Tennis

Young guns given chance to shine as Israel win Davis Cup play-off

By Simon Griver, October 31, 2016

Israel avoided Davis Cup relegation after beating Sweden 3-1 in the Europe/Africa Group One play-off.

The result was never in doubt after Amir Weintraub (223) thrilled the 5,000 crowd at Ramat Hasharon with a very comfortable 6-2, 6-3, 6-0 victory over Elias Ymer (161).

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New kits ... wear them with pride

By Danny Caro, September 12, 2016

There is always a great buzz around any football changing room at the start of the season.

Maccabi football is no different, be it at junior, men’s or even Masters level. That feeling of putting on pristine new kits, hoping all your hard work during pre-season has paid dividends and everything fits perfectly.

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Oliel reaches semi-finals of Junior Doubles at US Open

September 9, 2016

Israeli wonder kid Yshai Oliel is just one match away from his second Junior grand slam final.

Oliel and Zizou Bergs of Belgium rallied from a set down to beat Chien-hsun Lo and Anthony Jackie Tang 6-7. 6-4. 10-5 at Flushing Meadows in the quarter-finals.

Their reward is a last-four game against Juan Carlos Manuel Aguilar and Felipe Meligeni Rodrigues Alves for a place in the final.

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Oliel moves into round three in Boy's Singles at US Open

By Simon Griver, September 7, 2016

Yshai Oliel surprised second seed Alex de Minaur on his way to the third round of the Boy’s Singles competition at the US Open.

The 16-year-old Israeli showed enormous character to battle back from a set down to win 4-6, 6-2, 7-6 in the second-round match against the Australian who lies 614 in the adult rankings.

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Sela loses five-set thriller at US Open

By Simon Griver, August 30, 2016

Dudi Sela tumbled out of the US Open after losing a five-set thriller against 18th seed Pablo Cuevas at Flushing Meadow.

There was an element of déjà vu as Sela came up against the Uruguyan for the second successive year in the opening round in New York.

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Sela sparkles in Olympic opener - Day One review from Rio 2016

By Danny Caro, August 7, 2016

Dudi Sela produced the one ray of light on a day of disappointment for Israel at the Rio Olympics.

Eliminated in the opening round at Wimbledon last month, tennis star Sela impressive in his first-ever Olympics - he is the first tennis player to represent Israel at the Olympics since 1992.

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I have nothing to prove at Olympics, says Sela

By Laura Stadler, August 2, 2016

Dudi Sela insists he has nothing to prove ahead of his first Olympic Games.

Sela, 31, missed the cut for the last two Olympics, including a well-publicised falling out with Israeli officials ahead of the London Games four years ago. But he is confident of impressing in Rio next month.

"I don’t really feel I have to prove myself any more in Brazil,” said Sela.

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This could be my last Wimbledon, says Erlich

By Laura Stadler, July 13, 2016

Jonathan Erlich has cast doubt over his future participation at Wimbledon after tumbling out in the first round of the Men’s Doubles.

The Israeli and Colin Fleming were left to reflect a missed opportunity after tumbling out in the first round of the Men’s Doubles.

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Blumberg ticked all the boxes but failed 'Jew test'

By Danny Caro, July 8, 2016

Many of you will be familiar with 'the Jew test’. It's really nothing too painful but it’s something that often rears its head around major sporting events. It kind of comes with the territory and is ultimately something JC journalists consider par for the course.

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Brand, 13, makes tennis history at NLCS

By Danny Caro, July 8, 2016

Isabelle Brand has become the youngest girl to win the Pamela Flower Cup.

Brand, 13, won a fiercely contested three-set match against Asha Bakhai at North London Collegiate School.

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