Rafael Nadal, Novak Djokovic To Play Exhibition Match In Saudi Arabia

Updated: 08 October 2018 17:36 IST

Novak Djokovic and Rafael Nadal have played 52 times against each other with the Serb leading their head-to-head 27-25.

Rafael Nadal, Novak Djokovic To Play Exhibition Match In Saudi Arabia
The match between Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic will take place on December 22. © AFP

World number one Rafael Nadal on Sunday said he has agreed to play an exhibition match against fellow Grand Slam title winner Novak Djokovic in Saudi Arabia in December. The match between the two stars will take place at Jeddah's King Abdullah Sports City on December 22. "Thanks for the invitation and looking forward to playing and visiting for the first time," Nadal said on Twitter. Nadal, the reigning French Open champion, has 17 Grand Slam titles to his name. Former world number one Djokovic, now at three in the rankings, won Wimbledon and the US Open this year to take his majors collection to 14.

Djokovic and Nadal have played 52 times in their careers with the Serb leading their head-to-head 27-25.

Saudi Arabia has hosted a series of international sports events in recent months.

The first women's professional squash tournament took place in January while last month saw Britain's Callum Smith knock out compatriot George Groves in a World Boxing Association super middleweight boxing bout in Jeddah.

The moves are seen as part of Prince Mohammed bin Salman's drive to open up the conservative kingdom after being named heir to the throne in June 2017.

But despite moves by the young prince to modernise the economy and society -- including lifting a ban on women driving -- the country has stepped up repression of religious, intellectual and feminist dissidents. 

Mystery also surrounds the fate of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi, who has been missing since entering the kingdom's Istanbul consulate on October 2.
 

Comments
Topics mentioned in this article Tennis Rafael Nadal Novak Djokovic Novak Djokovic
Highlights
  • Nadal is currently at number one spot in ATP Rankings.
  • The match will be played at the Jeddah's King Abdullah Sports City
  • The match between the two icons will take place on December 22.
Related Articles
Rafael Nadal Beats Novak Djokovic To Win Ninth Italian Open Title
Rafael Nadal Beats Novak Djokovic To Win Ninth Italian Open Title
Novak Djokovic To Meet Rafael Nadal For 54th Time With Rome Title At Stake
Novak Djokovic To Meet Rafael Nadal For 54th Time With Rome Title At Stake
Rafael Nadal Dispatches Stefanos Tsitsipas To Reach Rome Final
Rafael Nadal Dispatches Stefanos Tsitsipas To Reach Rome Final
Novak Djokovic Survives Scare, Rafael Nadal coasts Into Rome Semi-Finals
Novak Djokovic Survives Scare, Rafael Nadal coasts Into Rome Semi-Finals
Roger Federer, Naomi Osaka Pull Out Injured, Rafael Nadal Sweeps Into Italian Open Semis
Roger Federer, Naomi Osaka Pull Out Injured, Rafael Nadal Sweeps Into Italian Open Semis
Advertisement