Gaza Affects Tennis.Affects Peer
Israeli Shahar Peer was given extra security for her second-round match in Auckland after a New Zealand protest group called for her to withdraw from the tournament because of her country's military action in the Gaza strip.
Peer asked not to be dragged into the politics of the conflict. "I have nothing to do with this,Ē said. ďIím Shahar Peer. I came here to play tennis. I know Iím from Israel and Iím proud of my country and that playing tennis is what Iím going to do tomorrow."
She said her brother had been called into the army because of the military operation. "Two days ago, I was crying a bit, actually more than a bit, so it was a hard time for me.
"I hope as soon as possible it will end and we will all be happy, because no one wants to be in a war.Ē