won the event two consecutive times, 2008 and 2009.
Besides the top two players, world no. 10 Tomas Berdych and
Jo-Wilfried Tsonga, ranked no. 12, will also see action. Tsonga won the
tournament in 2012 and could also vie for a finals spot.