Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic are under heavy pressure for their commitment to the Saudi Arabia exhibition on Saturday, December 22. They both signed a deal with the organizers one year ago, as they revealed themselves in a press conference at the Rolex Paris Masters this week, but a controversial situation is affecting the country and they, together with respective teams, are evaluating whether if playing or not.
The week after this exhibition, Djokovic would be back on the road at the Mubadala World Tennis Championships in Abu Dhabi and then would start his 2019 tennis season at the Qatar Exxon Mobil Open in Doha. On Twitter, the 18-time Grand Slam winner Martina Navratilova suggested that Djokovic and Nadal should have not reached an agreement with the authorities.
'I am surprised they are playing. Even before this horror but especially now...', wrote Navratilova. Nadal said: 'Of course I'm aware of all the situation. But I had a commitment since one year ago to play there.
And my team is talking to them, to analyze the things. That's it. As you know, when this kind of things happens and it's terrible that one journalist lost the life. I know something happened very bad inside there. So we are looking at how evolves the situation and I hope the things will clarify as soon as possible.' Nadal is likely to skip the ATP Finals in London due to an abdominal injury, while Djokovic aims to continue his winning momentum.