Tennis

Swine flu threatens Israelis' appearance in Australia Open

By Simon Griver, December 10, 2009

Two of Israel’s top male stars could miss the Australian Open because of swine flu.

Harel Levy and Dudi Sela were put in quarantine in an Austrian hospital after being diagnosed with the virus. Consequently, they were forced to withdraw from the Salzburg Challenger tournament.

The illness was a major blow to Levy who has climbed steadily up the ATP rankings from 220 in the summer to 119. He was looking finish the year in the top 110, thus guaranteeing qualification for the main draw of next month’s grand slam.

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Andy Ram fails at World Tour Finals

By Danny Caro, November 30, 2009

Andy Ram fell at the final hurdle as his bid to win the men’s doubles title at the ATP World Tour Series was crushed by American brothers Bob and Mike Bryan.

Together with Max Mirnyi, the Israeli was unable to repeat his round robin victory over the siblings, going down in straight sets, 7-6 (7-5) 6-3 at the 02 Arena in London.

Serve dominated the opening set. The all-important breakthrough came on the first set point when a fizzing backhand split the Belarusian-Israeli pairing and prompted the trademark Bryan brothers chest-bump.

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Andy Ram's World Tour Finals hopes fade

By Danny Caro, November 25, 2009

Andy Ram and Max Mirnyi’s hopes of winning the Barclays ATP World Tour Finals doubles suffered a blow when they were beaten by Lukasz Kubot and Oliver Marach.

Having beaten Bob and Mike Bryan in their opening group match on Monday, Ram and Mirnyi knew that victory would book a place in the last four.

But they failed to capitalise on three match points against their Group B rivals. The Israel-Belarus duo won the first set 6-4 at the 02 Arena in London. Kubot and Marach levelled the tie after taking the second 6-4 before winning an epic deciding set 16-14.

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Andy Ram makes winning start at ATP finals

November 23, 2009

Andy Ram and Max Mirnyi made a flying start at the Barclays ATP World Tour finals at the 02 Arena in London.

The Israel-Belarus team beat brothers, Bob and Mike Bryan of America 6-4, 6-4.

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Andy Ram confident on ATP World Tour

By Simon Griver, November 19, 2009

Andy Ram is confident of winning the Barclays ATP World Tour Finals doubles title, when he teams up with Max Mirnyi at the O2 Arena on Monday.

In a competition been switched to London for the first time from Shanghai, Ram will line up as part of the world’s top eight pairings.

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Shahar Peer will be seeded for Australian Open

By Simon Griver, November 12, 2009

A strong finish to the season has seen Shahar Peer climb to 31st in the WTA rankings, a position that ensures she will be seeded for the Australian Open.

Peer, 22, began the year ranked 38 but slumped to 70 in the spring before enjoying an excellent second half of the year, winning tournaments in China and Uzbekistan.

Last week she reached the last eight of the Tournament of Champions in Indonesia.

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Rob Levy and Simon Sugar win Maccabi tennis title

By Danny Caro, November 9, 2009

Rob Levy and his partner Simon Sugar, the son of Lord Sugar, won the open doubles title at the Maccabi GB National Tennis tournament at David Lloyd in Chigwell.

The first final of the this year’s Maccabi competition saw Levy and Sugar overcome Daniel Cordell and Rob Taub.

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Israeli tennis on the up

By James Martin, November 6, 2009

Dr Ian Froman, the chairman of Israeli tennis, described 2009 as being a “brilliant year” for his country on the court, despite a tumultuous nine months off it.

Dr Froman said the country’s success in reaching the Davis Cup semi-finals for the first time, as well as the emergence of Dudi Sela as a top-tier player and Andy Ram and Shahar Peer’s continued progress, means Israeli tennis can “more than hold its own”.

He said: “We don’t have the numbers of a France or Spain population wise, but for a country of our size, we competed well.”

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Handy Andy is back on top

November 5, 2009

Andy Lee reclaimed the Robert Whiteson Memorial tournament singles title after a gap of 12 years. In a repeat of last year’s final, Lee defeated David Binder in straight sets, 6-2, 6-4. Maccabiah star Lee, 29, grew up in Manchester and won the title as a teenager three years in a row from 1995 to 1997.

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Shahar Peer to face Bartoli in Bali

By Chris Burton, November 3, 2009

Shahar Peer will face Marion Bartoli, the world number 12, at the Tournament of Champions in Bali, Indonesia. The Israeli tennis star holds a 6-1 winning record against Bartoli, from France, with her last victory at Indian Wells in March.

"I have big chances. All of us have big chances here," said Peer, who was granted a visa into the tournament despite strong opposition from the Indonesian government.

She has been drawn into Group A, and will also play against Magdalena Rybarikova, the world number 46.

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