Saudi Arabia’s first int’l tennis cup sees top seed Medvedev drawn v Struff
The draw for Saudi Arabia's first ever international tennis event, the Diriyah Tennis Cup, has pitched top seed Danil Medvedev against German number two Jan-Lennard Struff in the opening round on Thursday.
The Diriyah Tennis Cup opens tomorrow, with eight international tennis players competing in the quarter-finals.
World number 12 Fabio Fognini (Italy) faces John Isner (US) in the opener, followed by Stan Wawrinka (Switzerland) against world number 10 Gaël Monfils (France). Australian Open semi-finalist Lucas Pouille (France) faces world number 11, David Goffin (Belgium), in addition to favorite Medvedev's clash against Struff.
“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 to Diriyah," said Prince Abdulaziz bin Turki Al Faisal, chairman of the General Sports Authority of Saudi Arabia, who carried out the draw alongside tennis players.
The tournament is sponsored by Saudi Aramco and takes place as part the “Diriyah Season” program, one of the Kingdom’s initiatives to develop the entertainment and sports sector is in line with Vision 2030.
Other events featured in Diriyah Season include the Diriyah Equestrian Festival, the “Clash on the Dunes” boxing match between heavyweight champion Anthony Joshua and Brian Ruiz Jr, and the Diriyah E-Prix 2019, the equivalent of Formula One for electric cars.
Music events and concerts have also taken place in the Kingdom under Vision 2030, with artists ranging from Usher to K-pop band BTS performing to sold out crowds in the capital.