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Video of the Day

The Qatar ExxonMobil Open in Doha is already underway and the top two players in the world will both be playing their first round matches tomorrow.  Before the action began, however, Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal celebrated the beginning of the new ATP season by playing a very interesting game of tennis aboard an Arabian Dhow. This Dhow, which is a type of boat, had a specially made court on its deck.

When speaking about the event, Phil Anderton, the ATP Chief Marketing Officer, stated that “having the world’s two best players in Rafa and Roger help launch the new 2009 ATP World Tour in such spectacular fashion is very apt. Today’s launch marks the start of an exciting new chapter in the ATP’s history with a number of wide reaching and ambitious changes introduced to help build on our sport’s undoubted global popularity. With 63 events in over 30 countries, the ATP World Tour is a truly global sporting event featuring some of the world’s greatest and most popular athletes and this week’s tournaments in Doha, Chennai and Brisbane are the first in what will be an exceptionally exciting season’s race to become the 2009 ATP World Tour Champion.”

There are three ATP events this week; but, the Qatar Exxonmobil Open certainly has the toughest field, as 3 of the top 4 players are in the field. Tomorrow, Federer will face Potito Starace, whereas Nadal will face Fabrice Santoro.

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