Peer progresses amid further protests

By Simon Griver, January 6, 2010

Shahar Peer (30) reached the quarter-finals of the ASB Classic in Auckland with a 6-0, 6-1 victory over Slovakia's Magdalena Rybarikova (44).

Amid highly embarrassing scenes for the tournament organisers, the match was marred by loud protests from pro-Palestinian demonstrators outside the Auckland Tennis Centre.

One man was arrested for breaching the peace as he continually banged a drum, while play was stopped for 20 minutes at the end of the first set and only continued after the 22-year-old Israeli persuaded officials not to postpone the match.


Bomb scare halts Shahar Peer

By Danny Caro, January 5, 2010

The Auckland Classic women’s WTA event was halted when police were forced to evacuate the stadium after a bomb scare amid anti-Israel demonstations.

Play on Tuesday was halted after the alarm as a small group picketed the event.

Protesters denied any link to the scare and police said they had found the owner of an unattended bag that sparked the evacuation, and that normal procedure had been followed.

Play recommenced 20 minutes later after the all-clear was given. The scare delayed the appearance of Israel's Shahar Peer, who went on to beat Slovenian Polona Hercog.


I'm here to win says Peer

December 23, 2009

This week’s Israeli Tennis Championships sees the country’s top players competing in Ra’anana, including Shahar Peer and Dudi Sela, who are expected to win the women’s and men’s titles respectively

Peer, who finishes this year at No. 30 in the world rankings, comfortably defeated 16-year-old Liat Zimmerman 6-4, 6-1 in Monday’s first-round. After the match, she said: “This is what I had hoped for in my first match since the offseason started. I enjoyed myself and I’m here to win the tournament.”


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.