Novak Djokovic, Rafael Nadal to play ‘Kings Slam’ in Saudi Arabia | Tennis News

Feb 6, 2024

Riyadh: Novak Djokovik And Rafael Nadal A new exhibition tournament will be titled Saudi ArabThe debate has intensified about promoting tennis in the conservative country, organizers said.
The Serbs and the Spaniards, who have 46 major titles between them, will join Wimbledon the champion carlos alcaraz and Australian Open winner Janic Sinner In 6 Kings Slam.
third in the world Daniil Medvedev And seventh-ranked Holger Rune will also play at the event in Riyadh in October, the latest foray into the sport from oil-rich Saudi Arabia.
greatness of women chris evert And Martina Navratilova The influx of Saudi money into women's tennis was criticized last month as officials considered holding the WTA Finals there at the end of the season.
The headline of their joint opinion article in the Washington Post read, “We didn't help build women's tennis only to be exploited by Saudi Arabia.”
but the tunisian star Ons Jabeur He hit back, saying “people should be more aware of what's happening” in Saudi, where many economic and social reforms are in progress.
Rafael Nadal, who has hinted that this may be his final season, has signed on as a tennis ambassador for Saudi Arabia, whose efforts to improve his international reputation through the sport have often been called “sportwashing”. Is.
As well as hosting F1 and top-level boxing and signing a number of football superstars for its domestic league, Saudi Arabia will also host a number of major events over the next decade, including the 2034 World Cup.

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