Saudi Arabia set to take tennis world by storm


Maybe new masters tennis tournament in Saudi Arabia Image: The Royal Commission for AlUla

High-level discussions between ATP Tour officials and Saudi Arabia are hinting at a potential addition to the tennis calendar.

‘Ministry of Sport Australia’ stated that these discussions involve the creation of a new Masters 1000 event in Saudi Arabia.

London (UK)-based the ATP Tour is a worldwide top-tier tennis tour for men organized by the Association of Tennis Professionals (ATP). The second-tier tour is the ATP Challenger Tour and the third-tier is the ITF Men’s World Tennis Tour. The equivalent women’s organization is the WTA Tour.

London (UK)-based the Association of Tennis Professionals is the governing body of the men’s professional tennis circuits – the ATP Tour, the ATP Challenger Tour and the ATP Champions Tour.

The ATP Challenger Tour, known until the end of 2008 as the ATP Challenger Series, is a series of international men’s professional tennis tournaments. The Challenger Tour events are the second-highest tier of tennis competition, behind the ATP Tour.

The ITF Men’s World Tennis Tour is a series of professional tennis tournaments held around the world that are organized by the International Tennis Federation (governing body of world tennis). The tour represents the lowest rung of the men’s professional tennis ladder.

The ATP Masters events, known as ATP Masters 1000 tournaments since 2009, are an annual series of nine tennis tournaments featuring the top-ranked players on the ATP Tour since its inception in 1990.

‘Ministry of Sport Australia’ further stated that Saudi Arabia’s Public Investment Fund (PIF), already involved heavily in major sports, including football and golf, has secured the ATP’s Next Gen Finals for the next five years, adding to their growing influence in the sports scene.

The Australian tennis player Nick Kyrgios, a vocal advocate for Saudi Arabia’s involvement in tennis, believes that it would lead to fairer compensation for players. He has previously expressed his support for the ATP’s negotiations with Saudi Arabia, emphasizing the prospect of improved earnings for the tennis stars – “Finally. They see the value. We are going to get paid what we deserve to get paid. Sign me up.”

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