The WTA fined Dubai Tennis Championships organizers a record $300,000 Friday after Israeli player Shahar Peer was denied a visa by the United Arab Emirates
The fine, “for breach of Tour Rules, By-Laws and conditions of membership,” is the largest ever levied by the tour against a member tournament, the WTA said.
The proceeds of the fine will be used to compensate Peer and her doubles partner Anna-Lena Groenefeld for loss of potential prize money.
Peer will receive 44,250 dollars, an amount equal to the average prize money that she earned per tournament in 2008, adjusted to take into account increased prize money on offer in 2009, also was given 130 ranking points, an amount equal to the points that she earned in the same week in 2008, when she played in Memphis.
Groenefeld will receive 7,950 dollars, an amount equal to the average prize money that she earned per tournament in doubles in 2008, also adjusted for 2009 prize money increases.
The balance of the 300,000 will be donated “to a charity or charities, to be determined by the tour in consultation with Ms. Peer.”
Proof of entry permission for any Israeli player who qualifies must be provided at least eight weeks before the 2010 event begins, and if Peer fails to qualify next year she must be offered a wildcard.