is looking ahead to the start of the season with a top notch field at the invitational Mubadala World Tennis Championship Since its inaugural edition in 2009, the World Tennis Championship has become more than just an exhibition event as the world’s top men have returned time and again for their de facto start of the season. This year is certainly no different as World No. 1 Rafael Nadal, two-time defending champion Novak Djokovic, and first edition winner Andy Murray will effectively start their competitive seasons here. Along with David Ferrer, Stanislas Wawrinka and Jo-Wilfried Tsonga, this year’s favoured six have all played here before and fans will enjoy the chance to get an early glimpse of the top players’ form before the ATP season starts in earnest. Nadal and Djokovic will both be aiming for a record third title, and for the defending champion, it will be a first glimpse of how his new coaching arrangement with Boris Becker will fair! Djokovic made the surprise announcement and it will be fascinating to see how that unfolds as we move towards the Australian Open. Nadal is the favourite to take Melbourne by storm in a matter of weeks, and along with Djokovic he spent some time on the South American exhibition circuit before a short break. The real test for Nadal will be sustaining his performance since his return to the tour once he puts in a full season. Murray will make his court comeback here after withdrawing from the tour in September with a back injury. Since his operation in September he has been hard at work in recovery and rehabilitation and has remained cautious about his fitness, so his performance here will be closely scrutinised by fans and pundits alike. Spare a thought, though, for Ferrer who comes here after announcing a shock split from his coach just days before the start of his new season. He had been coached by Javier Piles since he was a teenager, and achieved his career high ranking of World No. 3 earlier in the year after making his first Grand Slam Final at the French Open. Along with Wawrinka, who finished 2013 so strongly and the always entertaining fan favourite Tsonga, fans cannot wait for the start of the new season. Ros Satar Editor of said: “To be able to follow the very best in the world as they gear up for the start of the new season is very exciting, and the World Tennis Championship will provide avid fans an ideal way to plug back in to their favourite stars ahead of the season-proper. They cannot wait, and neither can we.” See the schedule for the Mudabala World Tennis Championship here: Find out how to stream the Mubadala World Tennis Championship here: