QATAR. Georgian player Nikoloz Basilashvili won the Qatar ExxonMobil Open tennis tournament on Saturday, an event that further boosted the international profile of airline sponsor Qatar Airways and retail sponsor Qatar Duty Free.
Basilashvili beat Spaniard Roberto Bautista Agut during a thrilling final at the Khalifa International Tennis and Squash Complex.
Top-ranked tennis players taking part included Roger Federer, Andrey Rublev and Dominic Thiem.
Qatar Airways Group Chief Executive, His Excellency Akbar Al Baker, said: “Qatar Airways congratulates Nikoloz Basilashvili on his well-deserved win at the Qatar ExxonMobil Open 2021 and we look forward to welcoming him back to Doha next year to defend his title.
“The Qatar ExxonMobil Open tournament is a highlight in the country’s thriving international sports calendar and remains an event that both the players and the fans look forward to. We are delighted to have supported the 29th edition of the annual tennis championship.”
Qatar Airways Senior Vice-President Marketing and Corporate Communications Salam Al Shawa said: “Qatar Airways is proud to bring together the world’s most talented tennis players here in Doha, to the delight of millions of fans who watched this prestigious event online. The successful hosting of such world-class sporting events further supports Qatar’s ambition to achieve sporting excellence in the region and empowers individuals and teams to realise their own potential.”
Qatar Duty Free Vice President Operations Thabet Musleh said: “It was a great pleasure hosting another successful tournament in partnership with the Qatar Tennis Federation. After an unpredictable and eventful competition, we are thrilled to congratulate Nikoloz Basilashvili on his fantastic win of this year’s ExxonMobil championship. We would like to extend our heartfelt gratitude to all the players and to the QTF for making this much anticipated annual sporting event possible despite the ongoing challenges.”
In all, 28 players made the entry list for the singles event of this year’s ATP Tour 250 series tournament, while 16 teams took part in the doubles event.