The main draw for the WTA Qatar Open has been confirmed amid the Middle East swing. This will be the first WTA 1000 tournament of the year, featuring the two-time defending champion Iga Swiatek and several Grand Slam champions such as Coco Gauff, Elena Rybakina, Emma Raducanu, and Naomi Osaka.
The tournament is scheduled to take place from February 12 to 18 and will have a draw of 56 singles players. The notable absence will be the recent Australian Open champion Aryna Sabalenka, who has opted for additional time to recover after her campaign in Melbourne, where she secured her second Grand Slam title.
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Other absentees include Madison Keys due to a shoulder injury, and Petra Kvitova and Belinda Bencic, both on maternity leave. The only player entering with a protected ranking will be the former world No. 1, Osaka.
The tournament will play its 22nd edition and has never had a champion of Arab origin. The only player who reached the final was Tamarine Tanasugarn from Thailand in 2002, but she lost to Monica Seles. This year, Ons Jabeur is sure to be one of the main attractions as an Arab hopeful. Additionally, Swiatek will be aiming for her third consecutive title, which would make her the all-time leading winner in WTA Doha history.
WTA DRAW 2024 Qatar Open featuring Iga SWIATEK, Coco GAUFF, Elena RYBAKINA and more tough luck for Naomi OSAKA
Viewers worldwide can catch the tournament action with the best players starting from February 5 through the following television broadcasts:
Sky Sports - United Kingdom
beIN SPORTS - Australia & France
Tennis Channel - USA, Puerto Rico, Germany, Austria, Switzerland & Netherlands
TVA - Canada
Supertennis - Italy, San Marino & Vatican City
Canal+ - Poland
ESPN / Star Plus - Latin America
Sportsmax - Caribbean
Telia - Estonia
TV2 - Denmark
DigiSport - Romania
Eleven Sports - Portugal
Match4 - Hungary
O2 - Czech Republic
Playsports/Telenet - Belgium
PragoSports/RTVS - Slovakia
Setanta - Baltics, CIS & Ukraine
Sportklub - Balkans
DAZN - Spain & Japan
TapDMV - Philippines
Astro - Malaysia & Brunei
NOW TV - Hong Kong
Reddentes Sports/Champions TV/Emtek - Indonesia
Spark - New Zealand
Sportcast - Chinese Taipei
Starhub - Singapore
Truevisions - Thailand
Live streaming will also be available on WTA TV.