Israel tennis looks for a new leader

By Simon Griver, July 22, 2010

The Israel Tennis Centre (ITC) is looking for a new CEO after Janine Strauss stepped down.

Dani Gali, who is head of the tournaments department, has been appointed temporary CEO until a permanent appointment is made. One of Gali's first actions was to meet Dudi Sela, Harel Levy and Andy Ram to repair the rift between the players and the ITC.

Sela, who has been highly critical of ITC's programmes, said after the meeting that he felt that the players' views "are finally being heard".


Massu hopes for Davis Cup

July 8, 2010

Nicolas Massu believes that the absence of Wimbledon runner-up Tomas Berdych has given Chile a fighting chance going into Davis Cup quarter-final assault against the Czech Republic, starting today.

Massu, 30, considers Chile the underdogs even though they have home advantage at the Enjoy Tennis Centre in Coquimbo. But their hopes received a timely boost when Czech No. 1 Berdych ruled himself out of the tie because of abdominal muscle injury.


Rack appointed GB tennis chairman for EMG

By Danny Caro, July 6, 2010

Maccabi GB have announced their plans for tennis at next summer’s 13th European Maccabi Games in Vienna.

Greg Rack has been appointed Chairman. He will be assisted by Jan Feldman.

Rack has been involved with MGB for a number of years and last summer he Chaired the largest ever Maccabi GB tennis squad to travel to Israel for the Maccabiah Games.

Although the squad did not experience much success Rack believes that better times lie ahead with a number of promising junior and senior players coming through the ranks.


Three Lions don't deserve lynch mob

By Martin Samuel, July 1, 2010

So what were they meant to do, then?

I know there are a lot of angry people out there. I know there are people who spent a lot of money, who saved and sacrificed to get to South Africa and follow England through this World Cup. But, for most, watching England involved no greater commitment than a walk down the pub, or two steps across the front room to turn the television on.


Wimbledon interview: Ester Goldfeld

By Danny Caro, July 1, 2010

Celebrating her 17th birthday on American Independence Day, there was always going to be something special about wonder kid Ester Goldfeld.

The American this week reached the round of 32 at Wimbledon on her debut in the girls junior competition. Goldfeld accounted for Brit Katy Dunne 6-4, 6-2 in the first round but went down 6-4, 6-4 to Clothilde di Bernarde of France, despite gaining a better first serve percentage and serving more aces than her opponent in a match that last just over an hour.


Israel Tennis hits back at player critics

By Simon Griver and Danny Caro, July 1, 2010

As the last Israeli tumbled out at Wimbledon, a senior official at the Israel Tennis Centre has hit back at the claims of Dudi Sela who blasted the state of the Israeli game and the way it is run.

Sela crashed out in the opening round of the men's singles while Shahar Peer was eliminated in round two of the ladies competition. Andy Ram was the only Israeli involved in week two at the All England Tennis Club but he was eliminated from the men's doubles and mixed doubles on Monday.


Israelis ousted at Wimbledon

By Danny Caro, June 29, 2010

Israeli involvement at Wimbledon ended on Monday when Andy Ram was eliminated from the men’s doubles and mixed doubles.

Seeded eight with Austrian partner Julian Knowle, Ram was beaten in round three of the men’s doubles by 11th seeds Marcel Granollers and Tommy Robredo of Spain. They went down 6-2, 7-6 (7-2), 1-6, 7-6 (7-5)

A few hours later, Ram and his Russian partner Elena Vesnina were beaten in straight sets by Kim Clijsters and Xavier Malisse 6-3, 6-2.


Wimbledon doubles delight for Ram and Levine

By Danny Caro at Wimbledon, June 25, 2010

Andy Ram and Julian Knowle, the 8th seeds, beat America’s Eric Butorac and Rajeev Ram 6-7, (3-7), 6-4, 6-4, 6-2.

Ram and Knowle take on Spain’s Marc Lopez and David Marrero on Court 19 at 1pm today.

Jesse Levine and compatriot Ryan Sweeting overcame Stephane Robert and Rogier Wassen 2-6, 6-2, 6-2, 6-2.

Levine and Sweeting take on Robert Lindstedt and Horia Tecau on Court 8 at noon on Friday.

Dudi Sela and Michal Przysiezny are on court next. They take on John Isner and Sam Querrey.


Massu cross over Wimbledon defeat

June 24, 2010

Nicolas Massu was in dismissive mood following his first-round defeat at the hands of qualifier Ilija Bozoljac.

"I don't expect much when I play on grass," said the Chilean after the four-set defeat. "I think this is a different sport. I try to fight and try to do my best, but if there is someone that plays better on this surface, it's difficult to beat him. I have my chances today, but I didn't make it."


Dudi Sela slams Israeli tennis

June 24, 2010

Dudi Sela has predicted a bleak future for Israeli tennis following his first-round exit against 13th seed Mikhail Youzhny from Russia.

Clearly aggrieved following a recent falling out with the authorities back home, Sela (65) and Shahar Peer are Israel's only singles players in the top 100 of the men's and ladies world rankings.