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SAUDI ARABIA TO HOST AN UNRIVALLED MIX OF INTERNATIONAL SPORTS AND ENTERTAINMENT AS EPIC ‘DIRIYAH SEASON’ LAUNCHED

In Diriyah, the land of kings and heroes where modern Saudi Arabia was born, the pulse of the nation will quicken as a spectacular season of world-class sport, entertainment, music and culture is launched...

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Time for Saudi women to shine in the saddle believes Saudi’s first female Olympic rider Dalma Malhas

Time for Saudi women to shine in the saddle believes Saudi’s first female Olympic rider Dalma Malhas

She was the first female athlete from Saudi Arabia to ride for the Kingdom in an Olympic-level event, now Dalma Malhas is dreaming of competing in her own country for the first time ever. Back in 2010 Dalma rode to glory in the inaugural Youth Olympic Games in 2010 in Singapore and winning a bronze medal in the 14 to 18 age group, becoming only the third Saudi athlete at that point to win an Olympic medal.

<p>The upcoming Diriyah Equestrian Festival will be a huge moment for the Kingdom&rsquo;s female riders and will fire up future generations</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>She was the first female athlete from Saudi Arabia to ride for the Kingdom in an Olympic-level event, now Dalma Malhas is dreaming of competing in her own country for the first time ever.</p> <p>Back in 2010 Dalma rode to glory in the inaugural Youth Olympic Games in 2010 in Singapore and winning a bronze medal in the 14 to 18 age group, becoming only the third Saudi athlete at that point to win an Olympic medal.</p> <p>But now Dalma is looking forward to another milestone in her sporting career riding in a mixed Saudi national equestrian team for the first ever time on home soil in the upcoming Diriyah Equestrian Festival.</p> <p>She said: &ldquo;It&rsquo;s a rendezvous I&rsquo;ve been dreaming about for a very long time. I am really excited, this is going to be a first time for me competing on home soil. I&rsquo;ve been all over the world, I did the World Championships, I&rsquo;ve really been everywhere except Saudi Arabia.</p> <p>&ldquo;It will be more emotional in a very good way, very motivating. It will have an extra element of pride, I will feel more connected. It is already a big honour for me to represent my country all over the world, but now the fact I&rsquo;m representing my country in my country at a world class level is the cherry on the cake.&rdquo;</p> <p>The festival at the Al Duhami Farm on the outskirts of historic Diriyah will be the first FEI sanctioned competition in Saudi Arabia, with points earned counting towards qualification for individual riders to the Tokyo 2020 Olympics and the World Cup.</p> <p>Across six days, from December 12 to 14 and 19 to 22, the event will welcome 150 riders, 150 grooms, 50 officials, 300 companions and trainers, 250 members of the club and 150 crew members. Some 1,500 visitors are expected to attend and will witness Saudi Arabia&rsquo;s hospitality with the offering of 15 food trucks catering to international cuisines, 10 shops and game and federation exhibitors.</p> <p>While it will be the first time the mixed Saudi team will compete in the Kingdom, it isn&rsquo;t the first time they have ridden together competitively, that watershed moment came at the Nations Cup in October&rsquo;s Morocco Royal Tour.</p> <p>Dalma said: &ldquo;Honestly it was wonderful, this is going along with everything that is happening in the country and Vision 2030. There is a big push to move forward.</p> <p>&ldquo;The pace at which all this is happening is unbelievable. I think it&rsquo;s amazing, really we want to make the most out of this, and the fact this is the first time we really want to do our best at the Diriyah Equestrian Festival. It is a big world class event and this year women will be able to rise, I am almost at a loss for words, I can&rsquo;t describe how excited I am.</p> <p><em>&ldquo;</em>The need for family support is huge, it&rsquo;s enormous. The best way to understand something is to live the experience themselves. So, for families I think this festival is a wonderful opportunity to learn about the sport firsthand and be a part of it. They will realise how much work goes into the sport and how it is moving in a positive direction.</p> <p>&ldquo;This is a sport that takes you away from all the negative elements and it motivates women to have dreams and to know it is possible. The festival makes the sport more accessible. Everything starts with a desire and seeing what hard work can bring will give people an idea about the equestrian dream.&rdquo;</p> <p>The Diriyah Equestrian Festival is part of the Diriyah Season, an epic month of iconic sports events such as Formula E, top-class men&rsquo;s tennis and a World Heavyweight Title fight &ndash; The Clash On The Dunes. Known as the home of kings and heroes, the stunning UNESCO World Heritage site Diriyah will also stage performances from some of the biggest music artists on the planet.</p> <p>Olympic equestrian hero Ramzy Al Duhami, who won team bronze in the London 2012 Games, and his wife and partner Sara Baban, are hosting the event at the bespoke riding arena they have created together. Both firmly believe that the DEF 2019 can provide a massive boost to female equestrianism in the country.</p> <p>Ramzy said: &ldquo;The field is open now in Saudi Arabia for female equestrianism and women are being seen as partners to men and capable of supporting the progress of the equestrianism in international events, which will reflect on the development of the sport.</p> <p>&ldquo;This festival delivers a message that sport in general &ndash; and equestrianism in particular &ndash; is open to all Saudis and that girls can participate at national and international levels. It also inspires the younger generation to take up sport and follow in the steps of their national sporting role models.</p> <p>&ldquo;The talent is there and so are desire, dedication and commitment, which means it is only a matter of time, but they will eventually get there, and we will continue to see them do well,&rdquo; the Olympic medalist added.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>Sara Baban said: &ldquo;I am excited for the girls; I&rsquo;ve been rooting for them all this time.&nbsp; There are so many girls at our school that want to ride and actually they are more motivated than the boys. There is a huge amount of ambition there.</p> <p>&ldquo;It is a sport that you don&rsquo;t have to show your strength in order to be at the top. It&rsquo;s not about being stronger it&rsquo;s about that connection that you have with horse. It is one of the few sports that the women can beat the men.&rdquo;</p> <p>Tickets for all of Diriyah Season&rsquo;s spectacular events and entertainment will be available at www.diriyahseason.sa with Formula E, Clash On The Dunes and Diriyah Tennis Cup tickets now on sale. Tickets for other events as well as season long tickets will be announced soon. Follow Diriyah Season&rsquo;s news and announcements on the official social media pages on twitter and Instagram @diriyahseason.</p>

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SAUDI ARABIA’S DIRIYAH TENNIS CUP WILL GIVE BEST MENS PLAYERS ON PLANET STRONG PREPARATION FOR 2020 SEASON, SAYS WORLD NUMBER FIVE

SAUDI ARABIA’S DIRIYAH TENNIS CUP WILL GIVE BEST MENS PLAYERS ON PLANET STRONG PREPARATION FOR 2020 SEASON, SAYS WORLD NUMBER FIVE

Eight of the best men’s players in the world competing in the $3 million Diriyah Tennis Cup on Dec 12-14, HRH Prince Abdulaziz – 'We foresee the tournament growing and being part of Saudi Arabia’s future in the sport.'

<p>Saudi Arabia has ambitions to bring international tennis to the Kingdom for years to come following next month&rsquo;s inaugural $3 million Diriyah Tennis Cup.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>On December 12, 13 and 14, eight of the world&rsquo;s best men&rsquo;s players will compete for the inaugural $3m Diriyah Tennis Cup at the custom-built Diriyah Arena &ndash; in the heart of the UNESCO World Heritage site, on the outskirts of Riyadh.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>So far six names have been revealed, with two more big name &lsquo;wildcard&rsquo; entries to come, but already organisers are looking to the future with the Diriyah Tennis Cup intended to be a springboard into having a regular place on the tennis calendar.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>His Royal Highness Prince Abdulaziz Bin Turki AlFaisal Al Saud, Chairman of the General Sports Authority (GSA) of Saudi Arabia, said: &ldquo;We want to host international tennis in the Kingdom every year. We want to demonstrate our capabilities in hosting and organizing a successful international tennis event of this magnitude&rdquo;.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&ldquo;Personally, I am very excited that we have eight world class players competing at Diriyah Tennis Cup, this is the start of a new era for tennis in the kingdom, and we foresee the tournament growing and being part of Saudi Arabia&rsquo;s future in the sport.&rdquo;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>The Diriyah Tennis Cup is part of the Diriyah Season, an epic month of showcase sports events being hosted by the GSA.&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>The Diriyah Tennis Cup has confirmed six leading players to date for the inaugural tournament. This includes three-time Grand Slam champion Stan Wawrinka of Switzerland as well as the current world number 5 and one of the game&rsquo;s biggest rising superstars, Daniil Medvedev of Russia.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>Talented world number 12, Fabio Fogini, who was the first Italian to win an ATP Masters 1000 title this year in Monte Carlo and highly-rated David Goffin (Belgium), the former world number 7 will also present in Diriyah.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>The big-serving American John Isner, with over 10,000 aces on tour, and five-time ATP champion Lucas Pouille of France, an Australian Open semi-finalist this year complete the current line-up. Officials will name the final two players in the coming weeks.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>Tickets are now available at <a href='http://www.diriyahseason.sa'>www.diriyahseason.sa</a> with nine different ticket categories available to suit all budgets &ndash; the perfect event for groups of friends and families.</p> <p>The Diriyah Tennis Cup is taking place at the 15,000-seater Diriyah Arena which was visited by HRH Prince Abdulaziz this week. The tournament will happen just a week after the same venue plays host to the Clash On The Dunes, the world heavyweight title fight between Andy Ruiz Jr and Anthony Joshua OBE.</p> <p><strong>Inspiring a new generation of tennis talent </strong></p> <p>HRH Prince Abdulaziz, believes bringing the Diriyah Tennis Cup will also help fire up its following in the Kingdom, and one day help the nation produce its own champions.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>&ldquo;</strong>Today we are keen to develop tennis in the Kingdom,&rdquo; he said: &ldquo;It is a well perceived sport and there&rsquo;s a strong platform for practicing and playing competitively in many cities with such cups and contests.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&ldquo;Bringing eight of the very best players to this first tournament Saudi Arabia will put our young talent, our male and female tennis enthusiasts, in direct exposure with global standards, and witness these champions up close and live.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&ldquo;That will be a great learning opportunity for them as well to benchmark where are they now and to start developing themselves professionally to aim for these standards, and in future, be part of the grand slams across the world.&rdquo;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>The Diriyah Season is a month-long celebration of sport, kicking off with Formula E, followed by the World Heavyweight title fight the &lsquo;Clash On The Dunes&rsquo;, the Diriyah Tennis Cup and the elite Diriyah Equestrian Festival.</p> <p>As well as the Diriyah Music Festival, the season features cultural festivities, food and retail experiences, and the stunning &lsquo;Diriyah Oasis&rsquo;, a giant entertainment and art hub with fun for all the family.</p> <p>Once again, the Bujairi district of Diriyah will be home to elegant fashion and retail, and the finest dining Saudi Arabia has to offer. And the DGDA will be staging tours of the fascinating and beautiful At-Turaif district, the UNESCO World Heritage site that stands as a symbol of Saudi&rsquo;s rich history.</p> <p>Tickets for all of Diriyah Season&rsquo;s spectacular concerts, events and entertainment will be available at www.diriyahseason.sa with Formula E, Clash On The Dunes, and Diriyah Tennis Cup tickets now on sale. Tickets for other events as well as season long tickets will be announced soon. Follow Diriyah Season&rsquo;s news and announcements on the official social media pages on twitter and Instagram @diriyahseason.</p>

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SAUDI ARABIA’S DIRIYAH TENNIS CUP WILL GIVE BEST MENS PLAYERS ON PLANET STRONG PREPARATION FOR 2020 SEASON, SAYS WORLD NUMBER FIVE

SAUDI ARABIA’S DIRIYAH TENNIS CUP WILL GIVE BEST MENS PLAYERS ON PLANET STRONG PREPARATION FOR 2020 SEASON, SAYS WORLD NUMBER FIVE

Daniil Medvedev says the $3 million tournament will be a ‘big part’ of his preparation for Grand Slams such as January’s Australian Open

<p>Some of the greatest men&rsquo;s players on the planet can use the upcoming $3 million Diriyah Tennis Cup in Saudi Arabia as ideal preparation for the Australia Open, says one of its big-name competitors.</p> <p>World number five, Russia&rsquo;s Daniil Medvedev, is one of six confirmed names heading to the Diriyah Arena in the UNESCO world heritage site for the first international tennis tournament to be staged in the Kingdom, presented by Saudi Aramco on December 12, 13 and 14.</p> <p>It&rsquo;s been a breakthrough year for the fan favourite, reaching six consecutive tournament finals, including one at the 2019 US Open and two at Masters 1000 events with a career high ranking of number five.</p> <p>Now Medvedev believes the competitive nature of the Diriyah Tennis Cup, presented by Saudi Aramco, can provide an ideal platform to build on that success, especially with the first Grand Slam event of 2020, the Australian Open taking place a little more than a month after the Saudi tournament.</p> <p>Medvedev said: &ldquo;Saudi will be a big part of my preparation for the new season. Coming to Saudi the heat and conditions will be similar to Australia. It will be a great test for us.</p> <p>&ldquo;It&rsquo;s in our pre-season so we&rsquo;ll want to get that match time in to prepare for the new season &ndash; but the fans should expect us to fight hard like in any tournament. It will be competitive and hopefully they&rsquo;ll be lots of fans coming to support us there.</p> <p>&ldquo;Hopefully I can play some great tennis, help the country raise awareness of the sport and inspire people to play. Looking at the players confirmed it&rsquo;s a really great field.</p> <p>&ldquo;I&rsquo;ve heard a lot of good things about Saudi Arabia. I&rsquo;m excited to promote tennis there especially as it&rsquo;s the first tournament.</p> <p>The tournament is part of the Diriyah Season, an epic month of showcase sports events being hosted by the GSA.&nbsp;</p> <p>The Diriyah Tennis Cup showdown has confirmed six leading players to date for the inaugural tournament. As well as Medvedev this includes three-time Grand Slam champion Stan Wawrinka of Switzerland.</p> <p>Talented world number 12, Fabio Fogini, who was the first Italian to win an ATP Masters 1000 title this year in Monte Carlo and highly-rated David Goffin (Belgium), the former world number 7 will also present in Diriyah.</p> <p>The big-serving American John Isner, with over 10,000 aces on tour, and five-time ATP champion Lucas Pouille of France, an Australian Open semi-finalist this year complete the current line-up. Officials will name the final two players in the coming weeks.</p> <p>Medvedev will go into tournament with confidence after a great year, in the past week missed out on closing rounds of the Nitto ATP World Tour Finals which also included another epic showdown with World Number One, Rafael Nadal in London.</p> <p>He said: &ldquo;It&rsquo;s been a great year for me, especially the second half. The highlights were in Washington and then finishing in Shanghai and winning that title. With six titles and two of them Masters titles, it wasn&rsquo;t something I expected if I&rsquo;m honest with you.</p> <p>The 23-year-old Russian also gave some insight into what it has taken to reach the top echelon of the men&rsquo;s game, as he closes in on &lsquo;The Big Three&rsquo;; namely Rafael Nadal, Novak Djokovic and Roger Federer. &nbsp;</p> <p>&ldquo;To be successful in tennis you need to fight hard and play with passion. You need to fight hard on every single point. Look back on the times it doesn&rsquo;t go well and always try to improve and always get better. Self-reflection is important. That might sound a bit tough for the kids, but that&rsquo;s what it takes to break through.'</p> <p>Tickets are now available at www.diriyahseason.sa with nine different ticket categories available to suit all budgets &ndash; the perfect event for groups of friends and families.</p> <p>The Diriyah Tennis Cup is taking place at the 15,000-seater Diriyah Arena being purpose built at the ancient site of the Kingdom&rsquo;s first capital, known as the home of kings and heroes. The tournament will happen just a week after the same venue plays host to the Clash On The Dunes, the world heavyweight title fight between Andy Ruiz Jr and Anthony Joshua OBE.</p> <p>The Diriyah Season is a month-long celebration of sport, kicking off with Formula E, followed by the The Clash On The Dunes, then the Diriyah Tennis Cup and the elite Diriyah Equestrian Festival.</p> <p>As well as the Diriyah Music Festival, the season features cultural festivities, food and retail experiences, and the stunning &lsquo;Diriyah Oasis&rsquo;, a giant entertainment and art hub with fun for all the family.</p> <p>Once again, the Bujairi district of Diriyah will be home to elegant fashion and retail, and the finest dining Saudi Arabia has to offer. And the DGDA will be staging tours of the fascinating and beautiful At-Turaif district, the UNESCO World Heritage site that stands as a symbol of Saudi&rsquo;s rich history.</p> <p>Tickets for all of Diriyah Season&rsquo;s spectacular concerts, events and entertainment will be available at www.diriyahseason.sa. Follow Diriyah Season&rsquo;s news and announcements on the official social media pages on twitter and Instagram @diriyahseason.</p>

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LATIN AMERICAN MUSIC GIANT REVEALED AS FIRST NAME OF SAUDI ARABIA’S ‘DIRIYAH MUSICFESTIVAL’ WITH MALUMA SET THE THRILL CROWDS AFTER DAY 2 OF DIRIYAH E PRIX

LATIN AMERICAN MUSIC GIANT REVEALED AS FIRST NAME OF SAUDI ARABIA’S ‘DIRIYAH MUSICFESTIVAL’ WITH MALUMA SET THE THRILL CROWDS AFTER DAY 2 OF DIRIYAH E PRIX

Colombian superstar heading to the Kingdom on November 23 as part of the epic Diriyah Season as music and sports combine to electrify fans Support act Lebanese Canadian R&amp;B/pop singer Massari to open the evening’s entertainment

<p>One of the giants of Latin American music - <strong>Maluma</strong> - is the first artist to be revealed as part of the Diriyah Music Festival, part of the epic Diriyah Season, with the Colombian singer songwriter set to keep pules racing following thrilling Formula E action.</p> <p>A global sensation with close to 100 million followers across Twitter, Facebook, Instagram and YouTube, <strong>Maluma</strong> will perform to fans at the Diriyah Circuit following the second day of the Diriyah E Prix on November 23.</p> <p>The superstar&rsquo;s recent collaboration with fellow Colombian and rapper J Balvin &ndash; Qu&eacute; Pena &ndash; has been viewed nearly 100 million times on YouTube, and <strong>Maluma</strong> has also teamed up with the likes of Shakira, Madonna and Ricky Martin.</p> <p>First on stage will be support act Lebanese Canadian R&amp;B/pop singer <strong>Massari </strong>whose music combines Middle Eastern culture with western culture, especially in hits like <em>Shisha</em> and <em>Ya Nour El Ein</em>. He has collaborated with the likes of Shaggy, Beenie Man and Afrojack.</p> <p>Access to the concerts which follow the Diriyah E Prix on November 22 and 23 is complimentary for ticket holders flocking to the thrilling opening two races of the ABB FIA Formula E Championship at the UNESCO World Heritage site.</p> <p>The concerts are being hailed as the Diriyah Music Festival and complement the Diriyah Season - the epic month of sports including Formula E, the World Heavyweight title fight the Clash On The Dunes, the Diriyah Tennis Cup and the Diriyah Equestrian Festival.&nbsp;</p> <p>The mystery artist set to stun crowds on November 22 will be named soon, but organisers promise they are one of the biggest-selling acts on the planet.</p> <p>&ldquo;We saw the incredible energy that Latin American music injected into the last year&rsquo;s Diriyah E Prix after race concerts when Enrique Iglesias performed to a sell-out 40,000 strong,&rdquo; said His Royal Highness Prince Abdulaziz Bin Turki AlFaisal Al Saud, Chairman of the General Sports Authority (GSA) of Saudi Arabia.</p> <p>&ldquo;Fans who missed out on those amazing scenes should snap up their ticket for Maluma and Massari. And, they are just the first names in an incredible lineup we are calling the Diriyah Music Festival which supports our epic month of sports the Diriyah Season.</p> <p>&ldquo;We&rsquo;ll soon be announcing who will perform after day one of the Diriyah E Prix on November 22. I promise music fans will not be disappointment when we say it is a massive global name.&rdquo;</p> <p><strong>Maluma</strong>, whose full name is Juan Luis Londo&ntilde;o Arias, has a number of smash hits that have charted within the top 10 on Billboard Hot Latin Songs, including 'Felices los 4', 'Borr&oacute; Cassette', 'El Perdedor' and 'Coraz&oacute;n'. His collaborative efforts 'Chantaje' with Shakira and 'Medell&iacute;n' with Madonna have reached the top of the Hot Latin Songs. He has won a Latin Grammy Award and two Latin American Music Awards. Musically, <strong>Maluma</strong>'s songs have been described as reggaeton, Latin trap, and pop.</p> <p>Tickets for the Diriyah E Prix include access to the after race concerts and are now on sale at <a href='http://www.diriyahseason.sa'>www.diriyahseason.sa</a>.</p> <ul> <li>Tickets for both exhilarating days are now on sale at <a href='http://www.diriyahseason.sa'>diriyahseason.sa</a>. Tickets available start from SAR450 for single day Grandstand tickets, including grandstand seating with a view of all the action, access to the Allianz E-Village and off-track entertainment, and access to the post-race concert on the day featuring the international superstar. Two-day tickets are price at SAR800, representing a saving of SAR100.</li> <li>Premium hospitality starts from SAR2,500 for a single day package including valet parking, luxury indoor and outdoor lounges overlooking the Formula E track, complimentary tours of the stunning UNESCO World Heritage site of At-Turaif, VIP dining and golden circle to the post-race concert. Two-day packages are priced at SAR4,000.</li> <li>And, the Boss Emotion Club returns with two-day packages only featuring VIP drop-off areas, exquisite fine dining in an incredible track-side location, exclusive pitlane walks, garage tours and driver access, plus the best access into the post-race concerts and a VIP viewing platform, priced at SAR15,000.</li> </ul> <p>The Diriyah E Prix kicks off the sixth season of the ABB FIA Formula E Championship in style with a double header of back to back races across the two days linked to the must-see music performances. It also heralds the start of the Diriyah Season which also features cultural festivities, food and retail experiences, and the stunning &lsquo;Diriyah Oasis&rsquo;, a giant entertainment and art hub with fun for all the family.</p> <p>Once again, the Bujairi district of Diriyah will be home to elegant fashion and retail, and the finest dining Saudi Arabia has to offer. And the DGDA will be staging tours of the fascinating and beautiful At-Turaif district, the UNESCO World Heritage site that stands as a symbol of Saudi&rsquo;s rich history.</p> <p>Tickets for all of Diriyah Season&rsquo;s spectacular events and entertainment will be available at www.diriyahseason.sa with Formula E, Clash On The Dunes and Diriyah Tennis Cup tickets now on sale. Tickets for other events as well as season long tickets will be announced soon. Follow Diriyah Season&rsquo;s news and announcements on the official social media pages on twitter and Instagram @diriyahseason.</p>

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It all begins at the Diriyah Circuit in Saudi Arabia as drivers prepare for a ‘doubleheader’ in the Kingdom.

It all begins at the Diriyah Circuit in Saudi Arabia as drivers prepare for a ‘doubleheader’ in the Kingdom.

The sixth season of the ABB FIA Formula E weeks away, and this year it all kicks off at the Diriyah Circuit in Saudi Arabia on November 22 and 23 with a doubleheader and back to back championship races. With more teams entering the contest than ever before, with manufacturers Porsche and Mercedes-Benz, joining the fray, it’s likely to be the fiercest fought season yet. Ahead of ‘lights going green’ in the Kingdom, we meet the drivers who’ll be lining up on the starting grid on the iconic track in the heart of a UNESCO World Heritage site on the outskirts of Riyadh to begin their campaign.

<p>The sixth season of the ABB FIA Formula E weeks away, and this year it all kicks off at the Diriyah Circuit in Saudi Arabia on November 22 and 23 with a doubleheader and back to back championship races. With more teams entering the contest than ever before, with manufacturers Porsche and Mercedes-Benz, joining the fray, it&rsquo;s likely to be the fiercest fought season yet. Ahead of &lsquo;lights going green&rsquo; in the Kingdom, we meet the drivers who&rsquo;ll be lining up on the starting grid on the iconic track in the heart of a UNESCO World Heritage site on the outskirts of Riyadh to begin their campaign.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>Audi Sport ABT&nbsp;Schaeffler</strong></p> <p><strong>Daniel&nbsp;Abt&nbsp;&ndash; Germany </strong></p> <p>Racing for the&nbsp;family associated team&nbsp;since the inaugural race,&nbsp;Abt&nbsp;has had mixed&nbsp;fortune over the last four seasons.&nbsp;He&nbsp;has taken first place&nbsp;twice&nbsp;and been on the&nbsp;podium 10 times. He is sure to be hungry for more this season.&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>Lucas Di Grassi &ndash; Brazil </strong></p> <p>A seasoned Formula E veteran, he was the winner of the first ever Formula E race in the inaugural season in 2014.&nbsp;Last season he finished third&nbsp;behind champion Jean-Eric Vergne and second place Sebastien Buemi. He has racked up&nbsp;10 wins in his career and been on the podium 30 times.&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>&nbsp;</strong></p> <p><strong>BMW I Andretti Motorsport</strong></p> <p><strong>Alexander Sims &ndash; UK </strong></p> <p>Sims has raced for BMW for years in other racing series, and drives for the marque in the World Endurance Championship alongside Formula E.&nbsp;A successful debut season last year saw the Brit clinch his first podium in the all-electric series in the final race of the 2018/19 season</p> <p><strong>Max Guenther &ndash; Germany </strong></p> <p>Guenther made his Formula E debut in Riyadh last year with Geox Dragon Racing after impressing at the Rookie test early 2018 and pre-season testing in&nbsp;Valencia.&nbsp;So far fifth is his best finish and will be hoping a new team can fire him onto the podium.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>DS Techeetah</strong></p> <p><strong>Jean-Eric Vergne &ndash; France </strong></p> <p>The youngest Frenchman ever to race in Formula 1&nbsp;has been in Formula E since the first season, where he took pole position in his first race. More affectionately known as JEV, he is the only driver in the series to have achieved two back-to-back championship titles, both of which he claimed with his team DS Techeetah. The reigning champion for last year he has eight wins and 20 podiums to his name.</p> <p><strong>Antonio Felix da Costa &ndash; Portugal </strong></p> <p>As one of the longest standing drivers in the ABB FIA Formula E Championship, Antonio Felix da Costa has driven in every season to date. After three campaigns with the BMW-backed Andretti outfit, da Costa joins reigning champions DS Techeetah for the 2019/20 season. He was won twice and made the podium five times.</p> <p><strong>&nbsp;</strong></p> <p><strong>Envision Virgin Racing </strong></p> <p><strong>Robin&nbsp;Frijns&nbsp;&ndash; Netherlands </strong></p> <p>After racing in the ABB FIA Formula E Championship in Season 2 and 3 (for BMW Andretti), Frijns made an incredible comeback to the series with Envision Virgin Racing last year finishing just outside the podium in fourth for the season. So far he has two wins and five podiums in Formula E.</p> <p><strong>Sam Bird &ndash; UK (Envision Virgin Racing)&nbsp;</strong></p> <p>One of only three racers to win&nbsp;one race in each of the first three seasons, his&nbsp;Formula E career highlight was an impressive double win in the NYC E-Prix in season 3. He has&nbsp;stood on the podium 17 times, of those 8 on the top.&nbsp;Last year he finished in the top 10 coming ninth out of all drivers.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>Geox Dragon Racing</strong></p> <p><strong>Brendon Hartley &ndash; New Zealand&nbsp;</strong></p> <p>Double FIA WEC World Champion, and former Formula One driver, Brendon Hartley makes his all-electric debut with Geox Dragon in the 2019/20 campaign of the ABB FIA Formula E Championship.</p> <p><strong>Nico Muller &ndash; Switzerland</strong></p> <p>Nico Muller gets his first full-time drive in the ABB FIA Formula E Championship with Geox Dragon. The Swiss driver joins Brendon Hartley for the teams sixth campaign in the 2019/20 season.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>Mahindra Racing</strong></p> <p><strong>Jerome d&rsquo;Ambrosio &ndash; Belgium </strong></p> <p>Having driven in every Formula E race since the series started in 2014, d'Ambrosio is one of the most experienced all-electric street racing drivers on the grid. The experienced&nbsp;Belgian returns to pilot Indian team Mahindra&rsquo;s car with three wins and nine podium finishes to his credit.</p> <p><strong>Pascal&nbsp;Wehrlein&nbsp;&ndash;&nbsp;Germany/Mauritius&nbsp;</strong></p> <p>Holding the record as the youngest driver&nbsp;in the German Touring Car Masters&nbsp;and the youngest winner of the title.&nbsp;After ADAC Formula Masters and Formula 3 he raced two full seasons&nbsp;in Formula 1 for Manor Racing and Sauber F1.&nbsp;He&nbsp;is racing together with&nbsp;seasoned Formula E racer J&eacute;r&ocirc;me&nbsp;d&rsquo;Armbrosio&nbsp;for Indian team Mahindra for a second season. So far he has one podium finish.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>&nbsp;</strong></p> <p><strong>Mercedes-Benz EQ</strong></p> <p><strong>Stoffel Vandoorne&nbsp;&ndash; Belgium </strong></p> <p>Vandoorne embarks on his second campaign in the ABB FIA Formula E Championship with the debutant Mercedes-Benz EQ team after a successful first season with HWA Racelab with one podium finish. Prior to Formula E, Vandoorne climbed through the ranks of&nbsp;F4 Eurocup and GP2 to stepping in as a replacement driver for Fernando Alonso for the Williams Formula 1 team.</p> <p><strong>Nyck De Vries &ndash; The Netherlands</strong></p> <p>Young single-seater hotshot Nyck de Vries joins the Mercedes-Benz EQ after completing rookie tests with Audi, NIO and Envision Virgin Racing. The young driver started in motorsport at an early winning back-to-back Karting World Championship in 2010 and 2011, de Vries stepped up to single-seater racing in Formula Renault 2.0, then Formula 2 and drove in Formula 1 support series.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>Nio 333</strong></p> <p><strong>Oliver Turvey &ndash; UK </strong></p> <p>Despite securing both Super Pole Positions&nbsp;in the London double header in season&nbsp;2,&nbsp;Turvey has&nbsp;yet to win a Formula E race&nbsp;with car trouble in season 2 and 3.&nbsp;He is sure to be hungry for more podiums than the one he has been on to date, he will drive the NIO car to its limits.&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>Ma Qing Hua - China</strong></p> <p>Ma Qing Hua is a Chinese racing driver who has been competing internationally since 2005. He is most famous for making a number of free practice appearances in Formula 1 during test driver stints at HRT and Caterham. Ma already has experience in Formula E, having raced for Team Aguri in 2015 and then for Techeetah in 2016/17.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>Nissan&nbsp;e.dams</strong></p> <p><strong>Oliver Rowland&nbsp;&ndash;&nbsp;UK&nbsp;</strong></p> <p>After a successful debut season in the ABB FIA Formula E Championship, which saw him clinch the Rookie of the Year award and two podiums, Rowland embarks on his second season with Nissan e.dams, once again partnering with veteran driver Sebastien Buemi.</p> <p><strong>Sebastien Buemi &ndash; Switzerland </strong></p> <p>After a season-long battle with Lucas Di Grassi, Buemi claimed the season 2 title, but was unable to defend it in season 3.&nbsp;Last season he missed out again finished second behind Jean-Eric Vergne. He has stood on&nbsp;Formula E podium&rsquo;s around the world a whopping 25 times, 13 of those on the top. He is&nbsp;a&nbsp;competitor the other drivers will look out for.&nbsp;&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>&nbsp;</strong></p> <p><strong>&nbsp;</strong></p> <p><strong>Panasonic Jaguar Racing</strong></p> <p><strong>Mitch Evans &ndash;&nbsp;New Zealand&nbsp;</strong></p> <p>Winning the New Zealand&nbsp;Grand Prix at age 16,&nbsp;Evans&nbsp;got his schooling in the GP3 and GP 2 series before joining&nbsp;Jaguar&nbsp;for&nbsp;the marque&rsquo;s entry in Formula E. He has one win and four podiums to his name.&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>James Calado - British</strong></p> <p>Ferrari World Endurance Championship driver James Calado has been signed to race alongside Mitch Evans at the Jaguar Formula E squad in 2019/20. Calado, who finished second in the 2011 GP3 championship and third in the '13 GP2 series before joining Ferrari's AF Corse sportscar squad, will make his FE debut in the upcoming campaign.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>Tag Heuer Porsche </strong></p> <p><strong>Andre Lotterer &ndash; German </strong></p> <p>Andre Lotterer moves from DS Techeetah to Porsche after two successful years with the Franco-Chinese team. The German driver is reunited with former endurance racing teammate Neel Jani at Porsche ahead of the 2019/20 season. His career in the series included three victories in the 24 Hours of Le Mans and the drivers' title of the FIA World Endurance Championship. He has four Formula E podiums under his belt.</p> <p><strong>Neel Jani &ndash; Switzerland</strong></p> <p>Jani joins the German powerhouse manufacturer as it makes its debut in Formula E. He has been a Porsche works driver since 2013 and at the wheel of the Porsche 919 Hybrid he took outright victory at Le Mans in 2016 and became FIA World Endurance Champion the same year.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>Venturi Formula E</strong></p> <p><strong>Felipe Massa &ndash; Brazil </strong></p> <p>Massa joined Formula E from the fifth season, debuting in the electric racing machine in Saudi Arabia December 15 last year. So far he has one podium in Formula E but the Formula 1 legend with 11 wins to his name feels he has much to prove this year.</p> <p><strong>Edoardo Mortara &ndash; Switzerland </strong></p> <p>The Swiss driver joined Formula E for season four after success in the German Touring Car Masters&nbsp;and Formula 3, where he won the prestigious Macau Grand Prix two years in a row. He has so far won once and been podiumed three times.</p>

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FORMULA E SET FOR BIGGEST LINEUP OF TEAMS IN THE MOTORSPORT’S HISTORY AS 12 MANUFACTURERS PREPARE FOR THE DIRIYAH E-PRIX IN SAUDI ARABIA

FORMULA E SET FOR BIGGEST LINEUP OF TEAMS IN THE MOTORSPORT’S HISTORY AS 12 MANUFACTURERS PREPARE FOR THE DIRIYAH E-PRIX IN SAUDI ARABIA

The 2019/20 season is the year that two German giants - TAG Heuer Porsche and Mercedes-Benz EQ - complete a full grid of 24 cars for the very first time in Formula E’s history, creating one of the most eagerly anticipated showdowns in motorsport. In total 12 teams from around the world are now focused on lights going green at the Diriyah Circuit in Saudi Arabia on November 22 and 23.

<p>The 2019/20 season is the year that two German giants - TAG Heuer Porsche and Mercedes-Benz EQ&nbsp; - complete a full grid of 24 cars for the very first time in Formula E&rsquo;s history, creating one of the most eagerly anticipated showdowns in motorsport. In total 12 teams from around the world are now focused on lights going green at the Diriyah Circuit in Saudi Arabia on November 22 and 23. The track, created in the UNESCO World Heritage site that is known as the home of kings and heroes, is set for electrifying action, given that season six of the ABB FIA Formula E Championship kicks off with a doubleheader of back to back to back races.&nbsp; Here we meet at teams who will be fighting for glory.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>Audi Sport ABT&nbsp;Schaeffler - Germany</strong></p> <p>For Audi Sport Abt Schaeffler, the 2017/18 season of the Championship saw the team fight back from the brink of defeat to finish first overall, clinching the title by just two points in the final round. With a history in the series dating back to the very first Formula E race in Beijing in 2014, Audi Sport has competed in everything from the World Rally Championship and Pikes Peak, to Super Touring, DTM, GT racing and, most recently, Formula E. Completing the team's driver line up is Brazilian driver Lucas Di Grassi and his German teammate Daniel Abt. Both drivers have been with the team since the first season. With a title to defend, the battle's just begun for the German manufacturer.</p> <p><strong>BMW I Andretti Motorsport - Germany</strong></p> <p>BMW has been a mainstay of Formula E since the championship's inception. Alongside providing the entire fleet of safety and officials cars, the German car giant became a full manufacturer works team ahead of the 2018/19 season, when it partnered up with Andretti Autosport. Becoming a full manufacturer team ahead of the 2018/19 season, the team fielded da Costa and newcomer Alex Sims behind the wheel of its Gen2 challenger, the BMW iFE.18. Rounding off its first campaign as a works team with a fifth place finish, the team signed former Dragon driver Max Guenther for the 2019/20 season while retaining Alex Sims for a second season.&nbsp;&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>DS Techeetah - China</strong></p> <p>After clinching the teams' championship title at the end of a grueling 2018/19 campaign, French manufacturer backed DS Techeetah looks to scoop its second title with reigning champion Jean-Eric Vergne and Antonio Felix da Costa in the 2019/20 season. First entering into the ABB FIA Formula E Championship in the 2016/17 season, after taking over the entry previously held by Team Aguri, reigning champions DS Techeetah face their third campaign in the ABB FIA Formula E Championship with frontman Jean-Eric Vergne and new recruit Antonio Felix da Costa behind the wheel of the DS E-Tense FE20.</p> <p><strong>Envision Virgin Racing &ndash; Great Britain</strong></p> <p>Envision Virgin Racing has been competing in the ABB FIA Formula E Championship since the inaugural season and is one of two British teams in (alongside Panasonic Jaguar Racing) in the series. Partnering with digital energy company Envision Group, Virgin Racing becomes Envision Virgin Racing for the 2018/19 season. Long-time Virgin driver Sam Bird and familiar Formula E face Robin Frijns complete the driver line up for the season. With a powertrain provided by the reigning champions, the team will be looking to make an impact in this new era of all-electric racing.</p> <p><strong>Geox Dragon Racing - USA</strong></p> <p>Geox Dragon has been a mainstay of Formula E since the inaugural season, competing in every race to date. Founded by Jay Penske in 2007, the outfit is the only all-American team on the grid. Founded by Jay Penske in 2007, Geox Dragon is headquartered in Los Angeles, California &ndash; the largest single metropolitan EV (electric vehicle) market in the world &ndash; with additional operations at Silverstone in the UK. For Geox Dragon's sixth season in the series, the team signed former Formula One and World Endurance Car Champion Brendon Hartley and former Audi Abt Schaeffler test and reserve driver Nico Muller. Together, the pair will take on one of the competitive line ups in motorsport history as they challenge for the team's title.</p> <p><strong>Mahindra Racing &ndash; India </strong></p> <p>Mahindra Racing has competed in the ABB FIA Formula E Championship since 2014, representing the Indian car giant in single seater racing. The team scored its breakthrough maiden win in the 2016/17 season and in 2017/18, went on to score two more victories. For the 2018/19 season, the team was fronted by long-standing Formula E and former Dragon driver Jerome d&rsquo;Ambrosio as well as rookie driver Pascal Wehrlein. After a strong season together, the pair remain in place for a second consecutive season, getting behind the wheel of the new M6Electro, which sports a powertrain developed in partnership with German engineering giant ZF.</p> <p><strong>Mercedes-Benz EQ &ndash; Germany</strong></p> <p>Mercedes-Benz EQ Formula E Team joins the grid for the 2019/20 season after transitioning from HWA Racelab. With 125 years of motorsport experience, the entry marks the beginning of a radical new chapter for the marque as it works towards an all-electric future. Behind the wheel of its new Gen2 challenger, the Silver Arrow 01, is Dutchman Nyck de Vries and Stoffel Vandoorne.&nbsp; With a strong racing pedigree outside of Formula E, such as five constructor&rsquo;s titles in the hybrid era of Formula One and seven driver titles, the marque has also enjoyed success in the DTM and sportscar racing around the world. Few names can claim to be more successful on the racing circuit.</p> <p><strong>Nio 333 &ndash; Great Britain</strong></p> <p>The team is the racing arm of Chinese car maker NIO - makers of the record breaking EP9 hypercar, which set a new lap record of the Nurburgring in 2017. After winning the title, Nelson Piquet Jn. remained with the team for three seasons, partnered by Oliver Turvey for a second straight campaign. For the 2017/18 season, Italian IndyCar driver replaced Nelson Piquet Jn, to partner Turvey for the team's fourth season. For the 2018/19 campaign, Oliver Turvey remains with the team alongside Frenchman Tom Dillmann. Together, they pilot NIOs striking green and white Gen2 challenger.</p> <p><strong>Nissan&nbsp;e.dams - Japan</strong></p> <p>After announcing its arrival into the ABB FIA Formula E Championship in 2017, Nissan partnered with seasoned Formula E outfit e.dams (formally racing partner of French manufacturer Renault) to become Nissan e.dams. After finishing runner-up in the teams' championship in its debut season, the team will challenge for the title in the 2019/20 season. Nissan is the first Japanese manufacturer to enter the series and is a world leader in the design and manufacture of all-electric cars. Racing for Nissan e.dams is Formula E veteran and former champion Sebastien Buemi alongside British driver Oliver Rowland behind the wheel in the team's new 'kimono-inspired' car.</p> <p><strong>Panasonic Jaguar Racing &ndash; Great Britain</strong></p> <p>After joining the ABB FIA Formula E Championship in Season 3, Panasonic Jaguar Racing head into its third season in the series with its new Gen2 Jaguar I-Type III. With one of the richest histories in motorsport of any manufacturer, dating back to 1948, the British manufacturer revived its motorsport programme to showcase its range of electric cars with its entry into Formula E in 2016. Now entering its fourth season in Formula E, the British team calls on Mitch Evans and British driver James Calado as they get behind the wheel of their Gen2 Jaguar I-Type 4 cars. Going up against the most competitive line up in motorsport, Jaguar will be looking to build on its first win and go for the all-important Championship title.&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>Tag Heuer Porsche - Germany</strong></p> <p>After more than 30 years, Porsche returns to single-seater racing, making its debut in the 2019/20 season of the ABB FIA Formula E Championship. Going up against fellow German car giants Audi, BMW and Mercedes-Benz, the series will see them go head to head for the first time in history. With one of the longest-standing track records in motorsport dating back to the 1950s, Porsche's entry into Formula E is the latest step in the German manufacturer's history. After its most recent success in endurance racing, including multiple victories in both LMP1 and GT categories, the marque turns to the all-electric racing series to ready the next generation of electric Porsche road cars.&nbsp; Now Porsche's 99X Electric will take the fight to 11 other teams in the ABB FIA Formula E Championship.</p> <p><strong>Venturi Racing - Monaco</strong></p> <p>With a history in the ABB FIA Formula E Championship dating back to the very first race, the Monaco-based team clinched its first win in the 2019 Hong Kong E-Prix. The electric car maker also holds the electric land-speed record, set with the VBB-3 'bullet car' in 2016. Ahead of the 2018/19 season, the team drafted in former racing driver Susie Wolff as Team Principal and ex-Formula One driver Felipe Massa. The Brazilian driver joined Formula E veteran Edoardo Mortara to complete the team's driver line up which remains unchanged ahead of the 2019/20 campaign.&nbsp; Now embarking on its sixth season in the all-electric racing series, Venturi revealed it would be partnering with Mercedes-Benz EQ to adopt its powertrain - the Silver Arrow 01 - alongside its cooling system, rear frame, rear suspension, dampers, software, onboard electronics and wiring looms.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p>

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‘Iconic’, ‘Beautiful’ and ‘Challenging’ - Tributes paid to Saudi Arabia’s Diriyah Circuit ahead of Formula E’s return to the Kingdom

‘Iconic’, ‘Beautiful’ and ‘Challenging’ - Tributes paid to Saudi Arabia’s Diriyah Circuit ahead of Formula E’s return to the Kingdom

Saudi Arabia’s Diriyah Circuit has been hailed by Formula E drivers and officials as one of the most iconic tracks of the championship, having made a huge impact during its debut last season. Last year saw an incredible race against time to create the street racing circuit in the middle of the stunning UNESCO world heritage site on the outskirts of Riyadh. In a matter of mere months, thousands of engineers met a hugely ambitious deadline to deliver an amazing venue in time for Formula E to host its inaugural race in the Middle East.

<p>Saudi Arabia&rsquo;s Diriyah Circuit has been hailed by Formula E drivers and officials as one of the most iconic tracks of the championship, having made a huge impact during its debut last season.</p> <p>Last year saw an incredible race against time to create the street racing circuit in the middle of the stunning UNESCO world heritage site on the outskirts of Riyadh. In a matter of mere months, thousands of engineers met a hugely ambitious deadline to deliver an amazing venue in time for Formula E to host its inaugural race in the Middle East.</p> <p>This year the ABB FIA Formula E Championship returns to the Diriyah Circuit for season six, with a rare &lsquo;doubleheader&rsquo; and back to back races on November 22 and 23<sup>rd</sup>.</p> <p>Ahead of the thrilling action, tributes have been paid to the Kingdom&rsquo;s street circuit which sees the futuristic sport weaving through the historical venue known as &lsquo;the land of kings and heroes, Saudi Arabia&rsquo;s first capital city.</p> <p>Pedro Merry, one of Formula E&rsquo;s co-founders and its Head of Legal, said: &lsquo;In some places big things have small beginnings but in Saudi Arabia big things have very big beginnings. Last year was amazing and I truly believe that this year will be even bigger. All the Formula E teams are looking forward to the races.</p> <p>&lsquo;Formula E has very different venues &ndash; &lsquo;I would say this is the most iconic place where we have raced. Racing in this place is unbelievable, and we cannot ask for more. Add to that the effort that the people of Saudi Arabia are putting in; well they should be proud.&rsquo;</p> <p>The Formula E co-founder was speaking at the recent launch of the Diriyah Season in the Kingdom, a month-long celebration of sport which sees electric racing kick off an amazing lineup that also includes the Clash On The Dunes &ndash; the first heavyweight world boxing title Fight in the Middle East between Andy Ruiz Jn and Anthony Joshua &ndash; the Diriyah Tennis Cup featuring eight of the planet&rsquo;s best men&rsquo;s players and elite equestrianism in the Diriyah Equestrian Festival. And once again Formula E action will be followed by after race concerts performed by some of the most famous names around the globe.</p> <p>It&rsquo;s not simply the Diriyah Circuit&rsquo;s location that sets it apart from rival tracks in cities such as London, Paris, Rome, Mexico City and New York. Drivers hailed the technical challenges and exciting racing its innovative design creates. There are 21 turns in total, some are ascending and some descending so drivers must contend with slopes and corners simultaneously, one second going down the next second going up. The course also features one of the longest straights of the championship where drivers will look to their cars to attack at speed.</p> <p>Felipe Masse, the ex-Formula One legend who made his Formula E debut in Saudi Arabia last year with Team Venturi, said: &lsquo;The track is fantastic. It is beautiful and it&rsquo;s quite difficult to find a track like it. You have a lot of uphills and downhills, difficult corners and a long straight which is good for overtaking. It&rsquo;s a real pleasure to drive this track. It is amazing to see how much the country is supporting the sport. It&rsquo;s very exciting to see back to back races, especially at the start of the season, so this will be very competitive, it&rsquo;s a lot of points.&rsquo;</p> <p>Andr&eacute; Lotterer this year will be racing with the Tag Heuer Porsche Formula E team as the German luxury car manufacturer makes its historic debut in the sport in Saudi Arabia. He said: &lsquo;The Diriyah Circuit is the best track on the championship&rsquo;s calendar, it is very challenging to drive and, of course, thrilling as well because I&rsquo;ve changed teams and I am coming with Porsche.</p> <p>&lsquo;It is great to come to Diriyah, we were very impressed last year, the whole set-up, the organisation and the warm welcome we had. To be part of this challenge is fantastic, for me it is the place to be, the best professional environment, and for racecar drivers it is the race of the future.&rsquo;</p> <p>Carlo Boutagy, CEO of CBX, Promoter of E-Prix in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, said this year the event would surpass even last&rsquo;s years spectacular results.</p> <p>&lsquo;This year will be ten times bigger. Last year we had a three-day event, this year it has expanded into 30 days of festivities under the &lsquo;Diriyah Season&rsquo; umbrella.&nbsp; We are very honored to kick off the season with Formula E.&nbsp; And, never before in motorsport history has such a prestigious line up of racing brands been assembled on a grid.&nbsp; It will be the first time the 4 German automotive superpowers - Porsche, Mercedes, BMW, Audi go head to head.</p> <ul> <li>&lsquo;The doubleheader is also a rarity, it&rsquo;s not every race that this happens on the calendar. We see every year one or two cities being granted this and I think last year we must have done something outstanding for Formula E to give us this wonderful opportunity and privileged and host the two races here at the Diriyah Circuit. &lsquo;Tickets available for Formula E start from SAR450 for single day Grandstand tickets, including grandstand seating with a view of all the action, access to the dedicated fan zone, the Allianz E-Village and off-track entertainment, and access to the post-race concert on the day featuring an international superstar. Two-day tickets are priced at SAR800, representing a saving of SAR100.</li> <li>Premium hospitality starts from SAR2,500 for a single day package including valet parking, luxury indoor and outdoor lounges overlooking the Formula E track, complimentary tours of the stunning UNESCO World Heritage site of At-Turaif, VIP dining and golden circle to the post-race concert. Two-day packages are priced at SAR4,000.</li> <li>The Boss Emotion Club returns with two-day packages only featuring VIP drop-off areas, exquisite fine dining in an incredible track-side location, exclusive pitlane walks, garage tours and driver access, plus the best access into the post-race concerts and a VIP viewing platform, priced at SAR15,000.</li> </ul> <p>His Royal Highness Prince Khalid bin Sultan Al Faisal Al Saud, President of the Saudi Arabian Motor Federation, said: &lsquo;The track has proven itself as a world-class venue for thrilling motorsport. We cannot wait to fire up Saudi Arabia&rsquo;s passion for motorsport again - this year will be truly electrifying.&rsquo;</p> <p>Last year the Formula E event sold-out, with 40,000 fans from 80 different countries packing the grandstands. This year, following the recent launch of tourist visas, the crowds and the energy are expected to be more than double that.</p> <p>Tickets for all of Diriyah Season&rsquo;s spectacular events and entertainment will be available online at www.diriyahseason.sa with Formula E Tickets and Clash On the Dunes tickets on sale now. Tickets for other events as well as season long tickets will be announced soon. Follow Diriyah Season&rsquo;s news and announcements on the official social media pages on twitter and Instagram @diriyahseason.</p>

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Two more stars from the world of men’s tennis are confirmed for the epic showdown to be played at the Diriyah Arena from December 12-14

Two more stars from the world of men’s tennis are confirmed for the epic showdown to be played at the Diriyah Arena from December 12-14

Two more stars from the world of men’s tennis are ready to serve up a treat for fans at the $3 million Diriyah Tennis Cup in Saudi Arabia, with tickets for the Kingdom’s first-ever international tournament now available.

<p><strong>COUNTDOWN BEGINS FOR SAUDI ARABIA&rsquo;S FIRST-EVER INTERNATIONAL TENNIS TOURNAMENT &ndash; THE $3 MILLION DIRIYAH TENNIS CUP - WITH TICKETS NOW ON SALE</strong></p> <p><strong>&nbsp;</strong></p> <p><strong>Two more stars from the world of men&rsquo;s tennis are confirmed for the epic showdown to be played at the Diriyah Arena from December 12-14</strong></p> <p><strong>&nbsp;</strong></p> <p>Two more stars from the world of men&rsquo;s tennis are ready to serve up a treat for fans at the $3 million Diriyah Tennis Cup in Saudi Arabia, with tickets for the Kingdom&rsquo;s first-ever international tournament now available.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>Big-serving American John Isner, with over 1000 aces this season, and five-time ATP champion Lucas Pouille of France, an Australian Open semi-finalist this year, will &nbsp;join the four players already confirmed for the unique showdown.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>The pair will battle three-time Grand Slam champion Stan Wawrinka of Switzerland, the current world number 4, Daniil Medvedev of Russia, talented world number 12 Fabio Fogini, who was the first Italian to win an ATP Masters 1000 title this year in Monte Carlo, and highly rated David Goffin (Belgium), the former world number 7. Two final star &lsquo;wildcards&rsquo; are yet to be revealed.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>The outdoor hard court tournament played across three-days December 12<sup>th</sup>, 13<sup>th</sup> and 14<sup>th</sup> is being staged as part of the month-long Diriyah Season in the historic UNESCO World Heritage site on the outskirts of Riyadh.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>Tickets are now available at www.diriyahseason.sa with nine different ticket categories available to suit all budgets &ndash; the perfect event for groups of friends and families.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>Peter-Michael Reichel, Co-Chairman of Basel Sports Group, the tournament organizer, said: &ldquo;It is getting very exciting now, we have revealed six of our stars, all who rank among the best men&rsquo;s players on the planet. For passionate tennis fans, and for anyone who enjoys the drama of live sport, this will be a must-see. Especially as this history-making tournament will be played in this iconic and unique location.</p> <p>&ldquo;Ticket start from as little as SAR55 for a single&rsquo;s days action, representing incredible value to watch these world greats in action. That&rsquo;s in line with our ambition to inspire as many tennis fans to participate in this historic events.&rdquo;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>The Diriyah Tennis Cup is taking place at the 15,000-seater Diriyah Arena being purpose built at the ancient site of the Kingdom&rsquo;s first capital, known as the home of kings and heroes. The tournament will happen just a week after the same venue plays host to the Clash On The Dunes, the world heavyweight title fight between Andy Ruiz Jr and Anthony Joshua OBE.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>The 6'10'(208cm) Isner, the current world number 16, has racked up a staggering 11,919 aces throughout his career and is second on the all-time list, meanwhile Pouille most recently made it to the quarter final of the Japan Open last month, and is a former world number 10 (currently number 19).</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <ul> <li>When tickets go on sale there will be different categories starting from two ticket categories which feature only access to the tennis action. These start from SAR55 for day one, SAR65 for day two, SAR75 for the final day and SAR160 for all three days, representing a saving of SAR35.</li> <li>This is followed by three categories of ticket which include the sporting action plus access to an after-event concert featuring one of the biggest names in music. These start from SAR95 and range upwards to SAR499, depending on day and position in the stands. Three-day tickets start at SAR650 and range up to SAR899.</li> <li>This then rises through four levels of VIP tickets including premium seating, &lsquo;golden circle&rsquo; access to the concert, VIP lounge access, entry into the Diriyah Oasis entertainment district and the upscale Bujairi fashion zone, exclusive F+B, tours of the stunning At Turaif district. These start from SAR350 and range up to 1,699 depending on day and location in the stands. Three-day tickets range from SAR2,600 to SAR3,000</li> <li>The top tier ticket includes courtside seats plus all VIP benefits. These start from SAR599 to SAR1,799 depending on day, the three-day ticket costs SAR3,300.</li> </ul> <p>The Diriyah Tennis Cup is part of the General Sport Authority (GSA) of Saudi Arabia&rsquo;s epic &lsquo;Diriyah Season&rsquo;, a month-long celebration of sport set to bring visitors from around the globe, beginning with Formula E action, boxing, the tennis and elite equestrian event with Olympic qualification point up for grabs. Around these will be wrapped performances from some of the biggest music artists in the world, plus an incredible family entertainment zone, plus luxury retail and fine dining.</p> <p>Tickets for all of Diriyah Season&rsquo;s spectacular events and entertainment will be available online at www.diriyahseason.sa with Formula E Tickets, Clash On the Dunes tickets and Diriyah Tennis Cup now on sale. Tickets for other events as well as season long tickets will be announced soon. Follow Diriyah Season&rsquo;s news and announcements on the official social media pages on twitter and Instagram @diriyahseason.</p>

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CHAMPION RIDERS TO GALLOP TOWARDS GLORY IN SAUDI ARABIA AS DIRIYAH EQUESTRIAN FESTIVAL OFFERS SHOT AT THE TOKYO 2020 OLYMPICS

CHAMPION RIDERS TO GALLOP TOWARDS GLORY IN SAUDI ARABIA AS DIRIYAH EQUESTRIAN FESTIVAL OFFERS SHOT AT THE TOKYO 2020 OLYMPICS

The first FEI sanctioned equestrian event in the Kingdom will see the world’s best riders congregate to the state-of-the-art equestrian arena, al Duhami Farm, in historic Al Diriyah Fans of the elite sport can watch history in the making for the Kingdom as Saudi male and female equestrians compete together for the first time

Supporters of the elegant sport of equestrian from around the world are invited to witness history in the making as the Saudi National Team compete on home soil against international champions of the sport in what promises to be another remarkable exhibition of sportsmanship in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. <br/><br/> Between 12-14th and 19-21st December, the luxury lifestyle of the horse sport will be celebrated by bridging heritage and tradition through world-class show jumping in what will be the second edition of the Diriyah Equestrian Festival 2019 (DEF). <br/><br/> Held at the state-of-the-art Al Duhami Farm facility, the 6-day event will see Saudi Arabia’s leading equestrian and show jumping athletes vie for their place amongst the world’s best, securing the pride of their nation as they do so. And, the nation’s best male and female riders will compete together as a mixed team for the first time in the Kingdom’s history. <br/><br/> This high caliber sporting display forms part of the month-long ‘Diriyah Season’, a spectacular season of world-class sport, entertainment, and culture, officially launched on Sunday night at a glittering ceremony in the ancient city, the birthplace of modern Saudi Arabia on the outskirts of Riyadh. <br/><br/> This follows the announcement last week that travelers from 49 countries across the world can now secure fast tourist visas online to attend the festival and witness the country’s progression in the realms of elite sport and world-class entertainment. <br/><br/> DEF 2019 will be an exceptional opportunity for world-class riders to secure future success, as points scored during what is also the first FEI sanctioned competition in Saudi Arabia, will account towards qualification as individual riders to the Tokyo 2020 Olympics. Diriyah Equestrian Festival 2019 will break even more historical ground and continue to pave the way for future athletes in the Kingdom as they announce that women will compete alongside their male counterparts as a part of the official team both inside and outside of the ring. <br/><br/> Multiple Olympic Equestrian medallist, Saudi Champion rider and host of Diriyah Equestrian Festival, Ramzy Al Duhami, said: “The significance of the continuation of the DEF festival is in alignment with Vision 2030. We are proud to be part of this historical journey and change in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. We are hoping to excel in the show jumping circuit in Saudi to an international elite standard. Our past, our history, our future and our abilities will be reflected and represented through the DEF festival. This is a dream to be building the future generations of equestrian athletes and I am looking forward to many more events that will come in the future.” <br/><br/> He added: “Organising an international World Cup Event in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia for our future generations is a privilege and riding and performing on home ground is an honour. I am looking forward to the future of our sport at this standard.” <br/><br/> Not only will the ‘Diriyah Season’ include Equestrian but will also offer other spectacular sport events, including: <br/><br/> • The return of Formula E, kicking off Diriyah Season and the sixth season of the 2019–20 FIA Formula E Championship with a double header with back to back races on November 22 and 23. The ABB FIA Formula E Championship will return to Saudi Arabia with more action, with Porsche and Mercedes competing for the first time, boosting the number of teams battling it out on the newly announced ‘Diriyah Circuit’. <br/><br/> • Clash Of The Dunes - the first-ever World Heavyweight Title fight in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, on the 7th of December 2019. The current unified world heavyweight champion holding the WBA, IBF, WBO and IBO titles Andy ‘The Destroyer’ Ruiz Jr, and Anthony ‘AJ’ Joshua, the 2012 Olympics gold medalist, go head – to – head in a revenge clash of epic proportions. <br/><br/> • The Diriyah Tennis Cup, the first professional tennis tournament ever to be staged in Saudi Arabia from December 12 to 14. Through a knockout tournament, on the Diriyah Arena, with the coveted Diriyah Tennis Cup – and $3 million - at stake, watch as three-time grand slam winner Stan Wawrinka of Switzerland battles it out with Russia’s Daniil Medvedev, Belgium’s David Goffin, and Italy’s Fabio Fogini. Four more competitors to be announced later. <br/><br/> In this year’s edition the General Sports Authority has also partnered with the International Equestrian Federation to add value to the Junior and Young riders by dedicating bespoke classes to them and their qualifications to the Juniors World Championships, a demonstration of the commitment in nurturing talent in the field of Equestrian and ensuring future success of young riders. Distinct, sophisticated and world class, DEF 2019 will propel Saudi Arabia’s riders to the Olympics, and inspire the youth of the elite sport in the Kingdom. <br/><br/> Over the course of the four-day event, the Diriyah Equestrian Festival will welcome 150 riders, 150 grooms, 50 officials, 300 companions and trainers, 250 members of the club and 150 crew members. 1,500 visitors are expected to attend and will witness Saudi Arabia’s hospitality with the offering of 15 food trucks catering to international cuisines, 10 shops and game and federation exhibitors. <br/><br/> His Royal Highness Prince Abdulaziz Bin Turki AlFaisal Al Saud, chairman of the General Sports Authority of Saudi Arabia (GSA), said: “Equestrian is deep rooted in our country’s history and I am extremely proud to be bringing a higher standard of this great sport to our country; both for our talented riders to showcase their finesse on home grounds, and further showcase what Saudi Arabia has to offer to the rest of the world.” <br/><br/> Diriyah will be ready to welcome international tourists with the surrounding At-Turaif district undergoing an ambitious development programme this year, with thousands more trees planted, plus trails, picnic areas and walking paths created. <br/><br/> Tickets for all of Diriyah Season’s spectacular events and entertainment will be available online at www.diriyahseason.sa with Formula E Tickets on sale now, Clash On the Dunes tickets on October 13, and Diriyah Tennis Cup on October 26. Tickets for other events as well as season long tickets will be announced soon. Follow Diriyah Season’s news and announcements on the official social media pages on twitter and Instagram @diriyahseason. <br/><br/>

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“It is great for the country, the fans and young players” - Stan Wawrinka on why the Diriyah Tennis Cup will be special for Saudi Arabia

“It is great for the country, the fans and young players” - Stan Wawrinka on why the Diriyah Tennis Cup will be special for Saudi Arabia

He’s a fan favourite known around the world as ‘Stan the Man’ and now tennis enthusiasts in Saudi Arabia will be able to watch three-time Grand Slam in action with the announcement of the $3 million Diriyah Tennis Cup.

<p><em>Three-time Grand Slam winner highlights the line-up of the first-ever tennis tournament in the kingdom</em></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>He&rsquo;s a fan favourite known around the world as &lsquo;Stan the Man&rsquo; and now tennis enthusiasts in Saudi Arabia will be able to watch three-time Grand Slam in action with the announcement of the $3 million Diriyah Tennis Cup.</p> <p>Staged as part of the Diriyah Season (which includes Formula E, World Heavyweight boxing and an elite equestrian event) Stan Wawrinka will battle it out in a unique tournament featuring eight of the world&rsquo;s best men&rsquo;s tennis players, all with their eyes on the coveted Diriyah Cup.</p> <p>It will be the first time international tennis has come to the Kingdom and, ahead of the contest, &lsquo;Stan the Man&rsquo; spoke about his excitement of playing in the Diriyah Tennis Cup, staged in an iconic venue at the a UNESCO world heritage site, in the 15,000-seater purpose built Diriyah Arena.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>Q: you were so close to win the European Open in Belgium, can you tell us what happened and how Andy Muuray won at the end?</strong></p> <p>First it&rsquo;s always been a pleasure sharing a court with Andy, great to have him back &amp; congrats on a strong tournament, As for the match he hanged at the end and did not want to lose, it was so close, sure I do not like to loss but happy to see Andy back and on winning track.</p> <p><strong>Q: How important is it for tennis to be coming to Saudi Arabia and bring the game into a new market? How excited are you to be playing here?</strong></p> <p>I think it is great for tennis, but it is more important for the kids here around to see some live action of tennis. I&rsquo;m really excited to be playing in the first tournament ever to be played here. So that is going to be really special and hopefully it will be a great atmosphere, and I&rsquo;m looking forward to seeing all the young fans.</p> <p><strong>&nbsp;</strong></p> <p><strong>Q: As an international tennis player you travel a lot throughout the year. How do you feel about visiting and playing in Saudi Arabia?</strong></p> <p>I always enjoyed traveling and you need that as a tennis player because you travel 10 months a year, but also after so many years on the tour I enjoy even more when I get to a new place, a new tournament and to see something new, and that is something great here.</p> <p><strong>&nbsp;</strong></p> <p><strong>Q: What do you think of the ongoing sporting revolution in Saudi Arabia? What does it mean for you as an athlete?</strong></p> <p>I have heard a lot of good stuff [about Saudi Arabia] and especially what they are doing now for sport. They are making a lot of big events in different kinds of sports, and that is something great for the country, for the fans and the kids to see all the sports and events coming here.</p> <p>I&rsquo;m sure it is going be something amazing. To build a tennis court here with so many people attending a tennis tournament for the first time will feel really special as a player to come here.</p> <p><strong>&nbsp;</strong></p> <p><strong>Q: Diriyah Season features different high-profile sporting events. What do you think of the season and its program?</strong></p> <p>It is a big program with many events such as Formula E, boxing and tennis. It is going to be really busy for everybody and I&rsquo;m looking forward to it. I&rsquo;ve heard only good things from Formula E last year, and I saw where the tennis court is going to be and I&rsquo;m sure it will be great.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>Q: Speaking of the other events in Diriyah Season, the tennis competition is a few days after the Clash on the Dunes which pits Andy Ruiz Jr against Anthony Joshua in the first World Heavyweight title fight in the Middle East. Who is your pick for this incredible showdown?</strong></p> <p>They&rsquo;re going to be at the same stadium. We are going to play the tennis after [the fight, which will be] a few days before us. Joshua is a big one and I&rsquo;m betting on him.</p> <p><strong>&nbsp;</strong></p> <p><strong>Q: You&rsquo;ll be up against Russia&rsquo;s Daniil Medvedev, Belgium&rsquo;s David Goffin and Italy&rsquo;s Fabio Fogini and four more competitors to be announced later. How do you see your participation in the inaugural edition of Diriyah Tennis Cup? How does it impact your preparations for the next season?</strong></p> <p>I think it is going to be a perfect start [to the season]. It is going to be at the end of the pre-season. Starting with a tournament like that with so many good players is going to be super great for my tennis.</p> <p>I think the atmosphere is going to be great. It is the first tennis tournament here and it will be really special, so I&rsquo;m happy to be playing here for the first year and hopefully many more years.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>Q: Some fans might be tempted to watch the games on TV rather than attending the action live. How different is it living the whole experience in the stands?</strong></p> <p>It is completely different from TV. [In reality] you can see the speed, you can see the spin and the way we are moving. I think it is way more impressive to watch it live. You also feel the atmosphere, the tension on the court and the stress from the players, so it is always something special to watch sport live.</p> <p><strong>&nbsp;</strong></p> <p><strong>Q: Looking ahead to the new season, what are your aspirations? What do you want to achieve?</strong></p> <p>I need to finish the year and then have a good off-season and pre-season and work out to keep improving. This year I&rsquo;m really happy to be back in the top 20 and I saw that I can still beat the top players and make some big results. Hopefully next year I can keep pushing in that direction and try to get back higher in the ranking and try to push a little for more big results.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>Q: What does a tennis player do in the pre-season training? How does your preparation differ from some of the other big players?</strong></p> <p>We take the time to have an off-season in tennis. We don&rsquo;t have super long off-season, so after the last tournament normally we will take a little bit of holiday, maybe 10 days or maximum two weeks but probably 10 days and then you have a few weeks to basically work on your fitness and your tennis.</p> <p>Most of the time I start first on the fitness side and move onto tennis and fitness together, and finish with only tennis. That is the work you put. For sure when you are 34 years old you don&rsquo;t work the same as when you were 20. Now for me I can be focusing more on small things. I don&rsquo;t need to put so much quantity. I still do it because my game needs it and l know that is how I get to the top of my game, but it is slightly less than when I was younger.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>Q: What do you think of next year&rsquo;s majors? Do you have a favourite? Is it the clay where you had a lot of success? </strong></p> <p>I think they are all different and amazing. Australia is the first in the year and I love the atmosphere and the fans. They really enjoy and celebrate the sport. It is great because in Europe it is wintertime, so you arrive first in a sunny place.</p> <p>French Open is clay court and I grew up on clay. It is close to my home and all the friends and family come. [Wimbledon] is always special with the grass and there is so much history in the tournament.</p> <p>New York is a bit more like the crazy one. The atmosphere is crazy and electric, and the city is amazing. So, I always enjoy each tournament I compete in, and I always look at the positive and enjoy what I love.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>Q: Are you looking forward to the Olympics? Are you excited by the potential to play alongside Roger again? How do you compare it the majors?</strong></p> <p>Olympic year is always very busy on the schedule. It is tough to make the right schedule. It is a big calendar. I&rsquo;m looking forward to all the tournaments. For sure the majors are important, and the Olympics can be something really exciting, [and I&rsquo;m excited] to play in Tokyo. But again, for us there is so much happening week after week that you need to be focused on the present and you need to be focused on what you are doing. Put some goals but the rest of the time you need to stay in the present because if not, you miss so much.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>Q: What does a tennis player eat during a tournament and in training?</strong></p> <p>I think we are all different. It is an individual sport. We all have different bodies and different metabolism, and we eat differently. For me, it is simple food. I love and enjoy food and I always try food from the country [I&rsquo;m in]. But again, we are athletes and we need to be careful. We plan but I&rsquo;m not that extreme and I try to enjoy and eat healthy.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>Q: Do you enjoy Arabic food? Have you tried any of the local food?</strong></p> <p>Yes, I do for sure. Not every day but I enjoy it every once in a while and eat that kind of food.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>Q: What does tennis mean for you? What role does it play in your life?</strong></p> <p>For me, it has always been my passion. I loved tennis because it is a game where you play against someone and you need to find a solution. You enjoy, you are on the court, you can try a new shot. So, it has always been special and since I [turned] professional, [playing] in front of people and in a great atmosphere is the reason I keep playing tennis.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>Q: And what about sport in general? How do you think it shapes one&rsquo;s personality? </strong></p> <p>I think any sport is a good school of life. We are lucky with tennis that we travel a lot. We need to take care of our own team. We need to stay humble and to never forget the hard work that you have to put if you want to be on the top of your game. For me, it has always been something special to be a tennis player.</p> <p>I think it is great to do sport and be active. It makes you do something that you can really enjoy [as] it is a game. Any sport starts as a game that you can play with friends and enjoy in the afternoon and be challenging a little bit.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>Q: What advice and tips of success would you give to the young Saudi talents who would like to be the next Stan Wawrinka?</strong></p> <p>It is all about the love of the game. It is all about the passion. Never forget why you started playing the game. It is a game, [so] you need to enjoy. You need to enjoy going on the practice court. It has to be fun and that is the most important [thing].</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>Q: How did you start playing tennis? Why did you choose it in particular?</strong></p> <p>My parents wanted my brother and I to play a sport outside school and we had a tennis court five minutes away and that is how we started [playing tennis].</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>Q: You are known for your serves and powerful backhands. How important is the physical aspect of your game?</strong></p> <p>I practice a lot since I was young and I always enjoy the fitness side, [which] is also important. It is my game to be powerful from the baseline and try to take advantage with my shot.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>Q: Have you started thinking about a retirement date and the next chapter of your career? </strong></p> <p>It is tough to answer this question. I&rsquo;m close to the end of my career. I&rsquo;ve got a few more years but as long as I feel great on the court and as long as my body is there, mentally I want to keep going. I enjoy what I&rsquo;m doing and that is the most important [thing].</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>Q: How was the nickname &ldquo;Stan the Man&rdquo; coined? Is there a story behind that?</strong></p> <p>It came long time ago when I was playing a big match in US Open in New York. The next day I was in the newspaper and they called me &ldquo;Stan the Man&rdquo; and that is how it started.</p>

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Diriyah Tennis Cup officially launches with global stars Stanislas Wawrinka and Daniil Medvedev confirmed

Diriyah Tennis Cup officially launches with global stars Stanislas Wawrinka and Daniil Medvedev confirmed

Eight of the world’s leading men’s tennis players, including three-time Grand Slam winner Stanislas Wawrinka and world number four Daniil Medvedev, will make sporting history in Saudi Arabia as the Kingdom stages its first-ever international tennis tournament...

Eight of the world’s leading men’s tennis players, including three-time Grand Slam winner Stanislas Wawrinka and world number four Daniil Medvedev, will make sporting history in Saudi Arabia as the Kingdom stages its first-ever international tennis tournament. <br/><br/> The inaugural Diriyah Tennis Cup, staged from December 12-14, will feature leading players from across the globe over three days of competition. The outdoor hard-court tournament will be staged in the unique Diriyah – appropriately known as the home of kings and heroes - close to Riyadh, that includes At-Turaif, a UNESCO World Heritage site that stands as a symbol of Saudi Arabia’s proud history. <br/><br/> Four players are confirmed for December’s showpiece including Swiss star Stanislas Wawrinka, whose career highlights include three Grand Slam titles, an Olympic gold medal and winning the Davis Cup. Also confirmed is one the game’s rising stars and current world number 4, Daniil Medvedev. The Russian is enjoying a breakthrough year in 2019 with three titles to his name and was a recent runner-up to Rafael Nadal in September’s US Open Final. <br/><br/> Talented world number 12 Fabio Fognini, who was the first Italian to win an ATP Masters 1000 title this year in Monte Carlo, is confirmed alongside the highly rated David Goffin (Belgium), the former world number 7. <br/><br/> His Royal Highness Prince Abdulaziz Bin Turki AlFaisal Al Saud, chairman of the General Sports Authority of Saudi Arabia (GSA), said: ‘Hosting world class international tennis in Saudi Arabia for the very first time is another watershed moment for the Kingdom. There’s a deep passion for sport in Saudi Arabia and the Diriyah Tennis Cup will see us reaching new tennis fans, welcome even more international visitors as well as creating amazing memories for all.’ <br/><br/> The remaining four players will be announced shortly, completing the first Diriyah Tennis Cup line-up. The eight players will be battling it out for the total prize pot of $3 million. <br/><br/> The tournament forms part of the Diriyah season which will include Diriyah E-Prix, Clash On The Dunes Heavyweight boxing rematch between Andy Ruiz Jr and Anthony Joshua, and Diriyah Equestrian Festival, in addition to many entertainment and cultural activities over a month period from November 22 to December 21. <br/><br/> The 15,000-capacity Diriyah Arena will provide an intimate setting allowing tennis fans and newcomers to the sport to get up and close to the world’s very best players. <br/><br/> Peter-Michael Reichel, Co-Chairman, Basel Sports Group: ‘The eyes of the tennis world will be on Saudi Arabia in December with some of the very biggest names in global tennis battling for the first ever Diriyah Tennis Cup. The stunning UNESCO world heritage site in Diriyah will arguably be the most unique venue in tennis – a sensational three days of entertainment for friends, family and tennis fans as part of the Diriyah Season.’ <br/><br/> As well as welcoming the world’s best players, the Diriyah Tennis Cup will work alongside the Saudi Tennis Federation to use the tournament as an opportunity to inspire Saudi players, new fans and followers of the game. <br/><br/> ‘Our vision is to achieve greater participation in sport – hosting the world’s best tennis players here can only help to achieve our goals. Sport provides incredible opportunities to engage and inspire people; tennis provides another platform for us to do that in the Kingdom,’ added His Royal Highness Prince Abdulaziz Bin Turki AlFaisal Al Saud, chairman of the General Sports Authority of Saudi Arabia (GSA). <br/><br/> Diriyah Tennis Cup tickets will available on October 26 at www.diriyahseason.sa You can follow the latest news and announcements about the cup on social media platforms @diriyahseason International travelers can apply for their tourist visa at www.visitsaudi.com

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TICKETS ON SALE FOR THE MOST ELECTRIFYING SPORTS EVENT IN THE MIDDLE EAST AS FORMULA E ACTION RETURNS TO SAUDI ARABIA

TICKETS ON SALE FOR THE MOST ELECTRIFYING SPORTS EVENT IN THE MIDDLE EAST AS FORMULA E ACTION RETURNS TO SAUDI ARABIA

Tickets are now on sale for the most electrifying sports event in the Middle East as the ABB FIA Formula E Championship returns to the UNESCO World Heritage site of Diriyah, on the outskirts of Riyadh, Saudi Arabia...

Tickets are now on sale for the most electrifying sports event in the Middle East as the ABB FIA Formula E Championship returns to the UNESCO World Heritage site of Diriyah, on the outskirts of Riyadh, Saudi Arabia.<br/><br/> The 2019 Diriyah E-Prix kicks off the sixth season of the championship in style with a double-header of back to back races on November 22 and 23. Last year saw incredible scenes as a sell-out crowd flocked to the purpose-built ‘Diriyah Circuit’ racetrack, created from the streets of the Diriyah, known as the home of kings and heroes. <br/><br/> This year sees new rules from the FIA (Federation Internationale de l'Automobile) designed to make the racing even more compelling on the track, as thousands of fans flock to the event. This year sees the debut of teams from Porsche and Mercedes-Benz in Formula E, taking the line up to 12 teams. The thrilling ATTACK MODE and FANBOOST will return to inject more tension and excitement into the racing. <br/><br/> The weekend not only launches the championship but also kicks off Diriyah Season, which was announced recently as a month-long festival of top-class sporting action, global entertainment and cultural activities, all happening at the stunning historic location. <br/><br/> At the glittering season launch event, TAG Heuer Porsche Formula E driver Andre Lotterer said: ‘It is so exciting to be returning to Saudi Arabia and to the Diriyah Circuit. Last year I finished just outside of the podium in fifth, this year it will be exciting, and I will be pushing for success, especially as part of Porsche’s debut in Formula E. Their participation shows how this exciting sport is growing year on year.’ <br/><br/> And motorsport legend, Felipe Masse, Formula E driver with team Venturi Racing, said: ‘The Diriyah Circuit is such a special track, it is a challenging one too as a driver, which makes for an exciting race for the spectators. I can’t wait to get back behind the wheel and racing.’ <br/><br/> The Diriyah Season official launch follows the recent introduction of tourist visas for residents of 49 countries. The stellar lineup, in addition to Formula E, includes: <br/><br/> • Clash On The Dunes - the first-ever World Heavyweight Title fight in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, on the 7th of December 2019. The current unified world heavyweight champion holding the WBA, IBF, WBO and IBO titles Andy ‘The Destroyer’ Ruiz Jr, and Anthony ‘AJ’ Joshua, the 2012 Olympics gold medalist, go head – to – head in a revenge clash of epic proportions. <br/><br/> • The Diriyah Tennis Cup, the first professional tennis tournament ever to be staged in Saudi Arabia from December 12 to 14. Through a knockout tournament, on the Diriyah Arena, with the coveted Diriyah Tennis Cup at stake, watch as three-time grand slam winner Stan Wawrinka of Switzerland battles it out with Russia’s Daniil Medvedev, Belgium’s David Goffin and Italy’s Fabio Fogini. Four more competitors to be announced later. <br/><br/> • The Diriyah Equestrian Festival 2019 (DEF) which will see the world’s best equestrian athletes compete in two weekends of elite sportsmanship, on 12th, 13th and 14th December and 19th, 20th and 21st December. Contestants from Saudi Arabia and the world will compete as they collect points to qualify to Tokyo 2020 Olympics. <br/><br/> Around all these sporting jewels will be wrapped an iconic season of concerts, cultural festivities, food and retail experiences, and a stunning ‘Diriyah Oasis’, all hosted in Diriyah, the historic city which was transformed by the Diriyah Gate Development Authority (DGDA) into a world-class venue for sports and entertainment while preserving its cherished past. <br/><br/> The exciting line-up will be revealed soon but music fans should reserve November 22,23, December 6 and December 13 and 14 in their diaries. <br/><br/> Once again, the Bujairi district of Diriyah will be home to elegant fashion and retail, and the finest dining Saudi Arabia has to offer. And the DGDA will be staging tours of the fascinating and beautiful At-Turaif district, a UNESCO World Heritage site that stands as a symbol of Saudi’s rich history. <br/><br/> And, this year Diriyah Season will introduce Diriyah Oasis, a cultural and entertainment district that pays tribute to Diriyah’s historical importance, being the birthplace of the KSA, and reflects the rich heritage, unique architecture and affluent resources of Saudi Arabia and the region. <br/><br/> • Tickets for both exhilarating days are now on sale at www.diriyahseason.sa. Tickets available start from SAR450 for single day Grandstand tickets, including grandstand seating with a view of all the action, access to the dedicated fan zone, the Allianz E-Village and off-track entertainment, and access to the post-race concert on the day featuring an international superstar. Two-day tickets are price at SAR800, representing a saving of SAR100. <br/><br/> • Premium hospitality starts from SAR2,500 for a single day package including valet parking, luxury indoor and outdoor lounges overlooking the Formula E track, complimentary tours of the stunning UNESCO World Heritage site of At-Turaif, VIP dining and golden circle to the post-race concert. Two-day packages are priced at SAR4,000. <br/><br/> • And, the Boss Emotion Club returns with two-day packages only featuring VIP drop-off areas, exquisite fine dining in an incredible track-side location, exclusive pitlane walks, garage tours and driver access, plus the best access into the post-race concerts and a VIP viewing platform, priced at SAR15,000. <br/><br/> His Royal Highness Prince Abdulaziz Bin Turki AlFaisal Al Saud, Chairman of the GSA, said: ‘Thanks to the launch recently of tourism visas we’re ready to welcome even more international visitors to the Diriyah Circuit, and create another unforgettable moment for our people. As part of the Diriyah Season, Formula E will begin an incredible celebration of sports in the Kingdom across the month.’ <br/><br/> His Royal Highness Prince Khalid bin Sultan Al Faisal Al Saud, President of the Saudi Arabian Motor Federation, said: ‘Last year the Diriyah Circuit proved itself as a world-class venue for thrilling motorsport. This year it will fire up Saudi Arabia’s passion for motorsports again and we are excited to welcome Formula E back.’ <br/><br/> Carlo Boutagy, CEO CBX, Promoter of E-Prix in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, said: ‘The 2019 race will build on the success of last year and deliver an action-packed weekend filled with thrilling racing and world-class entertainment for the fans. We are truly delighted and honored to kick start the 2019/2020 ABB FIA Formula E Championship’. <br/><br/> Tickets for all of Diriyah Season’s spectacular events and entertainment will be available online at www.diriyahseason.sa with Formula E Tickets on sale now, Clash On the Dunes tickets on October 13, and Diriyah Tennis Cup on October 26. Tickets for other events as well as season long tickets will be announced soon. Follow Diriyah Season’s news and announcements on the official social media pages on twitter and Instagram @diriyahseason.

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