Tennis: Pe'er granted visa to play in Bali

Tennis Peer granted vi

October 28, 2009 05:35

Shahar Pe'er was granted a visa for Indonesia on Tuesday, ensuring she will be able to play in next week's season-ending tournament in Bali even though there are no official diplomatic ties between Israel and the Southeast Asian state. Pe'er made international headlines in February after being denied a visa to Dubai, forcing her to miss out on the lucrative tournament. The organizers were handed a record $300,000 by the WTA. WTA rules state that no host country can deny a player the right to compete at any event on the tour for which she has qualified by ranking. "I'm happy this issue has been settled and that I can play in Bali," Pe'er said. "I'm looking forward to this event and I'm especially pleased with the fact that the Dubai scandal did not repeat itself." The 10 highest-ranked players who have captured at least one International tournament during the year and who are not participating in the Sony Ericsson Championships currently being played in Doha, qualified for this new event, along with two wildcards.

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