1. The shift to make tennis a regular fixture of the sporting calendar in Saudi Arabia has been in motion the past two years as the oil-rich nation hosted the Next Gen ATP Finals in Jeddah and also season ending exhibition matches featuring Nick Kyrgios, Novak Djokovic, Carlos Alcaraz, Aryna Sabalenka and Ons Jabeur.

The country’s investment fund signed a five year deal to host the Next Gen ATP Finals, which clearly signals its intent “to make tennis a major part of its international calendar and is the first of many likely professional tennis tournaments to be held in the country,” the Saudi federation said.

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