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Diriyah Tennis Cup 2022: Players Field Announced With Stefanos Tsitsipas And Daniil Medvedev

Greece's Stefanos Tsitsipas (R) and Russia's Daniil Medvedev tap hands after Tsitsipas won his round-robin match against Russia's Daniil Medvedev on November 16, 2022 at the ATP Finals tennis tournament in Turin. (Photo by Marco BERTORELLO / AFP) (Photo by MARCO BERTORELLO/AFP via Getty Images)
Greece’s Stefanos Tsitsipas (R) and Russia’s Daniil Medvedev tap hands after Tsitsipas won his round-robin match against Russia’s Daniil Medvedev on November 16, 2022, at the ATP Finals tennis tournament in Turin. (Photo by Marco BERTORELLO / AFP) (Photo by MARCO BERTORELLO/AFP via Getty Images)

Diriyah Tennis Cup organizers announced a fascinating players’ field for the 2022 edition. The confirmed players’ list included World No.4 Stefanos Tsitsipas, defending champion Daniil Medvedev, and French Open semifinalist Alexander Zverev.

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The elite exhibition tennis tournament presented by Saudi Aramco, public petroleum and natural gas company, will run from 8th to 10th December 2022 on the outdoor hard court at the Diriyah Arena near Riyadh in Saudi Arabia, where a list of 12 players from the ATP circuit will vie for the total prize money of $3 million.

The first edition of the Diriyah Season tennis event took place in 2019, when Daniil Medvedev, Stan Wawrinka, John Isner, David Goffin, Gael Monfils, Jan-Lennard Struff, Lucas Pouille, Ammar Al Haqbani, and Michael Mmoh competed.

Remarkably, Russian Daniil Medvedev became the first champion of the non-official three-day contest after stunning the Italian Fabio Fognini in straight sets(6-2, 6-2) in the final.

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Diriyah Tennis Cup 2022 Players Field

2020 and 2021 saw no tournaments at Diriyah Arena, the outskirts of the Saudi Arabian Capital. After a couple of years of hiatus, the Middle East tourney coordinators announced a star-studded lineup just short of three players for the second edition.

1. Stefanos Tsitsipas(Greece)

The 24-year-old Greek rounded off the 2022 season at No.4 in the ATP rankings with two titles as he defended his title at the Monte Carlo Masters and claimed his first-ever grass-court title at the Mallorca Championships.

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Besides, Former World No.3 reached the final in Rotterdam ATP500, Rome Masters, Cincinnati Masters, Astana Open, Stockholm Open, and the Australian Open semi-final and qualified for ATP Finals.

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2. Daniil Medvedev(Russia)

2022 saw a roller-coaster season for the former World No.1 Daniil Medvedev who capped off the season as a No.7 with Los Cabos ATP250 and Vienna Open titles and reached the championship match at the Australian Open, Libema Open, and Halle ATP500 and made the Year-End finale appearance.

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3. Andrey Rublev(Russia)

World No.8 Rublev displayed his determined performance over eleven months as he seized the title at the Gijon Open, Dubai Tennis Championships, Belgrade ATP250, and Open 13 Provence and reached the semi-final at the Nitto ATP Finals and the quarterfinal at the French Open and US Open.

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4. Alexander Zverev(Germany)

The two-time ATP Finals title winner Zverev was not part of the second half of the 2022 season owing to a foot injury, which ensued during the semi-final match against Rafael Nadal at Roland Garros and is now ranked No.12.

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5. Taylor Fritz(USA)

World No.9 Fritz had a breakthrough season in 2022 as he captured his maiden ATP Masters1000 title in Indian Wells, reached his career-high ranking of No.8 in October, took home titles from Eastbourne and Tokyo, and made the ATP Finals semi-final debut in Turin.

6. Cameron Norrie(Great Britain)

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Brit Cameron Norrie winded up the season with two titles and at No.14 in ATP Rankings like the prior year. However, the 27-year-old enhanced his performance at the Grand Slam events as he reached the semi-final at Wimbledon and the fourth round at the US Open for the first time.

7. Nick Kyrgios(Australia)

World No.22 Kyrgios exhibited his talent throughout the year despite omitting the European clay court swing. Remarkably, the Australian made his Grand Slam final debut at Wimbledon and ended his three years title drought after lifting the Citi Open title in Washington.

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8. Dominic Thiem(Austria)

Despite having a deficit season last year, the 2020 US Open champion elevated his level in the past eleven months by reaching the semi-final at the Gijon Open, European Open, and Swiss Open. Nevertheless, the 29-year-old Austrian is still ranked out of the top 100 – No.106.

9. Stan Wawrinka(Switzerland)

The three-time Grand Slam champion was sidelined from the Australian Open swing by a left foot injury. He began the season in March through the Marbella Challenger event in Spain, where he faced an opening round straight-set loss against Elias Ymer.

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Later, the former World No.3 showcased his best performance of the season in Metz as he prevailed over top seed Daniil Medvedev and Mikael Ymer to reach the semi-final as a qualifier. The 37-year-old Swiss is now standing at No.151 perch on the ATP rankings board.

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Thiru Murugesan

I graduated with a Bachelor's Degree in Mechanical Engineering. And I am a Tennis Enthusiast. Here I am writing and publishing articles just for tennis fans. Besides, I love to watch Federer & Gasquet's backhands, Nadal & Rublev's forehands, Novak's groundstrokes, Serena's serve, Murray's lob, and Kyrgios, Bublik & Paire's trick shots.

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