Top-seeded Osaka opens against Russia's 93rd-ranked Anna Blinkova and could face a third-round date against 15-year-old American Coco Gauff, who eliminated Venus Williams in the first round at Wimbledon in a run to the last 16 in her Grand Slam
debut.Romania's fourth-seeded Halep, coming off her second Grand Slam
title, opens against a qualifier and could face a semi-final against Osaka, who defends a Slam crown for the first time.
Abdulmunam Al Hashemi, Chairman of the UAE Jiu-jitsu Federation, President of Ju-Jitsu Asian Union and Senior Vice President of Ju-Jitsu International Federation, UAEJJF said the Abu Dhabi Grand Slam
tour is aimed at developing and promoting the jiu-jitsu around the world.
"This will be the most special Grand Slam
. I won't lie about that.
The tournament is the premier clay court tennis championship event in the world and the second of four annual Grand Slam
tournaments, the other three being the Australian Open, Wimbledon and the US Open.
That Rhodes-powered title was the closest the Beermen came to a Grand Slam
, before they were ambushed in the semifinals of the Governors' Cup by sister team Ginebra.
The Championship title winners get [pounds sterling]4.5m, but there's an extra [pounds sterling]1m on the table if that team achieves a title win via a Grand Slam
Azerbaijan is represented at the Grand Slam
by 15 judo fighters.
Echoing similar sentiments, Tournament Director Salah Tahlak said: "Angelique Kerber is clearly a very special talent, having won Grand Slam
titles at the Australian and US Opens and Wimbledon.
In all Grand Slam
meetings, Nadal has a clear advantage with a 9-5 win-loss record.
Meanwhile, Djokovic ended a two-year Grand Slam
drought in the summer when he won Wimbledon before going on to win the US Open early last month.
The Grand Slam
Board announced on Thursday (Friday in Manila)that it has given up its earlier-stated intention to revert to 16 seeds in 2019.
Working his way back from elbow surgery he underwent following the Australian Open, Djokovic did not expect to feature in the Grand Slam
picture this season.