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PHOTOS: Nadal and Djokovic go sightseeing in Bangkok

October 02, 2015 16:49 IST

Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic

Novak Djokovic of Serbia, left, and Rafael Nadal of Spain hold garlands as they pray during their visit to the Erawan shrine. Photograph: Athit Perawongmetha/Reuters

Tennis titans Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic met with Thai Prime Minister Prayuth Chan-ocha on Friday and visited the site of a deadly Bangkok bomb blast.

Rafael Nadal, left,  of Spain looks on

Rafael Nadal, left, of Spain looks on as Novak Djokovic of Serbia signs his autograph on a guitar during a visit to a fair. Photograph: Rungroj Yongrit/Reuters

World No 1 Djokovic and Nadal, a 14-time Grand Slam champion, are in Thailand for a sold-out exhibition match aimed at boosting confidence in safety following the August attack which killed 20 people, including fourteen foreigners.

The blast, the worst incident of its kind in Thai history, has taken a toll on the country's important tourism industry, which had just begun to recover after political protests last year.

Rafael Nadal

A Thai woman takes a selfie with Novak Djokovic, right, next to Rafael Nadal at the Government House. Photograph: Rungroj Yongrit/Reuters

The pair visited the Erawan shrine, the scene of the explosion, and placed flower garlands at the site amid pouring rain.

Earlier, Nadal and Djokovic, wearing pale blue and yellow traditional Thai silk jackets, gave tennis racquets to Prayuth and chatted to the premier through an interpreter. Prayuth asked the two to help promote Thai tourism.

Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic

Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic present rackets to Thai Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha, right, during a meeting at the Government House in Bangkok. Photograph: Rungroj Yongrit/Reuters

"We are very pleased to have world-class tennis players in Thailand," said Prayuth. "We hope you will help boost confidence."

Novak Djokovic of Serbia, left, and Rafael Nadal

Novak Djokovic of Serbia, left, and Rafael Nadal of Spain visit a fair after meeting with Thai Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha (not pictured). Photograph: Rungroj Yongrit/Reuters

Djokovic last visited Thailand in 2008 when he lost the final of the Thailand Open to Jo-Wilfried Tsonga, while Nadal visited Bangkok in 2010 for the same tournament and lost in the semi-finals.

The two will face each other at Bangkok's Hua Mark Indoor Stadium.

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