Place: Doha, Qatar
Tournament type: Open
Surface: Outdoor hard
Defending champion (singles) : David Ferrer
Defending champion (doubles): Juan Mónaco & Rafael Nadal
Most singles titles: Roger Federer – 3 (2005, 2006, 2011)
Most doubles titles: Rafael Nadal – 4 (2005, 2009, 2011, 2015)
The Qatar Open, currently known as the Qatar ExxonMobil Open for sponsorship reasons, is a professional tennis tournament played on outdoor hard courts. It is currently part of the ATP World Tour 250 series. It is held annually in January at the Khalifa International Tennis and Squash Complex in Doha, Qatar, since 1993. The Qatar Open has been the site of the ceremonial opening of the ATP World Tour season since 2009.
In 2009, Rafael Nadal and Roger Federer kicked off the season on a tennis court situated on a boat off Doha Bay. The following year saw the duo return, this time playing on a “magic carpet” tennis court in the Souq Waqif. In 2011, the two came back and opened the new season on a court laid in the water of Doha Bay. The 2012 season was once again launched by both Federer and Nadal. This time, they played on a tennis court in the Katara amphitheatre at sunset, amidst more than 4000 burning Roman candles.