Despite Rafael Nadal's absence, Diriyah Cup satisfied with field

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Despite Rafael Nadal's absence, Diriyah Cup satisfied with field

Prince Abdul Aziz spoke about the Diriyah Cup field. The organizers tried to bring Rafael Nadal who decided to train for more time at home in Mallorca and not play two back-to-back exhibition events as the Spaniard has also committed to playing the Mubadala World Tennis Championship in Abu Dhabi next week.

Aziz said: “I am personally so excited to welcome an amazing line-up of some of the very best tennis players on the planet to Saudi Arabia. Tennis joins a spectacular season of world-class sport, entertainment, music and culture at Diriyah.

Last weekend was a momentous occasion as we hosted a world heavyweight title fight in this extraordinary and unique arena. And we’re now set to make more history over the coming days. Hosting top-tier international tennis in Saudi Arabia for the very first time is another momentous sporting occasion for Saudi Arabia.

The Diriyah Tennis Cup can inspire new players and new fans in Saudi — male, female, old or young. Our goal is to have our people engaged in tennis, inspired by tennis, taking part in tennis and connected as a nation by the sport."

Raul Zurutuza spoke about getting WTA Award for Acapulco event: "Speaking for Mextenis, it's a proudness for me to announce that the Mexican Open was chosen as one of the best tournaments at a world-class level on the WTA Tour.

The fact that we grabbed 12 prizes over 19 editions speak very well about our job and dedication we gave to all the details and it's something female players have appreciated a lot over the years."