ATP could ban Six Kings Slam players, but Saudi Arabia can bypass the rule

There are very specific rules that prohibit tennis players from participating in an exhibition event for three consecutive days during the tennis season, but...

by Lorenzo Ciotti
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ATP could ban Six Kings Slam players, but Saudi Arabia can bypass the rule
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The Six Kings Slam exhibition generated very mixed opinions among media, insiders, tennis players and fans. The event in Saudi Arabia will cover the six participants with gold (Novak Djokovic, Carlos Alcaraz, Daniil Medvedev, Jannik Sinner, Rafael Nadal and Holger Rune - ed.), who, however, would risk facing a disqualification by the ATP.

This is due to the fact that the performance will take place in October, simultaneously with other official events of the ATP Tour. The rules stipulate that tennis players cannot participate in exhibition events of this type for more than three consecutive days, if official ATP events are underway.

But the Saudi organizers have already devised a plan to avoid disqualifications for the players. That is, two days of competition followed by one of rest, in a cycle that will be repeated for the entire competition which could last up to 9 days. By never playing for 3 days in a row, tennis players will therefore not risk running into a disqualification.

Tennis in Arabia
Tennis in Arabia© Alexander Scheuber / Stringer Getty Images Sport
 

The Six Kings Slam and the controversies surrounding it

Saudi Arabia is trying to take everything, thanks to its unlimited financial resources. First they started with soccer, attracting superstars like Cristiano Ronaldo and Karim Benzema and now they are focusing on tennis.

The Six Kings Slam exhibition will be played in Riyadh in October. An event that sparked a lot of controversy, even among the media, insiders and tennis players themselves.

The entry list for the tournament is incredible given that the tennis players on the court will be Novak Djokovic, Carlos Alcaraz, Daniil Medvedev, Jannik Sinner, Rafael Nadal and Holger Rune.

With the sole exception of the Danish player, all players who have already won at least one Slam. Already last December, an exhibition between Novak Djokovic and Carlos Alcaraz was held in Saudi Arabia, before their respective departures for Melbourne.

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