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Doha, QATAR - Retaining his top ranking, Rafael Nadal made a winning start to the New Year by successfully taking the top spot at the Qatar ExxonMobil Open 2014 championship last night after a three-set final against France’s Gael Monfils.
The World Number 1 men’s tennis player won 6-1, 6-7(5), 6-2 in one hour 59 minutes taking the coveted Doha title in front of a packed crowd at the Khalifa International Tennis and Squash Complex.
Qatar Airways, the Official Airline of the six-day event, has been a strong supporter of the tournament over the years.
The airline and its subsidiary Qatar Duty Free (QDF), bronze sponsor of the tournament had a presence at the public village with dedicated pavilions.
“Qatar Airways is very proud to have offered tennis fans truly world-class action from some of the most exceptional tennis players. Our congratulations go out to Nadal for winning this prestigious title in Doha for the first time,” said the airline’s Vice President Commercial Qatar Ehab Amin.
Qatar Airways has seen rapid growth in just 17 years of operations, currently flying a modern fleet of 129 aircraft to 134 key business and leisure destinations across Europe, Middle East, Africa, Asia Pacific and The Americas.
Over the next few weeks and months, the network will grow further with Sharjah and Dubai World Central, both in the UAE (March 1, 2014), Larnaca, Cyprus (April 29, 2014), Philadelphia, USA (April 2, 2014), Sabiha Gökçen Airport, Turkey (May 22, 2014), Edinburgh, Scotland (May 28, 2014), Miami, USA (June 10, 2014) and Dallas/Fort Worth, USA (July 1, 2014).
Notes to Editors:
On October 30, 2013, Qatar Airways joined the oneworld Alliance, becoming the only major Gulf carrier to join a global airline alliance, enabling its customers to benefit from almost a thousand airports in more than 150 countries, with 14,000 daily departures.
Award-winning carrier Qatar Airways was presented with three honours at the annual Skytrax 2013 World Airline Awards held during the Paris Air Show at Le Bourget, France last June. The airline was awarded World’s Best Business Class, World’s Best Business Class Lounge and, for the second consecutive year, Best Airline Staff Service in the Middle East.
During the 2013 Dubai Air Show the airline placed orders for more than 60 new aircraft – a mixture of Boeing 777X and Airbus A330 Freighters. In total the airline has more than 280 aircraft on order worth more than US $50 billion. The airline will move into its new hub and home, Hamad International Airport from early 2014.
For further information contact:
Qatar Airways Group, Corporate Communications Department
Tel: +974 44302072, Fax: +974 44302069