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The 2023 Subsequent Gen ATP Finals introduced by NEOM begins on Tuesday in Saudi Arabia, however first, the 21-and-under stars visited Al-Balad, the historic outdated city of Jeddah, for this yr’s official group picture.

Forward of the primary ATP-sanctioned occasion to be held in Saudi Arabia, gamers took time to go to the historic websites in Al-Balad, which was listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Website in 2014.

“We have had a extremely enjoyable time,” mentioned 19-year-old American Alex Michelsen. “Everybody’s been having plenty of laughs. Folks have been nice and to see the outdated metropolis was actually, actually cool.”

Jeddah Old Town visit

Jordanian Abdullah Shelbayh obtained a wild card for the occasion. The Arab star loved spending time together with his rivals in Jeddah, the place the gamers hung out exploring the native markets.

“It was thrilling to do that with the gamers, they’re fairly humorous guys,” Shelbayh mentioned. “It was good to spend a while collectively outdoors of competitors.”

Frenchman Arthur Fils, who received his maiden tour-level title in Lyon earlier this season, confirmed off his driving expertise in Al-Balad. The 19-year-old drove his fellow stars round in a buggy, receiving cheers of help.

“It was good,” Fils mentioned. “I used to be driving the boys, it was simple. Everybody was smiling and laughing. It’s good to be with the boys as it isn’t usually. It’s a nice metropolis. It’s good and the folks listed below are very welcoming. I’m liking it.”

Jeddah Old Town visit

Fils’ countryman Luca Van Assche practised for the primary time in Jeddah on Saturday earlier than visiting the town.

“It’s an unimaginable expertise for us,” Van Assche mentioned. “I’ve by no means been right here so it’s a new nation for me and civilisation and I’m pleased to be right here to see a number of the metropolis. It is rather stunning.”

Two Italians, Luca Nardi and Flavio Cobolli, will make their debuts on the 21-and-under occasion. Each had enjoyable sightseeing and enjoying rooftop tennis on the customer centre.

“It is rather good right here,” Nardi mentioned. “We’re having an excellent day visiting the town. I prefer it and the persons are very good. My first time enjoying tennis on a roof. It was very good and seeing children come. It was a pleasant environment.”

“It was a terrific day and I am very pleased to be right here with the Subsequent Gen class,” Cobolli mentioned.

Jeddah Old Town visit

Inexperienced Group consists of Fils, Stricker, Cobolli and Nardi. Crimson Group consists of Van Assche, Michelsen, Medjedovic and Shelbayh.

Seven of the eight rivals are match debutants, excluding 2022 semi-finalist Stricker.

“It was a terrific tour,” Stricker mentioned. “We noticed just a few issues of Jeddah. Seeing the outdated buildings and taking photos. It’s a good occasion and I’m trying ahead to enjoying.”

Jeddah Old Town visit

   

Jeddah Old Town visit

Jeddah Old Town visit

Hamad Medjedovic was absent as he was a member of the Serbia workforce on the Davis Cup Finals.

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