Where to watch Carlos Alcaraz vs Novak Djokovic live stream, TV channel, time for Riyadh Season Tennis Cup

The Riyadh Season Tennis Cup takes place this winter as some of the biggest and most recognisable tennis stars do battle in Saudi Arabia. 

Part of the Riyadh Season, which happens each year in the country’s capital city, the exhibition tournament will take place on December 26 and 27 this year and acts as a brief warmup event to next month’s Australian Open. 

Novak Djokovic and Carlos Alcaraz are currently slated to be taking part on the men’s side of the draw, whilst current world number one Aryna Sabalenka will face off against Ons Jabeur in the women’s event. 

Here, The Sporting News provides all of the details on the event, the players competing and how to follow it all around the world.

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When is the Riyadh Season Tennis Cup? Alcaraz vs. Djokovic start time 

This year, the Riyadh Tennis Cup will take place from December 26 to 27 and will see some of the world’s most famous tennis stars battle it out. 

The men’s match, on December 27, features the two current best players in the world face off as Djokovic and Alcaraz renew their new found rivalry, just a month on from their ATP Finals matchup.

The day before, December 26, Sabalenka, take on popular Tunisian star, Ons Jabeur.

No official start time has been given so far but both matches will be played at the Kingdom Arena, which has a capacity for 40,000 fans.

However, the following start times listed on DAZN for their coverage starting are as follows for Alcaraz vs. Djokovic : 

  Date Start time
USA Weds. Dec 27 10.45 a.m. ET
Canada Weds. Dec 27 10.45 a.m. ET
UK Weds. Dec 27 3.45 p.m. GMT
Australia Thurs. Dec 28 2.45 a.m. AEST
India Weds. Dec 27 9.15 p.m. IST

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Riyadh Season Tennis Cup 2023 live stream, TV channel

The tournament will be streamed exclusively by DAZN around the world:

  TV channel Streaming
USA  — DAZN
Canada  — DAZN
UK DAZN 1 DAZN
Australia  — DAZN
India  — DAZN

What is the Riyadh Season Tennis Cup? 

The Riyadh Tennis Cup is a part of the Riyadh Season which happens in the Saudi Arabian capital each year.

It’s a huge event that takes place over months and this season featured the heavyweight boxing tilt between Tyson Fury and Francis Ngannou back in late October.

As well as sporting events, the festival also offers concerts and other unique cultural events to the thousands of visitors who travel from around the world each year. 

Novak Djokovic vs. Carlos Alcaraz head-to-head record, past results

As of December 2023, the head-to-head record between these two is quite nicely balanced: Djokovic has three wins, and Alcaraz two.

Alcaraz had already made a statement of intent by beating one of Djokovic’s fellow modern greats and a compatriot the Spaniard so admires, Rafael Nadal, on his way to a first meeting with the Serbian at Madrid in 2022.

Lest anyone suspected contests between Alcaraz and Djokovic would not be keenly contested, each of their three sets went beyond 10 games: Djokovic took the first-set tie-break to five, then Alcaraz won the final set by the same scoreline after picking up the second 7-5.

Their most recent meeting was surprisingly one-sided, Djokovic easing to a 6-3 6-2 win at the ATP World Tour Finals in November 2023. Alcaraz accepted afterwards that he had been comprehensively outplayed.

Novak Djokovic vs. Carlos Alcaraz head-to-head record

Date Tournament Stage Winner Score
Nov. 18, 2023 ATP Finals Semifinal Djokovic 6-3, 6-2
Aug. 20, 2023 Cincinnati Masters Final Djokovic 5-7, 7-6 (9-7), 7-6 (6-4)
Jul. 16, 2023 Wimbledon Final Alcaraz 1-6, 7-6 (8-6), 6-1, 3-6, 6-4
Jun. 9, 2023 French Open Semifinal Djokovic 6-3, 5-7, 6-1, 6-1
Jul. 16, 2023 Madrid Masters Semifinal Alcaraz 6-7 (5-7), 7-5, 7-6 (7-5)

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