Indian Tennis Star Refuses to Play with Israeli

Indian female tennis player Sania Mirza, 19, ranked 39th in the world, announced she would not play with Israeli Shahar Pe’er in the doubles tournament of the Bangalore Open for fear of violent protests by India’s Islamic community.

The two friends were prevented from cooperating in last month’s Australian Open for the same reason.

Mirza told Pe’er, “It’s best that we don’t play together this time to prevent protests against my cooperation with an Israeli. There is no reason to arouse their (Muslims) ire.”

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