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Andy Murray claims a South American ATP Grasp 1000, however future in Saudi Arabia

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The appearance of Saudi Arabia in tennis has meant that the polarization of the world’s strongest tennis gamers is targeted in the direction of the Saudi nation, risking some occasions in different nations being excluded.

In South America, for instance, there are various occasions, however the continent doesn’t have its ATP Grasp 1000: an occasion that can more than likely go to Saudi Arabia within the coming months. The swing on South American clay-courts has 4 tournaments: two ATP 250 in Argentina (Cordoba and Buenos Aires), the ATP 250 in Santiago de Chile and the ATP 500 in Rio De Janiero. Not a lot, for a continent that has at all times produced high-level gamers and who at all times guarantee heat and crowds.

The concept proposed by some customers was to convey ahead the Sunshine Double of Indian Wells and Miami to February and set up the tour in South America initially of March, probably with a 1000 class event. Nevertheless, the opening of a Saudi event appears to shut the street to this resolution.

The British Andy Murray expressed himself on the difficulty by way of a Twitter submit, which opened a debate amongst followers. “Unpopular Opinion. South America ought to have their very own devoted swing tennis tour with their very own Masters collection. The best way the followers help the tournaments is unimaginable. Unbelievable atmospheres and clearly a part of their sporting tradition. Let’s go @atptour!”

His message was supported by Boris Becker and Diego Scwartzman amongst others, in addition to many different tennis insiders. The difficulties in attracting the highest gamers of the South American Tour are dictated by the inconvenient calendar offered by the ATP. The 4 South American tournaments are scheduled for February, between the Australian Open and the 2 American ATP Grasp 1000s in Indian Wells and Miami.

For many athletes it due to this fact turns into counterproductive to maneuver from laborious courtroom to clay earlier than two different commitments on the laborious courts, thus deciding to participate within the preparatory occasions for the US tournaments.

Among the many high gamers (and former participant – ed.), solely David Ferrer, Rafael Nadal and Carlos Alcaraz have graced the South American courts, receiving nice affection from the gang.

Andy Murray
Andy Murray© Morgan Hancock / Stringer Getty Pictures Sport


Andy Murray was echoed by Boris Becker, who in response to the previous ATP No.1’s submit said that tennis ought to go to the nations/continents the place the sport is booming, and Diego Schwartzman, who commented: “Yearly we obtain much less help. Not just for the help of the followers on the tournaments. Additionally for the gamers that we’ve, and that we had on the high. We deserve extra from the ATP.”

It’s clear that the way forward for tennis is at an necessary crossroads. There will probably be an important tournaments, such because the Slams and the ATP Masters 1000, by which the perfect tennis gamers on the planet will take part.

The millionaire performances (and the subsequent future tournaments) that will probably be performed in Saudi Arabia will polarize the strongest tennis gamers on the earth, who will inevitably be attracted by the millionaire prize cash made out there by the Saudi nation.

Too sturdy a temptation, which is able to put the survival of many ATP 250 tournaments (clearly essentially the most in danger) and ATP 500 in danger. The way forward for tournaments in South America doesn’t appear very constructive.

Talking clearly, the scenario might stay unchanged for now or might even worsen, if within the month of February Saudi Arabia decides sooner or later to incorporate different exhibitions that can supply prizes to millionaires.

And Rafael Nadal speaks out about his partnership with Saudi Arabia

The subject of sportwashing has now develop into more and more recurrent. A theme that focuses on the Saudi world’s need to wash up its picture by organizing necessary sporting occasions.

“It is simply the newest chapter in Saudi Arabia’s relentless sportswashing operation. Rafael Nadal would moderately converse out about human rights. From tennis to soccer, from golf to boxing, Saudi authorities have spent billions of their efforts to reclassify the nation as a sporting superpower and divert consideration from an appalling human rights file,” mentioned Amnesty Worldwide financial affairs director Peter Frankental.

Nadal, on the Spanish program El Goal, responded to Frankental’s criticisms.

“I do not suppose Saudi Arabia wants me to wash up any picture. It’s a nation that has opened as much as the world and has nice potential. It is logical that the world goes there and the sensation is that every part might be purchased with cash and that now even Rafa has offered himself to cash. I perceive that folks suppose that method. Are there issues that have to be improved? Little doubt.

It’s a nation that may be very behind in lots of issues, it has solely just lately opened up. If Saudi doesn’t evolve as I consider it can within the subsequent 10-15 years, I’ll inform you that I used to be utterly fallacious. I consider I’ll have the liberty to have the ability to work with the values I consider in. If that does not occur, I’ll say I made a mistake and I used to be fallacious,” defined the Spanish tennis legend.

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