GB athletes boosted by major deal

December 10, 2008

Maccabi GB has continued its preparations for next summer’s 18th Maccabiah Games by announcing a new and unprecedented partnership deal with Village Hotels worth in the region of a quarter of a million pounds.

The agreement will see Village Hotels offering complimentary membership of their state-of-the-art fitness clubs to each member of Team GB taking part in the Maccabiah Games in Israel in July 2009.


Net loss

By Simon Griver, November 6, 2008

Jonathan Erlich and Andy Ram have withdrawn from next week's Shanghai Masters tournament for the world's top eight men's doubles.

Erlich has not recovered from an elbow injury that has sidelined him since September and there are reports that he will fly to the US to see a leading specialist and possibly undergo surgery in the coming weeks.

"This is very frustrating," said Erlich. "I told Andy how sorry I am. I thought the pain in my elbow would keep me out for a week or two but it is now looking like something more serious."


Ram nets 14th title

By Simon Griver, October 17, 2008

Israel's Andy Ram teamed up with Max Mirnyi of Belarus to win the men's doubles at the Bank of Austria Trophy tournament in Vienna.

The victory was Ram's 14th in doubles competition, though the straight-sets win over Philipp Petzschner and Alexander Peyer was the first time he has played without Jonathan Erlich in a tournament since winning the Indianapolis title with Croatia's Mario Ancic in 2003.


Cool Dudi makes his point with stunning display

By Simon Griver, October 2, 2008

Overlooked for selection in Beijing, Dudi Sela reached the final of the China Open before succumbing to former world No. 1 Andy Roddick.

Sela had controversially been denied the chance to compete in the Beijing Olympics by the Israel Olympic Committee because he was not ranked in the top 50. Last week, when he finally made it to Beijing, he emphatically showed them the error of their decision with the best tennis of his career.


Sela ready for big tie

By Simon Griver, September 19, 2008

Israel start as strong favourites to remain in the Davis Cup World Group when they host Peru at Ramat Hasharon starting today.

The Israelis, back in the elite 16 nation World Group for the first time in 15 years, take on the Peruvians in a relegation/promotion playoff after narrowly losing to Sweden in February.


Peer slammed out as coach departs

By Simon Griver, August 28, 2008

Struggling Shahar Peer has sacked her second coach in little over two months after being eliminated at the first round stage at Flushing Meadows.

After winning the first set, Israel's No. 1 lady was stunned into submission, losing 6-2, 0-6, 1-6 against Li Na of China.


Ram and Erlich lead Olympic gold rush

By Simon Griver, August 8, 2008

Tennis doubles specialists Andy Ram and Jonathan Erlich are the best gold medal prospects among Israel's record 43-strong squad at the Beijing Olympics.

Ram and Erlich travel to China in top form after reaching the finals of the Cincinnati Masters on Sunday, where they lost in a deciding tie-break to the Bryan brothers.


Spurned Sela threatens cup boycott

August 8, 2008

Tennis Dudi Sela, Israel's leading player, looks set to boycott his country's upcoming Davis Cup tie against Peru after his ongoing row with the national tennis federation reached boiling point.

As the JC has reported, Sela slammed Israel's Olympic Committee and the Israel Tennis Association for not selecting him for the Beijing games.

Now he is threatening to quit the national team.


No Israeli record as Peer thrashed in round four

By Craig Silver, July 4, 2008

Shahar Peer was battered into submission by world No. 5 Elena Dementieva in the fourth round, and denied the opportunity of being the first-ever Israeli to reach the quarter finals.

Peer found it difficult to cope with the superb ground strokes and vicious backhands which saw Dementieva cruise to victory, winning 6-2, 6-1 in one hour and 15 minutes.

Peer, 26 in the world rankings, hit just 11 unforced errors during the match, but the Russian’s 24 winners gave Israel’s No. 1 player no chance.


How to win a grand slam, by a kosher hero

By Danny Caro, July 4, 2008

It is almost 57 years to the day that Dick Savitt won Wimbledon. In doing so he remains the only Jewish player to have won the men’s singles title.

Since then, Israeli Andy Ram has won the mixed doubles while Jesse Levine won the junior doubles crown in 2005. But Savitt is in a league of his own and, considered by experts to be the greatest baseline player of his generation, he reached the heights without having a single tennis lesson in his 12-year career.