Caroline Wozniacki acknowledges Saudi Arabia’s growing presence in tennis, emphasizes potential for positive change.

Caroline Wozniacki, a Grand Slam winner, expressed her views on Saudi Arabia’s increasing involvement in tennis, stating that the country is likely to host more tournaments in the future. Wozniacki believes that while Saudi Arabia is making a significant impact in various sports, including golf, football, and tennis, there is an opportunity for positive change and improvement. Her comments follow Rafael Nadal’s recent appointment as an ambassador for the Saudi Tennis Federation as part of the country’s efforts to host more professional tennis events.

Wozniacki, who is making a comeback to tennis after having two children, acknowledged the inevitability of Saudi Arabia’s growing presence in sports. She emphasized the potential for leveraging this situation to bring about positive changes, despite acknowledging concerns related to human rights. Nadal, in his role as an ambassador, expressed excitement about contributing to Saudi Arabia’s growth and progress in sports.

The issue of hosting the WTA Finals in Saudi Arabia is currently under consideration, with the decision pending. World number one Iga Swiatek highlighted the complexity of the matter, recognizing the desire for change in these regions while also acknowledging the challenges faced by women in such areas. Meanwhile, tennis legends Martina Navratilova and Chris Evert reportedly sent a letter to WTA chief Steve Simon urging caution in taking the WTA Finals to Saudi Arabia, citing concerns related to women’s rights and the LGBTQ community. The WTA, in response, stated that discussions are ongoing and no decisions have been made at this time.