Novak Djokovic faces Carlos Alcaraz in Arabia: tennis sees money from Middle East

The Serb and the Spaniard will join Aryna Sabalenka and Ons Jabuer in an exhibition event which will grant a lot of money to tennis

by Lorenzo Ciotti
Novak Djokovic faces Carlos Alcaraz in Arabia: tennis sees money from Middle East
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Novak Djokovic and Carlos Alcaraz will be involved in the exhibition tournament in Saudi Arabia.

The number one on the WTA circuit, Aryna Sabalenka, will also participate in the pre-season event, as well as the Tunisian Ons Jabeur, three-time Slam finalist. A lineup of stars who will have just enough time to put the season that has just ended in the archive, to immediately focus on the objectives of 2024.

The 24-time Slam champion and the 20-year-old Spaniard will take to the field for the Master 1000 in Paris Bercy, before competing in the Nitto ATP Finals in Turin, which will take place from 12 to 19 November. The 36-year-old Serbian could also decide to contribute to the cause of his Serbia in the final stages of the Davis Cup, set for the period from 21 to 26 November.

Alcaraz, on the other hand, will certainly be absent from the competition with his national team, given Spain's premature elimination in the first qualifying phase. They will therefore be the first bachelors of entertainment, waiting to witness another exciting season of tennis.

Tennis then turns towards Arabia. The Middle Eastern country, with its great economic resources, is spending wildly to have the greatest champions of their sports, as happened with soccer. Now we look at tennis, with the possibility of having an ATP Masters 1000 and a WTA 1000 combined in Arabia starting from 2025.

The season towards its conclusion, then?

The current season is drawing to a close, with many exciting events scheduled for the end-of-year sprint. However, there are already some pre-season events on the doorstep, which will set the circuit on fire starting from the end of 2023.

Tennis never stops and the best tennis players in the world will have little time to relax and enjoy some rest. In fact, a series of exhibition events has been announced that will be held in Saudi Arabia on 26 and 27 December, in which the most beloved names of the ATP and WTA Tours will take part.

Some matches close to the Christmas holidays, in a state which, after having won the rights to the Next Gen Finals, aims to carve out an increasingly important role in the world of tennis. On the spectacular and imposing Saudi courts, there will be many tennis players ready to put on a show in front of the thousands of fans.

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