Israeli tennis player Shahar Peer was denied a visa from the United Arab Emirates so that she could play in the Dubai Tennis Championships. The decision dealt a blow to Dubai’s image of openness in both business and sports. World Tennis Association chief executive Larry Scott said the tour was “deeply disappointed” by the decision and that “Ms. Peer has earned the right to play in the tournament and it’s regrettable that the UAE is denying her this right. Ms. Peer and her family are obviously extremely upset and disappointed by the decision of the UAE and its impact on her personally and professionally.” Mr. Scott also said in reference to the World Tennis Association that it “believes strongly and has a clear rule and policy that no host country should deny a player the right to compete in a tournament for which she has qualified by ranking.”
The WTA needs to tell Dubai that they will no longer be hosting any international tennis events that the ATP would sanction. They should not be able to carry on with this one except that it would be unfair to the other players. Once again we see Israel, or more specifically an Israeli citizen, being discriminated against on an international stage. But why should we be surprised when even the United Nations does not give Israel a vote in any matter. And I’m certainly not surprised that the UAE, a Muslim dominated country, would make such a move. And we’re suppose to believe that Islam is a religion of peace.