Roger Federer reveals reasons for rejecting lucrative Saudi Arabia match

Rolex Paris Masters - Day Two

With the matches well underway at the Paris Masters, centre court will soon play host to Rafael Nadal as he takes on fellow Spaniard Fernando Verdasco.

Following this afternoon's match, the men's number three seed Roger Federer will be playing Canadian Milos Raonic, currently number 21 in the world. 

Following the Masters in Paris, the two players above Federer in the Men's singles world rankings, Novak Djokovic and Rafa Nadal, will both reportedly be attending an exhibition match in Saudi Arabia.

Federer, however, will not be attending, despite being invited, a decision Federer made easily.

It seems he wants nothing to do with the media storm surrounding Saudi Arabia at the moment, in particular concerning journalist Jamal Khashoggi.

Federer is no stranger to the Middle East, though, as he owns property in Dubai, but revealed he is happy doing what he's doing, and not attending the exhibition.

“They contacted me too,” said Federer.

“I prefer not to play. I’m happy practising. I’m happy doing other things, and I didn’t want to play there at that time. So, for me, it was a very quick decision.”

The decision may have been easy for Federer, despite the contracts involving seven-figure sums when they were created last year, and he proved this by focusing his attention on the matter at hand - the Paris Masters - which Federer has skipped for the last two years.


“I love playing here in Paris,” Federer said on Tuesday.

“It’s been a long time since I’ve been here, but the body is good enough, the mind also."

Federer will hope to do well in this tournament, amid winning his 99th career title.

So despite both Nadal and Djokovic heading out there for the exhibition, it looks like Federer will be staying at home.

Something he's very happy to be doing.

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