Your email is not valid
Recipient's email is not valid
Submit Close

Your email has been sent.

Click here to send another

thescroll_header

Israeli Tennis Star Ready for Flushing Meadows

Became cause célèbre after ban from Dubai tournament earlier this year

Print Email
Pe’er at a California tournamet in March.(Robert Laberge/Getty Images)

Israeli tennis star Shahar Pe’er is makes her opening appearance at this year’s U.S. Open tomorrow, facing off against Hungarian player Agnes Szavay. Pe’er told Tablet Magazine in an email that she’s hoping to regain her footing after a season interrupted by political distractions.

Earlier this year, Pe’er found herself turned into a cause célèbre when she was denied a visa to play at a Barclays-sponsored tournament in Dubai just a couple of weeks after a cease-fire was declared in Gaza, allegedly over concerns for Pe’er’s own security. Venus Williams, who won the women’s side, publicly—though gently—criticized the tournament organizers for allowing Pe’er to be excluded, earning herself plaudits from the Anti-Defamation League, and American star Andy Roddick declined to defend his 2008 men’s title. “The Dubai issue was an important point in my life and career,” wrote Pe’er, who arrived in New York last week after being knocked out of the Rogers Cup in Toronto. “This incident has hurt me both personally and professionally—I was in a good run before Dubai and I was really looking forward to that tournament.” She said she wants to make sure that no other athlete from any other country ever has to face similar exclusion, but her more immediate concern is working her way back up from her current 63rd rank. “In past years—not last year—I did very well here, so good memories are something I love coming back to,” Pe’er said.

Meantime, she’s working overtime, appearing in an American Express-sponsored “rally experience” video game that fans can play on their cellphones. And she’s counting on the New York fans. “I always get a lot of support here from the crowd,” she said, “which I really love.”

Shahar Peer [U.S. Open Official Web Site]

Print Email

Excellent article. Thanks regarding sharing these details. It’s actually of great easily me. From ones article, I know even more in it respect. I could continue making time for your post.

Pretty nice post. I just stumbled upon your blog and wanted to say that I’ve truly enjoyed browsing your blog posts.,One more thing,plz visit my websites:International observation

I’m just commenting to let you be aware of of the notable experience my friend’s princess obtained using your web page. She discovered some issues, which included what it is like to possess an awesome giving spirit to get other folks just have an understanding of chosen multifaceted issues. You truly surpassed people’s expectations. Thanks for churning out the important, dependable, informative and in addition fun tips on your topic to Julie.

2000

Your comment may be no longer than 2,000 characters, approximately 400 words. HTML tags are not permitted, nor are more than two URLs per comment. We reserve the right to delete inappropriate comments.

Thank You!

Thank you for subscribing to the Tablet Magazine Daily Digest.
Please tell us about you.

Israeli Tennis Star Ready for Flushing Meadows

Became cause célèbre after ban from Dubai tournament earlier this year

More on Tablet:

The Most Important Thing Netanyahu Did in New York Wasn’t at the U.N.

By Yair Rosenberg — It was meeting Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi