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Djokovic, Nadal call off Saudi exhibition match

Novak Djokovic says an exhibition match in opposition to Rafael Nadal in Saudi Arabia has been known as off for the reason that Spaniard underwent ankle surgical operation.

The top-ranked Djokovic informed BBC Sports on Friday that “the match is not happening this year” as a result of Nadal’s harm.

Djokovic and Nadal had expressed doubt as to whether or not they would play the Dec. 22 match as Saudi Arabia is underneath rising drive from the global group following the killing of Saudi creator Jamal Khashoggi after he entered Saudi Arabia’s consulate in Istanbul on Oct. 2. He used to be a Washington Post columnist who had written significantly of Saudi Arabia’s crown prince.

The avid gamers had now not withdrawn, even though, announcing the invites had been made a minimum of three hundred and sixty five days in the past. Roger Federer had became down the invitation, announcing he “didn’t want to play there at that time.”

Amnesty International had prompt Nadal and Djokovic to not play.

No. 2-ranked Nadal pulled out of the season-ending ATP Finals as a result of an belly harm, then underwent surgical operation on his proper ankle to begin 2019 wholesome.

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