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Andy Murray declined seven-figure amount to play in Saudi Arabia as part of ‘sportswashing’ demonstration

Andy Murray declined seven-figure amount to play in Saudi Arabia as part of ‘sportswashing’ demonstration

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A ndy Murray denied a seven-figure amount to play an exhibit match in Saudi Arabia due to the nation’s human-rights record, his agent has actually exposed.

Saudi Arabia has actually tossed substantial amounts of cash at sport over the last few years to draw in the stars of tennis, golf and boxing, and last month hosted its very first Formula One Grand Prix.

Critics have stated the country is trying to utilize “sports-washing” to enhance its image, which suffered another blow today when a damning report from Human Rights Watch pointed out “near overall repression of crucial voices”.

Gentry said Murray wasn’t interested in the “eye-watering sums of money” involved

Gentry stated Murray wasn’t thinking about the “eye-watering amounts of cash” included

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Matt Gentry, a veteran advisor to Murray, above, and co-founder of his 77 Sports Management company, stated amounts of approximately $2 million (₤ 1.5 million) were being provided to leading tennis stars to