A Super ShowDown with the stars: A young WWE super fan’s dream comes true

Nassir Al-Khlaiwi, right, in a light mood. (Photo/Supplied)
Updated 07 June 2019

A Super ShowDown with the stars: A young WWE super fan’s dream comes true

  • Super fan Nassir took a road trip with his father Faisal and younger brother Abdullah from Riyadh to attend the event

JEDDAH: Various activities are taking place in Saudi Arabia to celebrate Eid Al-Fitr, among them the World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE) Super ShowDown in Jeddah on June 7-8. 

The event is hosted by the General Sports Authority (GSA) at King Abdullah Sports City Stadium.

Nassir Al-Khlaiwi, 18, a WWE super fan with special needs, took a road trip with his father Faisal and younger brother Abdullah from Riyadh to attend the event. 

Abdullah came up with the idea as a gift to Nassir, who said he has watched every WWE program for the last eight years. 




Nassir with a replica belt. (Photo/Supplied)

“Out of all the shows, I like the Royal Rumble the best because it has lots of people in the ring (at the same time),” Nassir told Arab News. 

“I’m excited to watch the matches live for the first time, and I’m looking forward to watching Roman Reigns in action the most.”

Faisal said: “It’s a good opportunity to spend quality time with my kids during Eid. To have them watch the Super ShowDown live is an added bonus.”

Abdullah said he is looking forward to watching The Undertaker take on Goldberg. Both brothers said they are looking forward to the Battle Royal, which increased the number of participants from 30 to 50 for the first time in its history in Jeddah in April 2018.

The WWE’s latest event in the Kingdom will include Triple H, Kofi Kingston, Dolph Ziggler, Golberg, The Undertaker, and Saudi Arabia’s own Mansour Al-Shehail.


Daniil Medvedev wins inaugural Diriyah Tennis Cup final in Saudi Arabia

Updated 15 December 2019

Daniil Medvedev wins inaugural Diriyah Tennis Cup final in Saudi Arabia

  • The Saudi event makes history as the first to use Hawk-Eye Live technology

RIYADH: Daniil Medvedev has won the inaugural $1 million Diriyah Tennis Cup in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia. Medvedev beat Fabio Fognini 6-2, 6-2 in Saturday’s final.

Earlier in the tournament he beat Jan-Lennard Struff and Belgium’s David Goffin — also in straight sets.

The Diriyah Tennis Cup, sponsored by Saudi Aramco, will certainly go down in history as eight of the world’s best tennis stars met in the Diriyah Arena for the first international tournament played in the Kingdom.

The event also made tennis history as not only the first in Saudi Arabia, but also one of the first to use Hawk-Eye Live technology.

Replacing the need for line judges and providing more accuracy, Hawk-Eye Live sends visual and audio cues to the chair umpire and off-court monitors within a tenth of a second of a ball bouncing, to show faults and out-of-bounds shots without relying on the naked eye.

In the first of the two semifinals, Fognini overcame the spirited efforts of the ever-entertaining Frenchman Gael Monfils.

In the second semifinal, Medvedev — a standout performer on the ATP Tour in 2019 — maintained his remarkable form to outgun David Goffin, 6-3, 6-3 to ease his way into Saturday’s historic final.

BACKGROUND

The Diriyah Tennis Cup, sponsored by Saudi Aramco, will go down in history as eight of the world’s best tennis stars met in the Diriyah Arena for the first international tournament played in the Kingdom.

The Russian has won four titles in 2019 in Sofia, in Cincinnati, in St. Petersburg and in Shanghai. 

He was the finalist in Brisbane, Barcelona, Washington, Montreal and at the US Open.

Ranked No.5, Medvedev played his last match on Nov. 15 when he was defeated by Alexander Zverev in London.

The first day as part of a three-day tournament saw all eight players in action.

First up on court was Italian Fabio Fognini taking on American John Isner, ranked no. 19 and the holder of the third fastest serve of all time in men’s tennis.