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Israeli Team Fined for not Playing Davis Cup Match on Yom Kippur

By: JTA

The Israel Tennis Association has been fined more than $13,000 for refusing to play a Davis Cup match against Belgium on Yom Kippur this year in the world group playoffs, the highest level of Davis Cup play.

The Belgian Tennis Association turned down Israel’s request to postpone the game on Sept. 14. The International Tennis Federation, which sponsors the Davis Cup, intervened and changed the date of the match to Sept. 15, but it ordered the Israeli national team to pay the Belgian team for the inconvenience of adding a day to the tournament, Yediot Acharonot reported.

“The Israel Tennis Association is a non-profit organization, which designates all of its funds to promote tennis in Israel and develop Israeli tennis players. As a result, the high fine is a detrimental blow for the budget of the professional program for the Israeli tennis teams and to Israeli tennis in general,” Israel Tennis Association Chairman Asi Touchmair said in a statement on the association’s website.

“As an institution that represents the State of Israel and its values, we in the Israeli Tennis Association stand proud, before all those who refuse to recognize the importance of the Jewish tradition, on behalf of Israel and Jews world over,” the statement said.

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10 Responses to “Israeli Team Fined for not Playing Davis Cup Match on Yom Kippur”

  1. Alan Kardon says:

    Don't pay the fine. It is an insult. I am sure that they would feel the same on their holiest of days.

  2. David Bergart says:

    tell them that you will change the date and play on Dec 25, that's how insensitive they are.

  3. Stanley Roth says:

    Or better still Good Friday!

  4. Shelley Squires says:

    I hope some generous philanthropist will pick up the tab for the $13,000 inconvenience fee. I'm proud of the Israeli tennis team.

  5. Here it is 2013 and the ITF is still behaving as ignorant pompous fools. It is not the money, although that is significant, it is the principle of fining an association that represents Israeli tennis. Outrageous!

  6. Art Maeda says:

    The Davis Cup has no respect. Bad things are going to happen to Davis Cup. Davis Cup your a bunch of losers

  7. Art Maeda says:

    Get rid of Davis cup…. Who watches it anyways. Leave it for the Olympics. Davis Cup….. Boooooring

  8. Alberto Calo says:

    I STAND WITH YOU. AS USUAL THEY DON"T UNDERSTAND THAT THIS IS THE HOLIEST DAY IN THE JEWISH YEAR. SHAME ON THE INTERNATIONAL TENNIS FEDERATION.

  9. Yechiel Baum says:

    Belgium does realize it is a Jewish HOLY day but in keeping with their antiSemtic views and holocaust alies of anti-Jewish brutality, supporting the Gazans, I am proud that Israel showed respect for itself, its country and religion. It was probably done on purpose since they know the superiority of the Jews and this is the only way they can win.

  10. cosmodinowitz42 says:

    If it was any other country who requested that their holy day be changed the  ITF cowards would not have done anything except agree to the change and not penalize them any money. But, because it is Israel, the ITF naturally will take the COWARDS way out and side with the anti semitic countries in implementing this fine.

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