ATP Dubai Open preview – seeds, draw, schedule, and predictions

Ready for the start of the 2024 ATP Dubai Open? The draw has officially been made, and the tournament is set to begin on Monday, February 26th. This is one of two 500-level tournaments set to be played this week, with the other being the Acapulco Open.

Of course, the focus here is to give you a comprehensive ATP Dubai Open preview, for which I’ve covered the most important angles ahead of this event’s beginning. However, for those of you who are interested, you may wish to check out my ATP Acapulco Open preview too, especially since many big names are playing in that tournament too.

That said, there are claims for the 2024 Dubai Open being ‘stronger’ than the event taking place in Mexico. And that’s because names like Medvedev, Rublev, Hurkacz, Khachanov, and other top players are set to participate in this tournament. To clarify, that shows three top 10 players in a single event, and for a 500-level tournament, this is insanely strong!

2024 ATP Dubai Open Preview

With this in mind, it’s not just the individuals taking part that you must be aware of. In order to provide a thorough ATP Dubai Open preview, I must go beyond the players to cover other elements such as the draw, prize money, tournament format, top seeds, and more. So, if those are the kinds of details you are seeking today, simply read on.

2024 ATP Dubai Open preview – key tournament information

Since the draw is officially available for this tournament, we’ve jumped right in and provided many tennis predictions today that relate to the upcoming matches. Of course, you can check these out whenever you like, and our predictions reveal some of the best plays for the most exciting matches. However, this is all secondary to the main focus today, which is to give you a detailed ATP Dubai Open preview for this 500-level event.

So, before I dive into some specifics of the men’s singles draw, I’d like to share a few pieces of important information that relate to the tournament as a whole. 

ATP Dubai Open prize money

In addition to the 500 points available for the winner of the 2024 Dubai Open, there is a total prize pool of almost $3 million split between the singles and doubles events. More specifically, the winner of the men’s singles will receive $550,140 in prize money, while the runner-up is set to receive $296,000. 

Defending champion

As you may have guessed from the quick overview of the participants earlier, one of those players is the defending champion. And as it happens, it’s Daniil Medvedev who is back to defend his title in Dubai this year. This will be the first tournament that Medvedev has played since losing in the finals of the Australian Open at the end of January.

Lastly, you can track Daniil Medvedev’s next match at the Dubai Open through our dedicated page.

Tournament schedule

As I briefly touched upon in the introduction to this ATP Dubai Open preview, the tournament is set to start on Monday, February 26th. Since that is tomorrow (at the time of writing), we don’t have long to wait until things officially begin! As for the day-by-day schedule for this event, please see the breakdown below:

  • First rounds – February 26th & 27th
  • Second rounds – February 28th
  • Quarter-finals – February 29th
  • Semi-finals – March 1st
  • Final – March 2nd

For those of you hoping for specific order of play details, these will be available via the main tournament website on a daily basis.

ATP Dubai Open format

Now I can turn my attention to the actual draw concerning this ATP Dubai Open preview. Specifically, this tournament consists of 32 players in the men’s singles draw, whereas the men’s doubles draw consists of 16 pairs (32 players in total). And like other ATP events, the 2024 Dubai Open follows a progressive knockout format, with all matches played as the best of three sets.

A detailed ATP Dubai Open preview for the draw

To give further substance to my preview for this tournament, I have to look at the draw and detail the most important elements. For me, this comes down to the top seeds, as well as the wildcards and qualifiers, for which I’ve given specifics in the following sections.

Top seeds

Given the size of the men’s singles draw, there are 8 seeds in total. Of course, this means there are 4 seeds in the top half and 4 in the bottom half, as identified below:

ATP Dubai Open Preview 2024

Top half

  • Daniil Medvedev (1)
  • Hubert Hurkacz (3)
  • Ugo Humbert (5)
  • Alejandro Davidovich-Fokina (8)

Bottom half

  • Andrey Rublev (2)
  • Karen Khachanov (4)
  • Adrian Mannarino (6)
  • Alexander Bublik (7)

Wildcards & qualifiers

Besides the other main draw entrants, the other part of the draw I must showcase in this ATP Dubai Open preview relates to the qualifiers and wildcards. Once again, these are outlined below:


  • Sumit Nagal
  • Gael Monfils
  • Abedallah Shelbayh


  • Max Marterer
  • Tomas Machac
  • Marton Fucsovics
  • Arthur Cazaux

Lastly, to add to the listed wildcards and qualifiers, I should point out that Denis Shapovalov is in the main draw through his ‘protected ranking’ status. And Jakub Mensik is also in with a ‘special exempt’ status.

ATP Dubai Open preview – my tournament predictions

To wrap things up for this tournament preview, I wish to provide a couple of predictions for who might win the event. On that note, I’ve given a most likely winner prediction and one other potential winner prediction to supply two possible outcomes. 

Most likely winner – Daniil Medvedev

To be perfectly honest, I can’t see anyone in better stead to win the ATP Dubai Open than Daniil Medvedev. He comes into this tournament as the world number 4, and his last performance included a run to the finals in Melbourne. So really, he is the obvious choice for this tournament, not to mention that he is the top seed.

Second possible winner – Karen Khachanov

Besides Medvedev, I believe that Karen Khachanov is someone with a possible shot at the title here. I say this because he comes to Dubai off the back of a title run in Qatar. Therefore, he will feel confident, and the big-hitting Russian is a threat to everyone in the draw – no doubt about it.

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