I kind of got blogged out with all the Dubai stuff but in my hiatus I missed one of the major stories: Andy Roddick's withdrawal from the men's tournament.
Roddick, who was the defending champion,withdrew in protest over the denial of Peer's visa.
I almost thought this was an Onion-esque joke when I first heard it. Because there doesn't seem to be a lot of cross-gender support in professional tennis--and there never has been: recall the Billie Jean King/ATP riff in the 70s.
If Andy Ram had been denied a visa, one could see perhaps see a little more of a direct connection to Roddick's actions.
I'll admit to not being a Roddick fan. I liked him when he first came on the tour and was coached by Tarik Benhabiles. I liked him when he dated Mandy Moore. But when he hooked up with Brad Gilbert and then Connors, I thought he started to become the stereotypical arrogant male athlete.
But you have to give him credit for this act. There seems to be nothing self-serving in it. He lost a lot of points in the rankings race because he didn't even attempt to defend his title. He likely got a fine for withdrawing from the tournament at the late date and without injury or illness.
And in the end he did more than any of the female players did the week before.