According to a BBC report, Venus Williams--whom many consider to be the unofficial spokeswoman for women's professional tennis--said today that a boycott of the Barclays Dubai International Tennis Championships was never an option for members of the Sony Ericsson WTA Tour.
"There are so many other people involved. Sponsors are important to us," said Williams. "We wouldn't be here without sponsors. We can't let sponsors down. Whatever we do, we need to do as a team--players, sponsors, tour, and whoever--and not all break off in one direction. We are team players."
Williams also spoke strongly about Peer's right--and any player's right--to play in a tournament anywhere in the world. She is going to Miami soon to attend a meeting that will address the Dubai issue.