View Full Version : WTA board upholds penalties against Dubai tourney

May 15th, 2009, 07:32 PM
MADRID (AP)—The WTA Tour Board rejected an appeal by organizers of the Dubai Tennis Championships of a record $300,000 fine and other penalties stemming from the United Arab Emirates’ decision to deny a visa to Israeli player Shahar Peer.

The UAE turned down Peer’s visa request a day before she was to arrive for the $2 million tournament in February.

On Feb. 20, the tour levied the fine—more than twice as much as the previous highest imposed by the WTA—and put in place conditions for the tournament to stay on the schedule for 2010. They included confirming that qualifying Israeli players will get visas at least eight weeks in advance.

Top-ranked Dinara Safina agreed it was unfortunate that Peer wasn’t allowed to compete.

“About the punishment, I’m not the one to judge what’s right or wrong,” the Russian said from the Madrid Open on Friday. “I just say that it’s a shame that Shahar could not compete in the tournament because she has nothing to do with the politics—she’s a tennis player.”

The organizers’ appeal was heard by the tour board at its meetings this week during the Madrid Open.


May 15th, 2009, 07:42 PM
Good for them. Although I doubt that amount of money is a hugh deal to Dubai organizers, maybe the shame of international sanction will keep them honest next year.

May 15th, 2009, 08:10 PM
Interesting that they made the promises, broke them, got sanctioned, then tried to have the sanctions removed.

Shows they don't care about what they did- just wanted to get away with it.

May 15th, 2009, 08:19 PM
Kind of predicted, but great news nonetheless. Dubai also must give two months notice in future years if they intend to deny a visa, so they can't get away with any last minute tricks next time.

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