Djokovic-Nadal ex­hi­bi­tion called off

The Oklahoman - - SPORTS -

No­vak Djokovic said Fri­day an ex­hi­bi­tion match against Rafael Nadal in Saudi Ara­bia has been called off be­cause Nadal un­der­went an­kle surgery.

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.

Amnesty In­ter­na­tional had urged Nadal and Djokovic not to play.

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