Saudi Arabia announce next step into tennis with '6 Kings Slam' tournament featuring Djokovic, Nadal, Alcaraz, Sinner, Medvedev and Rune

Monday, 05 February 2024 at 23:20
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With rumours circulating consistently about Saudi Arabia hosting the WTA Finals, they have announced their next albeit not affiliated step into the sport in the form of the '6 Kings Slam' with an exhibition tournament set to take place in the middle of October.
It will feature six huge names of men's tennis in Novak Djokovic, Rafael Nadal, Carlos Alcaraz, Daniil Medvedev, Jannik Sinner and Holger Rune. Despite the name as many have since pointed out, Rune is an odd one out as the only player without a Grand Slam currently.
This will form part of Riyadh Season and despite no date being announced, it will likely wreak havoc when it comes to the end of the season with two huge ATP 1000 tournaments in Shanghai and Paris taking place and likely in the middle of the Asian Swing meaning decisions by the leading six will likely have to be taken.
As well as the mooted WTA Finals, Saudi Arabia does have some history with men's tennis. The tour is about to head to the MIddle East before the Sunshine Double and ordinarily, the season ends with exhibitions in Saudi Arabia formerly the Diriyah Tennis Cup and also this past Christmas saw the two matches take place between Aryna Sabalenka and Ons Jabeur as well as Carlos Alcaraz facing Novak Djokovic. This means that it is no shock.
Turki Alalshikh who is chairman of the Board of Directors of the General Entertainment Authority (GEA) confirmed the news and he has been behind a global change in boxing in particular as of late with super fights being made and promotional alliances being put aside to make the biggest fights. This could mean that this is a mere precursor to further movements in tennis heading to Saudi Arabia.

🇸🇦 announce that they will receive a ‘6 Kings Slam’ event in Riyadh with Djokovic, Nadal, Alcaraz, Sinner Medvedev and Rune in October. In the middle of the ATP season. Format and specific dates to be announced later…


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