Thanasi Kokkinakis wants Arab investments in tennis: "Money is decisive"


Thanasi Kokkinakis wants Arab investments in tennis: "Money is decisive"
Thanasi Kokkinakis wants Arab investments in tennis: "Money is decisive" © Matt McNulty / Stringe Getty Images Sport

Saudi Arabia would be interested in investing in tennis. Interviewed by Clay about it, the Australian tennis player Thanasi Kokkinakis spoke of an important possibility, because this sport, according to him, needs even greater financial support.

Kokkinas explained: "Any offer to develop tennis, to ensure that players are paid what they are worth, is welcome. If the Saudis want to invest in tennis, I think that is a good thing for the sport.

Obviously, we play for the love of the game, we have a lot of fantastic events and we don't want to lose the culture of Grand Slam tournaments and other events that make the history of the sport.

After that, if they are willing to come and finance the players, let them do it. Tennis is a very difficult sport and money is a deciding factor, that's the reality."

NBA now officially allows players to smoke marijuana. Regarding the legalization of cannabis in the world of tennis, he said: "It's not something I really thought about, but I certainly often smelled it while playing.

I think in the NBA the culture is definitely more of that type. I think unless it improves performance… if it does, then maybe it shouldn't be allowed, but if it doesn't improve performance. I've never tried it myself, so I don't know."

Saudi Arabia invests in sport

This summer we witnessed a great change in the soccer system, which saw the undisputed protagonist of Saudi Arabia, who thanks to their almost unlimited economic resources were practically the masters of it.

The European market was largely depleted and there was a real exodus of many players who played in the 5 main leagues towards the Saudi Professional League. To tell the truth, for several years now we have witnessed the entry of some sheikhs into the world of soccer, the chairman of Manchester City Khaldun Al Mubarak and that of Paris Saint Germain Nasser Al-Khelaïfi above all, who have brought their clubs to the top world.

Thanasi Kokkinakis