Dubai Tennis Championship Fined $300,000
Earlier this week Israeli tennis player Shahar Peer was denied entry into the Dubai Tennis Championship due to problems with her Visa. On Friday the governing body of women's tennis (WTA) fined the Dubai Championship a record $300,000. A total of $44,250 will go to Peer which was the average prize money she earned per tournament in 2008.
“The actions taken today are intended to redress the wrongs suffered by Shahar Peer, who was victimised by an unjust policy of discrimination by the UAE,” said WTA chief Larry Scott.
“These actions are also intended to send a clear message that our Tour will not tolerate discrimination of any kind and that we will never allow this situation to happen again in the UAE or elsewhere,” he added in a statement.
She was contending for a place in the $2 million tournament but the United Arab Emirates denied her entry into the country.