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“I knew that the day Rafa wasn’t in the final I would be there and I would win,” said world number two Federer.
Here is a touching moment from Roger Federer that quite frankly surprises me. So many sports figures are afraid to show their vulnerability. Roger is no different. Usually. But here he admits that if he just kept trying one of these days Nadal wouldn’t make the final and then it would be his. He admits he couldn’t win against Nadal. It’s a great moment of triumph and determination.
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.
The United Arab Emirates has refused to grant a visa to a female Israeli tennis player, preventing her from competing in the Sony Ericsson World Tennis Association Tour in Dubai, the WTA said in a statement Sunday.
Shahar Peer would have been the first Israeli athlete to participate in a professional sporting event in the UAE, CNN Sports Correspondent Pedro Pinto said.
The governing body of women’s tennis said it was “deeply disappointed” that Peer was being denied entry to the country hosting the tournament, but it did not cancel the competition.
The move runs counter to WTA policy, which says no player should be barred from competing in a tournament for which she has qualified.
Dubai could lose its WTA membership next year over the ban on Shahar, according to the governing body’s rules.
That would mean professional players could compete only in exhibition matches, the results of which would not count in pro rankings.
Dubai is a pretty big tournament. I’d like to see UAE lose their standing over this. And how about having some athletes show their support their fellow players? Roger? Rafa? It seems to me if one of those guys chose to pull out of the tournament over this, it would actually have demonstrable affect. I might also add, that Peer is a high-calibre player that deserves better than this.
Update: Here’s some more information from CNN.
Scott, meanwhile, confirmed: “Following various consultations, the Tour has decided to allow the tournament to continue to be played this week, pending further review by the Tour’s Board of Directors.
“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, and the Tour is reviewing appropriate remedies for Ms. Peer.”
Scott said Peer’s visa refusal has precedence: Last year an Israeli men’s doubles team was denied entry to Dubai. He said the Emirate cited security reasons following recent unrest in the region.
“At that time I was in Dubai. I made it clear to the authorities, the representatives of the government, that next year when our top players wanted to play this very prestigious tournament all of them had to be allowed to play,” Scott said.
“They had a year to work on it and solve it. We’ve spent time through the year discussing it. We were given assurances that it had gone to the highest levels of government,” Scott said.
“I was optimistic they would solve it. And we’ve made crystal clear to the government, to the tournament organizers that there could be grave repercussions not just for tennis in the UAE but sports beyond that.”
Looks like UAE called the WTA’s bluff. Now it remains to be seen whether the tour will actually stand by their words.
Is it just me or is Spanish television a little insensitive?
What is it with this guy and the Australian Open. Must be his tournament.
Jo-Wilfried Tsonga is through to the third round of the Australian Open after prevailing in a big-hitting battle with Ivan Ljubicic.
The first three sets of the match all went to tie-breaks as both players looked dominant behind their serves.
The first two were split before Tsonga crucially won the third set despite facing three set points. The big-hitting match took its toll on the Croatian in the fourth as he lost his serve twice to fall to a 6-7 (4-7) 7-6 (10-8) 7-6 (9-7) 6-2 defeat.
“I played really well out there. I was proud of myself because I was very courageous today,” the Frenchman said.