Djokovic, Thiem, Wawrinka, Khachanov Immerse In Qatari Culture
The players wore traditional Qatari men's attire while walking the Katara beach. “Catara” was the historical name used for Qatar prior to the 18th century. The buildings and facilities at Katara were deliberately arranged in order to reflect the country's cultural and architectural heritage.
Wawrinka and Khachanov posed for a selfie together, with a couple of their closest friends. The two – Wawrinka and Khachanov, not the camels – will play doubles together on Monday at the Qatar ExxonMobil Open against David Goffin and Pierre-Hugues Herbert. But on Tuesday, Wawrinka and Khachanov will clash in singles.
Djokovic is the top seed in Doha. He, too, will be double dipping in singles and doubles. The Serbian will pair with brother Marko Djokovic on Monday against Cem Ilkel of Turkey and Mubarak Shannan Zayid of Qatar.
Thiem, who finished his 2018 by making his third consecutive appearance at the Nitto ATP Finals, is the second seed and will try to win his third hard-court title.