EM – Andy Murray turned down a seven-figure sum to play in Saudi Arabia as part of the ‘sportswashing’ protest


Andy Murray turned down a seven-figure sum to play an exhibition game in Saudi Arabia due to the country’s human rights record, his representative revealed.

Saudi Arabia has poured huge sums into the sport in recent years thrown to attract tennis, golf and boxing stars, and hosted its inaugural Formula One Grand Prix last month.

Critics said the nation was trying to boost its image through “sports lingerie,” which this week suffered another blow when a scathing report from Human Rights Watch cited the “near-total suppression of critical voices.”

Matt Gentry, a longtime advisor to Murray and co-founder of his agency 77 Sports Management, said sums of up to $2m (£1.5m) would be offered to top tennis stars


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