While we are still waiting to hear if Rafa is going to play in Dubai, the story hits that Andy Ram has been given a visa so that he can take part in the doubles. Guess they didn’t like all the press from the Shahar Peer denial. Too bad her tournament is ruined. Bonnie Ford has an excellent Op-Ed about the whole situation on the ESPN site that contains a quote from former player Pam Shriver that, perhaps, sums things up the best.
“The tournament should automatically lose the right to exist,” Shriver said. “I know that carries unbelievable financial and political ramifications, and sometimes you have to be willing to live in a two-faced environment. But if this tournament is going to send out invitations and only ask who they want, if that’s the way they want it to be, then they’re an exhibition.”
(Articles found via Forty Deuce.)