The Dubai Duty Free Tennis Championships began life as the Dubai Men’s Open back in 1993, a year in which Karel Novacek won the singles and the pairing of Anders Jarryd/John Fitzgerald the doubles.

Since that tournament almost nineteen years ago, the Championships has continued to go from strength to strength.

The roll call of players in both the men’s and women’s tournaments (the latter of which began in 2001) reads like a ‘who’s who’ of tennis stars – Goran Ivanisevic, Juan Carlos Ferrero, Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal, Martina Hingis, Amelie Mauresmo and Justine Henin have all taken part.

As we celebrate the 21st anniversary this year, we look at some of the press highlights that have taken place at the Dubai Tennis Stadium.