The annual entertainment and sports festival began its fourth edition on October 28th with a boxing clash between Tyson Fury and Francis Ngannou, and will feature a tennis match between the highest-rated players, namely Djokovic and Alcaraz.
Saudi Arabia’s Riyadh Season, an annual entertainment festival running from October to March, began its fourth edition with a momentous boxing match, termed the “Battle of the Baddest,” in which British boxer Tyson Fury won in a 10-round bout against former mixed martial arts world champion, Francis Ngannou. The star-studded event saw performances by Lil Baby and Becky G, with global icons like Conor McGregor and Eminem in attendance.
The Riyadh Season hopes to be a focal point for global talents encompassing athletes, artists, and social media influencers. The Chairman of the General Entertainment Authority in Saudi Arabia, Turki Al-Sheikh, inaugurated the event, in partnership with Saudi league superstar Cristiano Ronaldo. “It is an honor for me to live in Saudi Arabia for 9 months, and it is a pleasure to be part of this amazing country and the Riyadh Season,” he said.
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Tennis titans in the spotlight
As part of the Riyadh Season, a special Tennis Cup is scheduled for December 26-27, hosting international tennis stars. The female competition will feature Belarusian Aryna Sabalenka and Tunisian Ons Jabeur on December 26, while the male competition on December 27 will see Serbian Novak Djokovic pitted against Spanish player Carlos Alcaraz. The Tennis Cup events, like the boxing match, will be held at the Kingdom Arena in Riyadh, which boasts a capacity of over 40,000 spectators and is designed to host various international events.