Set to take place during October, the 6 Kings Slam is the latest Saudi Arabia foray into tennis and will see Novak Djokovic and Rafael Nadal headline an exhibition tournament in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia with a mind-blowing amount of prize money compared to the normal tour.

Just for appearing alone over the course of the few days, players will receive $1.5million. It also includes Carlos Alcaraz, Jannik Sinner, Daniil Medvedev and Holger Rune as the other top names involved, all but the Dane are former or current Grand Slam champions.

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The winner will receive $6 million as per The Telegraph. It is the next sign of intent from Saudi Arabia who have made big moves in boxing as of late staging some of the biggest fights on bumper cards putting promotional differences aside. This tournament is ran by the same entity and will be part of the so called Riyadh Season after Djokovic and Alcaraz faced off in an exhibition also last Christmas in the Kingdom.

Nadal also recently signed as an ambassador for the Saudi Tennis Federation and is all set to establish a new Rafa Nadal Academy in the country. They will also be hosting the Next Gen ATP Finals in Jeddah until 2027. Further murmurings also consider the WTA Finals likely to head there despite strong protests from tennis legends in Martina Navratilova and Chris Evert. As well as other figures wondering how it will work with laws surrounding women and even homosexuality if Daria Kasatkina for instance qualifies.

But it will also affect the men in this case for this tournament with the Shanghai Masters likely to have at least a few of its top names not play. With dates not confirmed, it could also see the Paris Masters have the same issue.



Severin Luthi parted ways with Holger Rune after less than two months together.

Severin Luthi has spoken for the first time since leaving Holger Rune’s team. The former coach of Roger Federer joined the Dane’s camp in mid-December and travelled to the Australian Open with him. But it was announced this week that they would not be continuing their partnership because of scheduling issues.

Rune built a team of ‘super coaches’ at the end of 2023, hiring Boris Becker in October. He then added Luthi during the off-season, with the pair set to share travelling duties when it came to accompanying the world No. 7 at tournaments.

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The job was Luthi’s first since Federer retired, as he previously coached the 20-time Grand Slam champion between 2007 and 2022. The 48-year-old appeared in Rune’s box at the recent Australian Open but it was the first and last time that he joined the Dane on the road, as they have since parted ways.

Rune’s mum and manager Aneke announced the news this week, and Luthi has now broken his silence on the split. Speaking to Blick, he confirmed Aneke’s claims that the “timing” was “not right”.

Luthi added: “If you notice this, then I say, we would rather separate now than in six months.” The Swiss coach was still happy to have had the brief, experience with Rune, claiming that their work together was “anything but a quick fix.”

He continued: “I think about things like this carefully, maybe sometimes too carefully. I’m glad I was able to have this experience – it was my first job after Roger Federer’s retirement. That will help me personally.”

It comes after Rune’s mum told Ekstra Bladet: “I just want to inform you that from now on Holger will only have Boris and Kenneth [Carlsen] in his coaching staff. Don’t want to make a big deal out of it, but the timing with Severin was clearly not right. It would be too few weeks for Severin to be able to cover for the continuity that Holger needs.”