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Feb 21st, 2009, 09:20 AM
andy did what not even one femail player did.
Roddick advances in Memphis, pulls out of Dubai
By TERESA M. WALKER 3 hours ago

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) Andy Roddick won't defend his title in Dubai next week because he doesn't agree with the United Arab Emirates' decision to deny Israeli Shahar Peer a visa to play in a women's tournament.

"There were a lot of factors why I should probably go, and obviously having played well there doesn't make it any easier," Roddick said after beating fellow American Sam Querrey 6-4, 3-6, 6-3 on Friday to reach the semifinals of the Regions Morgan Keegan Championships.

The mixing of politics and sports was a big part of Roddick's decision to pull out of Dubai where he won his second of three titles in 2008. Roddick said he has enjoyed himself when visiting the UAE but was disappointed to see the government make a decision that reflects poorly on a great tournament