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Israeli tennis star to play in Dubai

Shahar Peer will attend Dubai Tennis Championships, a year after she was denied an entry visa to the UAE.

February 14, 2010 12:00 by

Israeli tennis star Shahar Peer will play in the Dubai Tennis Championships this year, following controversy in 2009 when she was denied an entry visa by the UAE authorities.

The UAE assured the WTA in writing last month that it would allow Peer to play, according to a report by the Press Association.

Last year, Peer was denied a visa, apparently because of anti-Israel sentiments in the Gulf state after three weeks of hostilities in Gaza. The WTA fined tournament organizers $300,000.

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