Saudi Arabia will host their first ever international tennis tournament in December this year. The Diriyah Tennis Cup, as it is named, will take place between December 12-14, and will feature eight of the world’s ranked players. Get all the information around this including the Diriyah Tennis Cup Live Streaming, Tickets & Predictions in the sections below.
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This is seen as a historic step in The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia’s efforts to make itself an elite sports nation. The Diriyah Tennis Cup isn’t a standalone tennis competition, but will share the space with some of the other sporting events in the Diriyah Season. The one month long sporting event will have two Formula E races, a boxing world heavyweight title bout which is called the Clash On The Dunes and the Diriyah Equestrian Festival sandwiching the showcase tennis event.
The Diriyah Tennis Cup is already looking like it will be a success with some of the best players in the world committing themselves to the inaugural tournament. In the first edition of the tournament, some of the top players in the tennis world can be expected to take part in the competition. More information on the players taking part in the Diriyah Tennis Cup can be found below.
The maiden edition of the event will offer up a total prize money of $3 million. The three-day tournament will take place in the Diriyah Arena, which has a capacity of 15,000. While it is set to be a huge event in terms of the prize money, it will not offer any ATP points since it is not yet a part of the ATP tour.
“Our vision is to achieve greater participation in sport – hosting the world’s best tennis players here can only help to achieve our goals. Sport provides incredible opportunities to engage and inspire people; tennis provides another platform for us to do that in the Kingdom,” said the chairman of the General Sports Authority of Saudi Arabia (GSA) before the first season.
Diriyah Tennis Cup Schedule
The Diriyah Tennis Cup will be played during the off-season played between December 12-14. Eight of the top players will be in action but the exact format for this tournament will be revealed very soon. Since these matches won’t be a part of the ATP calendar – at least for now – there won’t be any points allocated for this.
Here’s the order of play on Saturday, December 14 for the Diriyah Tennis Cup 2019:
Not before 2 pm
Michael Mmoh v A Al Haqbani
Not before 4 pm
Jan-Lennard Struff v John Isner
Not before 6 pm
Daniil Medvedev v Fabio Fognini
How to watch Diriyah Tennis Cup Live? Diriyah Cup Live Streaming
We will be revealing all the options on how to watch the Diriyan Cup live streaming online very soon. Along with this, there will be options on how to watch this tournament in Saudi Arabia live on television wherever you are once the broadcasting rights for the competition are released by the organisers.
EuroSport2 will live telecast the Diriyah Tennis Cup in Europe on televisions.
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The tournament will be broadcast on television channels round the world too, with Diriyan Tennis Cup broadcasting rights to be announced very soon.
Diriyah Tennis Cup Tickets
Tickets for the Diriyah Tennis Cup will be sold from October 26 and foreign tourists with a valid tourist visa can buy these tickets from the various available options including their official online website here.
More ticket information for the 2019 edition of the Diriyah Tennis Cup will be revealed soon.
Interestingly, Diriyah Cup won’t be the only sports that will be in action during these days; spread across the months of November and December 2019, if you are visiting the region you can look to watch the Diriyah E-Prix and Diriyah Equestrian among other things.
You can also get more information on how to apply for Saudi Arabia visa on their official website here.
Diriyah Tennis Cup Tips & Predictions
The Diriyah Tennis Cup predictions and tips for the day one of the competition can be found below:
Who is Playing at the 2019 Diriyah Tennis Cup?
Six players have been confirmed to take part in the event and one of them is none other than Stan Wawrinka. The three-time Grand Slam winner is set to feature in the event and will definitely bring the attention of the world with him.
Daniil Medvedev has also confirmed his participation in the tournament. The Russian is in the form of his life currently; in fact, he is one of the most in-form players in the world right now. The world No. 4 won three titles this year and also made his first Grand Slam final at the US Open. His presence will give the event the importance and publicity required to make it a success.
Fabio Fognini and David Goffin are also going to participate in the event. However, Roger Federer has announced he won’t be taking part in this opening edition of the Diriyah Tennis Cup tournament.
The Italian Fognini thanked the organisers for signing up with him. He said:
“It is an honour to play in a new event. I am glad the organizers have chosen me to play in this new venue, which is apparently a very unique place.”
The other two players who have confirmed their places in the tournament this season include John Isner and Lucas Pouille.
Wawrinka, Fognini, Medvedev, Isner, Pouille, Goffin, Struff, Monfils
This is a very good start for the inaugural event in Saudi Arabia and will surely be a success with such stars of the sport featuring in it. The remaining four spots will be filled up and confirmed soon.