The Anti-Defamation League honored Venus for her "principled stand after an Israeli player was excluded from participating in a Dubai tennis tournament earlier this year."
That's nice and all, and yes, Venus was cool to mention Shahar in her speech. The speech that she gave AFTER SHE PLAYED IN THE TOURNAMENT AND WON.
"I feel like I did the minimum, just to speak and to say something," Ms. Williams said. "It shows that whatever little things you can do to make a difference really will help. I want to thank Shahar for her courage, and I share this award with her."
Ms. Williams said that every player deserves an opportunity to compete, and that while she was disappointed in Dubai's decision to exclude Pe'er, she doesn't think it will happen again.
"If it does, I wouldn't be happy with any player playing the event. We don't want to be a part of something that's not equal."
Yup, she did do the minimum. And why it was ok to play the tournament this year, but not if they ever do the exact same thing again, is a pure logic fail. In case the ADL didn't know, Andy Roddick actually refused to play the tournament completely, specifically citing his opposition to Dubai's shit visa policy. Oh, and unlike Shahar, Andy Ram was subsequently granted a visa to play.
There are so many factors that go into why that happened and cause and effect can't be directly proven. But it just seems a bit odd to recognize Venus and not Andy. He deserves a tip of the gross and disgustingly sweaty cap, too.