World number six tennis star Jo-Wilfried Tsonga put on a top performance in Qatar over the weekend, winning the Qatar Airways-sponsored Qatar ExxonMobil Open 2012.
The French star won the title in two straight sets, beating compatriot Gael Monfils, 7-5, 6-3, in front of an enthusiastic crowd at the Khalifa International Tennis and Squash Complex.
Qatar Airways, official airline of the six-day event, has been a strong supporter of the tournament over the years.
The tournament saw the former world number one crowd favourites Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal compete, but they failed to make it to the final.
Qatar Airways Chief Executive Officer Akbar Al Baker said: “My congratulations go out to Jo-Wilfried Tsonga for winning this year's tournament.
The Qatar ExxonMobil Open gets better year after year and we were very proud to have flown some of the world's best tennis players to Doha for what was an exciting tournament.”Tsonga will now compete in next week's Australian Open, in Melbourne, his sixth time playing in the prestigious competition since turning professional in 2004.
Qatar Airways operates a modern fleet of 103 aircraft to 110 key business and leisure destinations across Europe, Middle East, Africa, Asia Pacific, North America and South America from its hub in Doha. The airline has orders worth over US$50 billion for more than 250 aircraft, including Boeing 787s, 777s, Airbus A350s, A380s and A320 Family of aircraft. The rapid expansion of Qatar Airways prompted the State of Qatar to embark on one of its biggest projects – the construction of a brand new international airport in Doha, which is scheduled to open in 2012.
Skytrax, the only global independent passenger survey monitoring airline standards, is considered the ultimate benchmark for excellence in the airline industry. In addition to winning Skytrax's prestigious Airline of the Year 2011 award last summer, Qatar Airways was named Best Airline in the Middle East for the sixth year in a row, and its Premium Terminal at Doha International Airport was named Best First Class Airline Lounge. www.qatarairways.com