Saudi Arabia all set for Diriyah Tennis Cup as final player line-up revealed

The tournament will take place on Dec. 12 to 14. (Supplied)
Updated 03 December 2019

Saudi Arabia all set for Diriyah Tennis Cup as final player line-up revealed

  • The three-day showdown will take place at the purpose-built Diriyah Arena
  • Musical acts, performing after the Saudi Aramco-sponsored tennis finishes, will also be announced soon

DUBAI: The final line-up for the inaugural Diriyah Tennis Cup was announced on Tuesday, confirming eight top players to step on-court in Saudi Arabia for the first time.

French player Gael Monfils, who is ranked 10th, is joining the tennis tournament that will be held on the outskirts of Riyadh on Dec. 12 to 14.




Gael Monfils. (Supplied)

German rising star Jan-Lennard Struff also confirmed his participation, completing the list of eight tennis superstars representing seven different nationalities at the outdoor hardcourt tournament, held as part of the Diriyah Season, a month-long celebration of sport, entertainment and culture.




Jann-Lennard Struff. (Supplied)

The three-day showdown will take place at the purpose-built Diriyah Arena, which is also hosting the world heavyweight title rematch between Andy Ruiz Jr and Anthony Joshua the week before.

Musical acts, performing after the Saudi Aramco-sponsored tennis finishes, will also be announced soon as part of the Diriyah season.

“Hosting top-tier international tennis in Saudi Arabia for the very first time is another momentous sporting occasion for Saudi Arabia. It is hugely exciting to confirm our final line-up of world class tennis stars from so many different countries that fans in the Kingdom cannot wait to get close to,” Prince Abdulaziz bin Turki Al-Faisal, chairman of the General Sports Authority of Saudi Arabia, said.

Tickets for all Diriyah Season’s concerts, events and entertainment are available at www.diriyahseason.sa.


Riyadh route revealed for inaugural Saudi Tour cycling event

Updated 24 January 2020

Riyadh route revealed for inaugural Saudi Tour cycling event

  • The race, will begin at the Saudi Arabian Olympic Committee headquarters on Feb. 4 and end on Feb. 8 at Al-Masmak Fort

RIYADH: The Saudi Cycling Federation on Thursday revealed the full route for next month’s inaugural Saudi Tour event in Riyadh.

The 755 kilometer race, which is split into five daily stages, will begin at the Saudi Arabian Olympic Committee headquarters on Feb. 4 and end on Feb. 8 at Al-Masmak Fort. Along the way, the competitors will pass many Riyadh landmarks, including Sadus Castle, Wadi Namar Park and Al-Bujairi historical district.

Eighteen teams from 13 countries will compete, and the riders include Mark Cavendish from the UK, Frenchman Nacer Bouhanni and Dutch cyclist Niki Terpstra.

Subah Al-Kraidees, chairman of the Saudi Cycling Federation, said he is delighted that the Kingdom is hosting a major Union Cycliste Internationale cycling event for the first time.

“I am so proud that the Saudi Cycling Federation is able to see one of its dreams realized with this event, and to have Saudi Arabia recognized as an important station in the international biking scene,” he said. “This is a great opportunity for Saudi athletes to rub shoulders with international bikers, and to see what they have achieved and learn from their experiences.”

The Saudi Tour will be broadcast worldwide by 25 TV networks, six of whom will also live stream the event.

Three other events will take place on the sidelines of the main race: a public bike ride from noon to 12:45 p.m. on Feb. 6, a junior race on the same day from 1 p.m. to 2.40 p.m., and a women’s ride from 12.30 p.m. to 1.30 p.m. on Feb. 8.

You can find more details of the event and broadcast schedules, and track the teams and their race times, at www.thesauditour.com.