Wawrinka & Tsonga Visit National Museum Of Qatar

Main draw action in Doha begins Monday

Top seed Stan Wawrinka and 2012 Qatar ExxonMobil Open champion Jo-Wilfried Tsonga have plenty of positive memories in Doha and added another on Sunday by hitting outside of the National Museum of Qatar.

The 40,000 m² museum was opened to the public last March and is made of interlocking discs that create cavities to protect visitors from the desert heat. The building was designed by architect Jean Nouvel, who got his inspiration from the desert rose crystal.

"I’ve been here for a few days now, so I’m happy to see a little bit of something outside the tennis court," said Wawrinka. "It was great fun and I enjoyed it a lot."

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Wawrinka will open his season against the winner of the all-French battle between Jeremy Chardy and Gregoire Barrere. Third seed Tsonga will start his Doha campaign against Aussie Jordan Thompson or #NextGenATP Serbian Miomir Kecmanovic.

"I think I’ve been practising well," said Wawrinka. "I’m happy with where I am before the start of the first tournament of the year. It’s never even to play your best tennis at the beginning of the year, the first tournament, so I’m here to enjoy, to play well and see where I am."

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