Monday, 10 December, 2018

Novak Djokovic and Rafael Nadal cancel controversial Saudi Arabia exhibition

Novak Djokovic and Rafael Nadal Novak Djokovic replaced Rafael Nadal at the top of the world rankings in October
Cassandra Castillo | 10 November, 2018, 14:39

Serbian tennis world number 1 Novak Djokovic has confirmed that his controversial exhibition match against Rafael Nadal in Saudi Arabia in December is off after injury problems cut short the Spaniard's season. The match was dubbed the King Salman Tennis Championship and was a product of the Sports Development Fund, a Saudi government initiative urging "an infusion of capital to build new facilities, contributions to the privatization of sports clubs, and efforts to attract and promote worldwide sports events".

The Saudi journalist was brutally killed as he collected documents from his country's consulate in Istanbul, in a murder some have linked to the ruling powers in the Arab kingdom.

Djokovic and Nadal had expressed doubt as to whether they would play the December 22 match as Saudi Arabia is under growing pressure from the global community following the killing of Saudi writer Jamal Khashoggi after he entered Saudi Arabia's consulate in Istanbul on October 2.

Djokovic said earlier that the event had been canceled and would not happen this year.

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Both players tweeted their excitement shortly after the match was announced on October 7, less than a week after Khashoggi was killed.

'Nadal, also in Paris, added: 'Of course I'm aware of all the situation. And my team is taking to them, to analyze the things.

"I have done everything possible to reach the end of the season in good condition, both in Paris and London, doing things well and I really wanted to play". I've been always trying to be very professional and respectful towards people that I have commitments with.

Roger Federer, who is also in the eight-man field for the ATP Finals at London's O2 arena, revealed last week that he had received an invitation to take part in the Saudi exhibition but said he had turned down the approach.

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