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05 December 2023

'Sold out' Dubai Tennis Open tickets sold online - again

Last ticket for the men’s final on February 28. Grand stand ticket. Dh1,100, reads an online offer. (Supplied)

By Sneha May Francis

Tickets for the men’s Dubai Duty Free Tennis championships may be “sold out”, but latecomers can still grab a deal on bargain websites.

Many offers have emerged with marked-up prices.

“Last ticket for the men’s final on February 28. Grand stand ticket. Dh1,100,” reads an online offer. The regular fare for the single ticket for the finals is Dh600, totalling a mark-up of Dh500.

Another seller pitched with Valentine’s offer. “Dubai tennis open. What are you waiting for? Federer the king. Djokovic the number 1. And, British Andy Murray is back. It was amazing game last time.” The offer was for Dh500 for a ticket to the quarter finals, originally priced at Dh350.

Another seller posted Dh1,400 for the finals (originally Dh600), and Dh1,000 for a Dh450 semi-finals ticket. This seller even marked-up day 1 and 2 tickets for Dh200. The original costs Dh75.

There was even a blanket offer of Dh1,500 for a ticket for any of the three main days.

One seller claimed to have tickets for all days. When Emirates24|7 called to check, he claimed he didn’t have many left. “I only have two left for the quarter finals, and they are for Dh500.”

Another advertisement read, “Two men’s final tickets for Dh1,500.” The actual worth is Dh1,200.

Viagogo, which is a global ticketing website, also advertised tickets to the Dubai Open.

Tickets for the men’s round, which runs between February 23 and 28, were declared a “sell out” online soon after the sale started on January 19.

Later, the TimeOut ticketing link announced “sold out online and at the timeout tickets box-office” for all days of the men’s event.

The ticketing counter at the Dubai Duty Free Tennis stadium painted a similar picture. The last four days of the men’s round were declared “closed”.

When Emirates24|7 checked with the ticketing officers, they informed tickets to the “closed” dates might be available on the day of the match or a day earlier.

“We might get return tickets, so you can come back and check on the day of the match,” the officer added.

When Emirates 24|7 contacted the organisers of the Dubai tennis championship, they did not issue an official statement.

Grandstand ticket prices range from Dh75 for opening rounds to Dh600 for the men’s finals, with season tickets available at Dh1,650 for Grandstand and Dh2,200 for PrimeB seats.

Dubai Duty Free Tennis Championships between February 23 and 28 will feature action-packed ATP tournament featuring Novak Djokovic, Roger Federer, Andy Murray and Tomas Berdych.