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Davis Cups Ousts Israel as Host because of War in Gaza

Thursday, August 7th, 2014

Israel will not host its Davis Cup playoff match against Argentina due to the conflict in Gaza, the International Tennis Federation announced Thursday.

It said it was moving the Sept. 12-14 match out of Tel Aviv and the playoff will not be held in any other Israeli city.

Over the next five days Israel, as the team with the home-court advantage, must choose among four venues for the new location: New York; Delray Beach, Fla.; Krakow, Poland; or Tallinn, Estonia.

The Argentine Tennis Association requested a change in location two weeks ago due the conflict between Israel and Hamas in Gaza.

“We are concerned. We have communicated with the ITF, which promises to make a decision about Davis Cup very soon,” the association’s president, Arturo Grimaldi, told reporters several days ago.

Israel is aiming to return to the World Group after a one-year absence following its 3-1 victory over Slovenia in the Europe/Africa Zone Group I, but Argentina has four players rated in the Top 100.

Argentina’s team is led by a Jewish captain, Martin Jaite, who is supporter of Argentine Jewish sports clubs.

The Israeli squad has an Argentine player, Buenos Aires native Jonathan Erlich, who made aliyah when he was 2. Erlich and Andy Ram have been the best doubles tandem in Israeli history.

Tunisian Tennis Star Pulls Out Of International Match with Israeli

Sunday, October 13th, 2013

An international tennis association is investigating a Tunisian tennis player for pulling out of a match instead of facing Israeli player Amir Weintraub in the quarterfinals of an Association of Tennis Professionals match in Tashkent.

Jaziri gave a knee injury as the official reason for pulling out, and the Tunisian Sports and Youth Ministry told AFP that it does not make such demands on its players .It is believed to be the first time that a player has refused to play against an Israeli in international tennis play.

The brother of Malek Jaziri, who pulled out on Friday, told the French news agency AFP that he acted under orders of the Tunisian Tennis Federation. An e-mail ordering Jaziri to pull out of the match was published by Tunisia’s state news agency.

The two players train at the Sarcelles Tennis club in France and have known each other for several years.

Weintraub lost Saturday in the tournament’s semi-final match to Russian player Teymuraz Gabashvili.

Love-Love: Israeli and NY Tennis Groups Team Up for Clinic

Monday, August 19th, 2013

The Israel Tennis Centers Foundation and the New York Junior Tennis League are teaming up for a special inner city tennis clinic on Wednesday, behind the Robert F. Wagner Middle School on East 75th Street.

The clinic will be conducted by Dvorah Marsha, an Ethiopian immigrant and coach at the Israel Tennis Centers in Tel Aviv and Ramat HaSharon, Israel.

Besides playing and coaching Israel’s national girls’ team, she is studying for a Master’s Degree in Child Development at Bar-Ilan University.

Israel also will be represented by Dudi Sela, currently Israel’s top ranked singles player who is nicknamed the “Hebrew Hammer.”

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

Monday, August 12th, 2013

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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