It seems that every female tennis player is “disappointed” that Shahar Peer was refused entry into the United Arab Emirates because she is from Israel. Well cry me a river over that disappointment. I have to say I am utterly disappointed in the character of all of these women for their refusal to stand up for their own.
Venus Williams says her fellow players had no intention of boycotting the Dubai Championships after Israeli Shahar Peer was denied a visa.
“There are so many other people involved. Sponsors are important to us,” said Williams.
“We wouldn’t be here without sponsors. We can’t let sponsors down.
“Whatever we do, we need to do as a team – players, sponsors, tour and whoever – and not all break off in one direction. We are team players.”
I’m sorry but if you’re waiting for sponsors to do the right thing you’ll be waiting a long time. They only care about money. Here’s some more of that tragic disappointment.
Olympic champion Elena Dementieva was Peer’s opponent in Auckland when a group of about 20 peace activists staged a protest outside the venue.
“I feel very sorry for her,” said the Russian.
“I played her in Auckland and there was some kind of demonstration during the match.
“I just feel sad for her. She really cares about what’s going on between Israel and Palestine and it’s just a very tough situation.”
Speaking in Dubai, former world number one Ana Ivanovic of Serbia said: “It’s very unfortunate, I feel very sorry for her.
“Shahar is a friend of mine and I feel sorry she’s not here. It’s always a pity to mix politics and sport. But the WTA is looking into it.”
The WTA. Yes. I’m not going to hold my breath seeing as this very same thing happened last year and they did nothing.