Israel tennis tournament cancelled
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The Negev Israel Open has been cancelled due to security concerns arising from the conflict in the region.
The competition in Tel Aviv, scheduled to take place between September 15-21, had been set to become the first ATP World Tour event in Israel since 1996.
ATP chairman Chris Kermode said: “We’re sad we cannot proceed, but ensuring the security of our players, fans and all those involved in organising a world-class event, is our number one priority.
“We hope to be back in Tel Aviv next year. In the meantime, and much more importantly, we hope for a swift return to peace in the region.
Israel Tennis Association chairman Asaf Tochmeir said: "We regret the decision as we have done everything to ensure a successful event takes place in Israel.
"We have raised sufficient funding and have taken care of all organisational requirements.
"On this occasion, I would like to express our most heartfelt concern for the soldiers as well as our condolences for the civilian casualties. We hope to see a swift resolution to the current situation."
Meanwhile, Israel is also coming under pressure to name a neutral venue for next month's Davis Cup World Group play off against Argentina.