Defending champion Daniil Medvedev and OIympic gold medalist Alexander Zverev are the first two of a total of twelve players who will take part in the three-day tournament from December 8-10, 2022.
Daniil Medvedev is really looking forward to his second visit to the kingdom: „When I have been in Diriyah in 2019, I loved everything there. The organization, the court, the fans, the people. Everything was super comfortable, so I’m really happy to have the opportunity to come back to Saudi Arabia in December. It would be awesome, if I defend my title. As the tournament offers great conditions for my next season preparation.” In February 2022 Medvedev clinched the world number one spot. Last year he won his first Grand Slam title at the US Open in New York.
Daniil Medvedev will meet familiar faces at the Diriyah Tennis Cup, that much is certain. One of them will be Alexander Zverev. Medvedev and Zverev met for the last time at the Nitto ATP Finals 2021 in Turin. Back then, Zverev was able to win the final and get the trophy for a second time in his career. The 25-year old from Germany has been one of the best players in the world for years and reached his career high (ATP Ranking 2) this summer. His most successful year was 2021: Zverev led the ATP Tour with six titles in 2021. Besides his triumph at the Nitto ATP Finals, he also won the gold medal at the Olympic Games in Tokyo, where he defeated world number one Novak Djokovic in the semis and Karen Khachanov in the final. In June 2022 he injured his ankle during his French Open semifinal against Rafael Nadal – in Diriyah he will come back on the big stage of world tennis.
„I’m happy that I’ll finally be back on the court after my injury. It’s even nicer that I can make my comeback before the official start of the 2023 season. I think the Diriyah Tennis Cup offers a very good opportunity for it and I’m looking forward to being in Saudi Arabia for the first time.“ , said Alexander Zverev in the tournament preview.