The Diriyah Tennis Cup presented by Saudi Aramco, the first international tennis-tournament in the history of sports in Saudi-Arabia, came to an end with the victory of world number five Daniil Medvedev from Russia. He won the final in Diriyah Arena against Fabio Fognini and straight sets ( ) and was impressed about the organisation of the historic event: „The organisation is on top. Especially thinking that it is the first time, is really good. I think three or four years and it could be one of the best tournaments on tour“, Medvedev said.
From the perspective of BSG Sports Group, who run the tournament beside the General Sports Authority (GSA) in Saudi-Arabia, Co-Chairman Peter-Michael Reichel praised the tournament: „We loved the hospitality and the warm welcoming in the kingdom of Saudi-Arabia. This applies also for the players. We all were welcomed with open arms, enjoyed their time of the kingdom and really liked the perfect conditions on court. We have felt, that the people in Saudi-Arabia really got excited about to have live-tennis in their home country.“ Reichel also mentioned how important this event is for the tennis youngsters in the kingdom: „Especially the young tennis fans got a great chance to get in touch with their idols. For example we invited kids, who were not connected with tennis so far, and gave them the opportunity to make some great experience as ballkids. In Ivan Ljubicic, the coach of Roger Federer, we invited another special guest, who had a great kids clinic with the stars of tomorrow. All kids were exhausted about this.
After the final matchball of the Diriyah Tennis Cup final presented by Saudi Aramco the organistors already have a look forward: „That‘s the first international tennis tournament in Saudi Arabia but it‘s just the beginning. This event showed that it is a place where tournaments could be hosted on a very high level. We want to develop the event and also to integrate womens tennis. We are thankful for the support HRH Prince Abdulaziz bin Turki Al-Faisal, Chairman of the General Sports Authority and all the partners und supporters, especially the main sponsor Saudi Aramco. They helped writing tennis history and affording the Diriyah Tennis Cup 2019 presented by Saudi Aramco“, Massimiliano Iuliano said.