America’s Andy Roddick says he won’t defend his title at the Dubai ATP tournament next week in protest at the UAE’s refusal to grant a visa to Israel’s Shahar Peer at the WTA event at the same venue.
“I really didn’t agree with what went on over there,” Roddick told Saturday’s Los Angeles Times.
“I don’t know if it’s the best thing to mix politics and sports, and that was probably a big part of it.”
“I love the tournament in Dubai. The actual event that’s put on, they do a great job with this. I know a lot of this was out of their hands, but it is what it is. You have a week off as opposed to travelling there,” Roddick said.