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Nadal to function tennis ambassador for Saudis

Associated Press Jan 16, 2024, 09:50 AM ET RIYADH, Saudi Arabia — Rafael Nadal will serve as an ambassador for the Saudi Tennis Federation, part of a recent effort by the kingdom to make inroads into tennis and other sports. Nadal, 37, of Spain, has won 22 Grand Slam titles. He is missing the Australian

Nadal to function tennis ambassador for Saudis

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Jan 16, 2024, 09:50 AM ET

RIYADH, Saudi Arabia — Rafael Nadal will function an envoy for the Saudi Tennis Federation, a part of a current effort by the dominion to make inroads into tennis and different sports activities.

Nadal, 37, of Spain, has gained 22 Grand Slam titles. He’s lacking the Australian Open whereas recovering from a muscle tear close to his surgically repaired hip. He had hoped to return to Grand Slam motion at Melbourne Park after lacking almost all of 2023.

Nadal’s new position, introduced Monday, contains selling tennis in Saudi Arabia and plans for a Rafa Nadal Academy there.

It indicators yet one more step into tennis for the dominion, which is internet hosting the boys’s tour’s Subsequent Gen ATP Finals for prime 21-and-under gamers in Jeddah by means of 2027. The ladies’s tour has been in talks to put its season-ending WTA Finals in Saudi Arabia.

Human rights teams say ladies proceed to face discrimination in most features of household life within the kingdom, and being homosexual is a serious taboo, as it’s in a lot of the remainder of the Center East.

Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman has labored to get himself out of worldwide isolation because the 2018 killing of Washington Publish columnist Jamal Khashoggi. He additionally clearly desires to diversify Saudi Arabia’s economic system and cut back its reliance on oil.

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