Gael Monfils shared why he is playing the Diriyah Cup in Saudi Arabia this week. The Frenchman, who faced Stan Wawrinka on Thursday, said: "I decided to come here because of the history. I think it is a historical event and to be part of such is very special."
Wawrinka added: "I visited Saudi Arabia a few months ago, and I was impressed with what they’ve built in a very short amount of time”. Daniil Medvedev added: “It is really exciting here and a completely new experience.
Things are changing here in Saudi Arabia and this tennis tournament shows this”. John Isner added: “I really like it here. The weather is great, we have nice clothes. The local organization is very professional. It began with a very warm welcome and we are feeling very good here.
It is a beautiful court; a beautiful stadium and I think I could not ask for a better venue for this tournament. All the players are very happy to be here”. O'Keeffe drew a nice comparison between his rival and tennis players: "Marnus Labuschagne’s eyes are interesting guys.
A mate of mine who studies eye position tells me his (Labuschagne's) eyes are so close together it’s such an advantage. He suggests Roger Federer and Novak Djokovic… athletes who both have eyes very close together and I’ve looked at Marnus’ and they’re tight. Just a thought. It’s a theory."