Saudi Arabia to stage first international tennis event

Swiss three-time Grand Slam winner Stanislas Wawrinka (L) and rising star Daniil Medvedev are two big names already signed up to appear in the eight-player December 12-14 hardcourt event. (AFP)
Updated 09 October 2019

Saudi Arabia to stage first international tennis event

  • $3 million tournament is being staged in Diriyah on the outskirts of Riyadh
  • Three-time Grand Slam winner Stanislas Wawrinka and rising star Daniil Medvedev will appear in the event

RIYADH: Saudi Arabia is to stage its first-ever international tennis tournament, a men’s exhibition event, in a “watershed moment for the Kingdom,” the country’s top sports official said on Tuesday.
Swiss three-time Grand Slam winner Stanislas Wawrinka and rising star Daniil Medvedev are two big names already signed up to appear in the eight-player December 12-14 hardcourt event.
“Hosting world-class international tennis in Saudi Arabia for the very first time is another watershed moment for the Kingdom,” said Prince Abdulaziz Bin Turki Al Faisal Al Saud, chairman of the General Sports Authority of Saudi Arabia.
The $3 million tournament is being staged in Diriyah on the outskirts of Riyadh, the venue for the world heavyweight title rematch between Anthony Joshua and Andy Ruiz Jr on December 7.
Saudi rulers are using sport to try and soften their international image and to provide a showcase, they say, for reforms inside the oil-rich state.
In February they hosted a first European Tour golf event and they are staging next year’s Dakar Rally.


Gold spurs Saudi women fencers to games glory

Updated 23 October 2019

Gold spurs Saudi women fencers to games glory

  • Saudi fencing team “hopes to raise the Saudi flag in all international, regional and continental forums”

KUWAIT: Saudi women fencers have their eyes set on international success after claiming gold and bronze medals in the teams’ events at the sixth Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) Women’s Games in Kuwait.

The women’s team finished the competition with a gold in the team sabre fencing and a bronze in the epee fencing. Fencers Hasna Al-Hammad, Ruba Al-Masri, Sheikha Al-Dosari and Fawzia Al-Dosari competed in the sabre category, while Nada Abed, Areej Abed, Fawzia Al-Khibari and Mashael Al-Khayal took part in the epee category.

Al-Hammad also won a medal in the sabre category for singles at the launch of the tournament, with the Saudi fencing team finishing third in the foil contest. 

Princess Nouf bint Khalid, head of the Saudi delegation to the games, said that the Saudi fencing team “hopes to raise the Saudi flag in all international, regional and continental forums.”

In the basketball competition, the Saudi women’s team were defeated 62-33 by Bahrain.

Meanwhile, the Saudi bowling women’s team finished its competition in fifth place. 

Mashael Al-Abdulwahid claimed 14th place among 20 players during the 18-game competition, beating rival bowlers from Oman, the UAE and Kuwait.

Her teammates Ghada Nimr, Hadeel Termin and Amani Al-Ghamdi finished 15th, 17th and 20th, respectively.