Following its desire to become a major host for international sports events, Saudi Arabia will organize on December 22nd a tennis game between two of the best tennis players in the world.
ATP ranking leader Rafael Nadal and last US Open winner Novak Djokovic, have agreed to compete in Saudi Arabia at the “King Salman Tennis Championship“. This exhibition match will take place on December 22, at King Abdullah Sports City in Jeddah. The invitation has delighted the two tennis players. “Thanks for the invitation and looking forward to playing and visiting for the first time” said the Spaniard in a tweet.
Thanks for the invitation and looking forward to playing and visiting for the first time ! https://t.co/hAKr5K4bnq
— Rafa Nadal (@RafaelNadal) October 7, 2018
Same enthusiasm on the side of the Serbian, which seemed delighted to visit “this beautiful country”.
Looking forward to playing and visiting this beautiful country. Thank you for the invitation, see you guys soon! https://t.co/0ZgSLnLgQu
— Novak Djokovic (@DjokerNole) October 8, 2018
Saudi Arabia opens to world sport events
So far, Saudi Arabia never hosted an ATP tournament. Hosting this game shows the desire of the kingdom to become a major world-class sports events host in the future.
In recent months, the country has organized a series of major sporting events: the first women’s squash tournament on its ground in January, the Greatest Royal Rumble – a wrestling event led by the prestigious WWE – as well as a boxing game of super middleweight World Boxing Association. And Saudi Arabia won’t stop there. Recently, the kingdom has announced its willingness to organize a football match between Brazil and Argentina and will host in next January the Italian Supercup of football final. What a great bargain for sports fans across the country.