Andy Murray refuses to play in Saudi Arabia

British tennis player Andy Murray, a former world number one, told a news conference at Wimbledon on Sunday that he refused to contest competitions in Saudi Arabia.

Three-time Wimbledon winner Andy Murray has ruled out any possibility of playing in Saudi Arabia in the future, adding that he had previously turned down an offer to play in the kingdom.

“They held an event in Saudi Arabia a few years ago and I was offered to play there,” Murray said at a press conference on Saturday, ahead of the start of Wimbledon. “I know a number of other guys on the tour have been offered to play from there”did he declare.

the Telegraph reported last week that Saudi Arabia had expressed interest in hosting a tennis tournament on the WTA Tour.

Professional golf has found itself in controversy in recent months over the Saudi-backed LIV Golf Invitational series, which was played in PGA Tour competition and drew reviews from several professional golfers, in part because of human rights issues.

Saudi Arabia has hosted tennis exhibition events, world number one Daniil Medvedev won the inaugural Diriyah Tennis Cup in Saudi Arabia in 2019 which offered a $3 million prize.

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