Djokovic, Nadal, Sinner set for Saudi Arabia exhibition


Recently crowned Australian Open champion Jannik Sinner has been named alongside fellow grand slam stars Rafael Nadal, Novak Djokovic and Carlos Alcaraz for an exhibition event in Saudi Arabia in October.

Holger Rune and the 2021 US Open champion Daniil Medvedev - this year's beaten finalist at Melbourne Park - are the other players involved in what is being promoted as the 6 Kings Slam in Riyadh.

All but world No.7 Rune have won at least one grand slam title, with Djokovic - the men's record holder with 24 - and Nadal (22) leading the way.

The 37-year-old Nadal, who has amassed more than $US134 million ($A207 million) in prize money during his storied career, was recently announced as an ambassador for the Saudi Tennis Federation.

The Gulf kingdom has been widely accused of 'sportswashing' - investing heavily in global sport in an attempt to deflect attention from its human-rights record.

High-profile sports investments from the nation in recent years have included bank-rolling the LIV Golf tour, attracting superstars including Cristiano Ronaldo to its domestic soccer league and buying English Premier League club Newcastle United.

Rights groups say women continue to face discrimination in most aspects of family life in the kingdom, while homosexuality remains a major taboo.

The ATP men's tour has moved its annual tournament for leading players aged 21 and under to Jedda, while the WTA women's tour is in negotiations to put its season-ending championship in Saudi Arabia.