Andy Roddick, in his podcast, talked about Saudi Arabia’s entry into tennis. The previous US Open winner expressed his doubts about Saudi Arabia, underlining how within the nation there may be nonetheless discrimination towards ladies, comparable to those that love folks of the identical gender, censorship and political persecution.
“In Saudi Arabia, loving an individual of the identical gender is illegitimate. However we’ve gamers who’ve overtly come out. A number of gamers like Daria Kasatkina, to call one, have come out. If there are tournaments in that nation, what ought to we are saying to those gamers, who must take every week off due to their popping out? How will we defend our gamers whose life-style selections are thought of prison after they enter that nation?” defined Roddick.
Saudi Arabia breaks in tennis
Saudi Arabia has determined to focus closely on tennis. After the Subsequent Gen ATP finals which have now discovered a house in Jeddah and the exhibition occasion final December wherein Aryna Sabalenka, Ons Jabeur and Novak Djokovic additionally participated, the nation has introduced a brand new main exhibition occasion in October 2024.
A brilliant exhibition 6 Kings Slam can be held in Riyadh, wherein six of one of the best gamers on the planet will participate: Novak Djokovic, Carlos Alcaraz, Daniil Medvedev, Jannik Sinner, Holger Rune and Rafael Nadal. Of all these gamers, solely the Dane has by no means received a Slam title.
Not rather more is thought about this efficiency but however it’s actually a brand new demonstration of energy by the Saudis. Saudi Arabia due to this fact strengthens its dedication to tennis. The information was given on X and with a press launch by Turki Alalshikh, an organizer who could be very energetic in organizing leisure within the Arab nation which additionally consists of sport.
The assertion additionally experiences the phrases of the gamers. “I am excited to return to Riyadh and compete in entrance of my Saudi followers,” stated Djokovic. Nadal, who can be an envoy for Saudi tennis, added: “After different gamers have finished it, I can not wait to play for the primary time in Riyadh.” Carlos Alcaraz additionally spoke about his presence on this event, stating that he was joyful to return to the Saudi metropolis.
For Sinner and Rune it is going to be the primary time in Saudi Arabia, whereas Medvedev returns after being a part of the 2019 Diriyah Tennis Cup. Many features of this occasion will not be recognized, comparable to period, precise dates, format, however it is going to actually trigger a variety of dialogue, for higher or for worse.