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Andy Murray turned down seven-figure fee to play exhibition matches in Saudi Arabia, says agent |  Tennis News


Murray’s agent Matt Gentry says the three-time Grand Slam champion turned down the opportunity to play in Riyadh. “If he’s firmly convinced of something, he’s at the stage where he’ll happily call it and he’ll have that debate with people.”

Last update: 1/14/22 10:05 p.m.

Andy Murray is currently preparing for the Australian Open

Andy Murray has turned down a seven-figure appearance fee to play in an exhibition match in Saudi Arabia over concerns about the country’s human rights record, his agent has revealed.

Saudi Arabia has hosted several major sporting events in recent years, including boxing, golf, Formula 1 and this week’s Spanish Super Cup football, while the country’s Public Investment Fund recently took over Newcastle , Premier League side.

Saudi Arabia has been accused of trying to use “sportswashing” to distract from its human rights record and improve the country’s global reputation.

Murray’s agent Matt Gentry says the three-time Grand Slam champion rejected the opportunity to play in Riyadh, for which sums of up to £1.5m were being offered to the biggest stars in the game. tennis.

“He turned down stuff in Arabia and I don’t think he would play there just because of what happened,” Gentry told the SportUnlocked podcast.

Andy Murray turned down seven-figure fee to play exhibition matches in Saudi Arabia, says agent |  Tennis News

Murray’s agent Matt Gentry says the Brit rejected the chance to play in Saudi Arabia

“If he’s firmly convinced of something, he’s at the stage where he’ll happily call it out and he’ll have that debate with people. I don’t think he’s afraid to voice his opinion about it. “

Novak Djokovic and Rafael Nadal were scheduled to take part in an exhibition event in Saudi Arabia in 2018 but it was canceled due to the Spaniard’s injury. Roger Federer had already rejected an offer to participate.

“Exhibition matches, they’ve done a few over the years where they’ve paid exorbitant amounts of money to bring in players, and he just wasn’t interested,” Melbourne’s Gentry said ahead of the Australian Open.

“If you’re a former world No. 1 player in the Middle East, you could potentially win $1m, $2m for an exhibition game…it’s for the top players, the big names in the world.”




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