DJOKOVIC TO SKIP EX­HI­BI­TION MATCH IN SAUDI

Sun.Star Cebu - - PRIME SPORTS - AP

No­vak Djokovic says an ex­hi­bi­tion match against Rafael Nadal in Saudi Ara­bia has been called off be­cause the Spa­niard un­der­went an­kle surgery. The top-ranked Djokovic told BBC Sports on Fri­day that “the match is not hap­pen­ing this year” be­cause of Nadal’s in­jury. Djokovic and Nadal had ex­pressed doubt as to whether they would play the Dec. 22 match as Saudi Ara­bia is un­der grow­ing pres­sure from the in­ter­na­tional com­mu­nity fol­low­ing the killing of Saudi writer Ja­mal Khashoggi af­ter he en­tered Saudi Ara­bia’s con­sulate in Is­tan­bul on Oct. 2. He was a Wash­ing­ton Post colum­nist who had writ­ten crit­i­cally of Saudi Ara­bia’s crown prince. The play­ers had not with­drawn, though, say­ing the in­vi­ta­tions were made at least one year ago. /

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