The Diriyah Tennis Cup is the first professional tennis tournament ever to be staged in Saudi Arabia, taking place between December 12-14 at the 15,000-seater Diriyah Arena in Riyadh. The very first edition of a professional tennis tournament in Saudi Arabia will offer $3 million, gathering Grand Slam and Masters 1000 winners for thrilling three-day action.
Besides experiencing high-quality tennis action, the organizers will try to stimulate more people to come and play tennis regularly, with no Saudi Arabian players on the ATP or WTA ranking lists. After confirming Stan Wawrinka, Daniil Medvedev, Fabio Fognini and David Goffin, the organizers have revealed two other names that will feature the event, with John Isner and Lucas Pouille making the draw even stronger ahead of the remaining two names that should be announced in the next couple of weeks.
Daniil Medvedev is currently ranked fourth after an incredible run since Washington, reaching six consecutive ATP finals and lifting two Masters 1000 titles that had secured his spot at the ATP Finals for the first time.
Fabio Fognini claimed the first Masters 1000 title in 2019 and cracked the top-10 for the first time, currently standing 12th and seeking one of the remaining spots in London. The three-time Grand Slam champion Stan Wawrinka also had a solid season that has kept him inside the top-20 after a knee injury, hoping for more of the same in 2020.
David Goffin, John Isner and Lucas Pouille are all ranked inside the top-21 and this should be a fantastic event, the first of this kind in Saudi Arabia. Peter-Michael Reichel, co-chairman of Basel Sports Group, the tournament organizer, said: "It is getting inspiring now, we have revealed six of our stars, all who rank among the best men's players on the planet.
For passionate tennis fans, and for anyone who enjoys the drama of live sport, this will be a must-see. Especially as this history-making tournament will be played in this iconic and unique location."