Prince Abdulaziz bin Turki Al-Faisal, Chairman of the General Sports Authority (GSA) has awarded the Russian professional tennis player Daniel Medvedev, Al-Dira’ayah Tennis Cup at its First Edition presented by Saudi Aramco.
The tournament concluded its activities this evening after Medvedev managed to defeat his Italian opponent Fabio Fognini in the final match, to write his name as the first professional tennis player to win this cup, which was hosted for the first time by the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.
The tournament started last Thursday and lasted for three days. It witnessed several matches between eight world professional tennis players who are considered to be among the most prominent and important stars in the world of tennis.
It is the beginning of a new era for tennis in the Kingdom which is expected to witness a significant growth in this sport in the coming years, especially that it falls within the sports chosen in the strategy to support clubs launched by GSA some time ago.
Medvedev commented on his historical victory in the tournament, saying “I was very pleased with my historical victory in the field of Al-Dira’ayah, I did not feel as cold as Fognini because I used this weather before, I thank all the champions of the tournament, and I especially thank this wonderful Saudi audience for their exceptional presence and interaction.”