Saudi Arabia’s sports activities washing energy seize of tennis has been given an sudden enhance on the eve of the showpiece match.
Discussions between tennis governing our bodies and Saudi’s Public Funding Fund had been the speak of Wimbledon with play as a consequence of begin in SW19 on Monday.
Former champion John McEnroe urged tennis to withstand following golf, boxing and different sports activities by succumbing to the wealth of the controversial Arab Kingdom.
McEnroe mentioned: ‘I’m not shocked (to listen to the WTA and ATP are in talks). I wouldn’t encourage it, me personally, the Saudi factor, however I’m not shocked that tennis is being thrown into the combination after what we noticed in golf.’
However Britain’s biggest ever participant Andy Murray on Saturday night joined this 12 months’s Wimbledon favourites Novak Djokovic and Iga Swiatek in accepting Saudi’s riches will show too seductive for tennis to disregard.
Two-time Wimbledon champion Andy Murray had a resigned view of a Saudi takeover in tennis
Murray, who has beforehand turned down affords to play exhibition occasions there, mentioned: ‘In the event that they change into main tournaments on the tour, it turns into a barely totally different query. It’s a troublesome one, actually, primarily based on how the tour and the rankings and every thing work. While you begin lacking them, you clearly get penalised for that.
‘Yeah, it’s undoubtedly one thing I’d have to consider. Sadly it’s the way in which that plenty of sports activities appear to be going now.’
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