Andy Murray has turned down a seven-figure fee for playing exhibition matches in Saudi Arabia, his agent says Tennis news

Murray’s agent Matt Gentry says the three-time Grand Slam champion has turned down the opportunity to play in Riyadh; “If he feels anything no matter what, he’s happy to say it and discuss it with people.”

Last update: 14/01/22 22:05

Andy Murray has turned down a seven-figure fee for playing exhibition matches in Saudi Arabia, his agent says  Tennis news

Andy Murray is currently preparing for the Australian Open

Andy Murray has turned down a seven-figure fee for performing at an exhibition match in Saudi Arabia due to concerns about human rights in the country, his agent revealed.

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

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

Murray’s agent, Matt Gentry, says the three-time grand slam champion has turned down the opportunity to play in Riyadh, for which the biggest tennis stars have been offered up to £ 1.5 million.

“He rejected things in Saudi Arabia and I don’t think he played there just because of what happened,” Gentry told the SportUnlocked podcast.

Murray's agent, Matt Gentry, says the Briton has turned down the opportunity to play in Saudi Arabia

Murray’s agent, Matt Gentry, says the Briton has turned down the opportunity to play in Saudi Arabia

“If he feels strongly no matter what, he’s happy to say it and discuss it with people. I don’t think he’s afraid to express his opinion.”

Novak Djokovic and Rafael Nadal were scheduled to attend an exhibition event in Saudi Arabia in 2018, but it was canceled due to a Spanish injury. Roger Federer has already turned down the bid.

“Over the years, they have played several exhibition matches, paying incredible amounts of money to get players to come, and he just wasn’t interested,” Melbourne’s Gentry said before the Australian Open.

“If you’re a former No. 1 player in the Middle East, you could potentially earn $ 1 million, $ 2 million for an exhibition match … that’s for the best players, big global names.”

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