Tennis

Tennis star Obziler retires

August 20, 2009

Tzipi Obziler has left the door open to represent Israel at future Federation Cup matches after announcing her retirement.

After bringing to an end a remarkable career which began some 21 years ago, Obziler, 36, said: “If captain Lior Mor decides he wants me on the team and I see that I’m physically capable of playing, then of course I wouldn’t refuse.”

Andy Ram and Max Mirnyi were beaten by Mahesh Bhupathi and Mark Knowles in the final Rogers Cup in Montreal. The Israeli/Belarusian duo had beaten top seeds Bob and Mike Bryan in the semis.

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Hurray for Harel

By Simon Griver, July 30, 2009

Having led Israel to its first-ever Davis Cup semi-finals earlier this month, Harel Levy has maintained the momentum by winning the Lexington Challenger tournament in Kentucky.

Levy, 31, overcame American qualifier Alex Kuznetsov in the final to win his first title since the Manchester Challenger in 2007.

Levy’s Lexington triumph, together with the Davis Cup victories over Igor Andreev (24) and Igor Andreev (24), have seen him soar from 210 in the ATP rankings to 150, as he recaptures the form, which took him to 30th place in 2001, before he was sidelined by a serious hip injury.

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Davis Cup heroes make history

By Simon Griver, July 16, 2009

Israel reached the Davis Cup semi-finals for the first time with a stunning 4-1 victory over Russia in Tel Aviv at the weekend.

The 10,800 capacity crowd at the Nokia Arena went wild as Israel raced into a decisive 3-0 lead over the first two days of the tie.

Israel’s chances were improved by the fact that Russia — the Davis Cup champions in 2002 and 2006 — were without their two top-ranked players through injury. But no one expected 210th-ranked Harel Levy to sweep aside Igor Andreev (24) in four sets in the opening rubber.

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Israel makes Davis Cup history

By Danny Caro in Tel Aviv, July 13, 2009

History was made on Saturday afternoon as Israel reached the Davis Cup semi-finals for the first time after Andy Ram and Jonathan Erlich won a five-set thriller in the doubles to cement victory over Russia at the Nokia Arena.

With Harel Levy and Dudi Sela having won their respective singles' rubbers on Friday, it was left to Ram and Erlich, playing together for the first time in months, to seal a victory to give Israel an unassailable 3-0 lead.

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Israel all set for big cup test

By Simon Griver, July 9, 2009

TENNIS - Boosted by his Wimbledon performance and a record ranking of 33, Dudi Sela leads the charge as Israel hosts Russia in the Davis Cup quarter-final in Tel Aviv.

Having reached the last 16 at the Grand Slam, Sela said: “It’s very big for Israeli tennis and I’m very excited to play.

“Israel will have 10,000 people screaming every point, and although Russia are favourites, I believe in the Israel team. It’s very important to be united and I think we have a chance.”

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Immanuel boys head of the class

By Danny Caro, July 7, 2009

Immanuel College dominated the Maccabi GB Interschool tennis tournament. The Year 8 Maccabi final was contested between two pairings from Immanuel with Oliver Donne and Sam Lipton facing Jack Reece and Josh Foley-Comer. Playing a year above his age group, Jack and Josh took the title.

The Year 10 boys title was also bagged by Immanuel with Sam Rosenberg and Josh Nathan claiming victory against a strong pair from JFS.

Year 7: Jake Norton, Jake Green, Gavriel Nussbaum, Jacob Alberga

Year 8: Jack Reece, Joshua Foley-Comer, Oliver Donne, Samuel Lipton

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They’ll be serving up a treat

July 2, 2009

Team GB will be sending their largest ever tennis squad to the Games. A group of 45 junior, open and masters players will travel with Tennis chairman Greg Rack claiming that there would be “significantly more were it not for injuries and the credit crunch”.

The junior tennis squad features 12 players, including Mancunians Alex Koslover, Hannah Solomon and Georgia Kirsch. Managed By Michelle Wayne, a professional coach who won bronze at the Games in the 1970s, the group hopes to follow in Wayne’s footsteps. She won the mixed doubles competition in the Chandos tournament last month.

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Happy returns

By Danny Caro, July 2, 2009

Dudi Sela will climb into the world’s top 30 for the first time after making the last 16 at Wimbledon.

The unseeded Israeli’s fairytale run ended in the fourth round with a straight-sets defeat against fourth seed Novak Djokovic on Court 3 on Monday.

Having beaten two seeded players along the way, including Spain’s Tommy Robredo (15), the brave Sela, 24, was not outplayed by the Serb with the pair producing some entertaining rallies to keep a boisterous crowd on the edge of their seats.

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Game over for Israelis

By Danny Caro, July 1, 2009

Israeli involvement ended at Wimbledon on Tuesday after Andy Ram was eliminated in the third round of the men’s doubles.

Together with Max Mirnyi, the fourth seeds were beaten in a five-set thriller by unseeded pair Simon Aspelin and Paul Hanley in a match held over from Monday.

The singles competition featured a personal best for Dudi Sela, 24. He expects to climb up the world rankings to 35 after reaching the last 16.

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Heroic Sela bows out against fourth seed

By Danny Caro, June 29, 2009

Dudi Sela's Wimbledon fairytale ended with a straight sets fourth round defeat against fourth seed Novak Djokovic on Court 3 on Monday afternoon.

Having beaten two seeds en route to the last 16, the brave Israeli was not outplayed by the Serb with the pair producing some entertaining rallies to keep a boisterous crowd on the edge of their seats.

In the end, Djokovic's booming serve, unerring consistency and accuracy proved decisive against a hard-working Sela.

Defeat saw Sela, 24, improve on last year's first round exit at his first Wimbledon.

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