Tennis

Sela sets up Tsonga clash

May 25, 2015

Dudi Sela will meet Wilfred Tsonga in the second round of the French Open following an impressive victory over Mikhail Kukushkin.

The Israeli (89) reached the second time at Roland Garros for only the second time following his 7-6 (5), 6-3, 7-6 (4) victory over Kukushkin, who is ranked 32 places above him in the rankings.

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GB tennis stars looking for net gains

May 19, 2015

Victor Kevehazi is confident Team Maccabi GB can continue their rich tennis tradition at July's European Maccabi Games in Berlin.

A total of 41 athletes will represent the tennis squad, from Juniors through to Masters. They will be led by James Vaughan (Juniors), Nick Baum (Open) and Kenny Collins and Stephen Joseph (Masters), with Kevehazi overseeing them as Tennis Chair.

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Peer given new hope

By Simon Griver, May 1, 2015

Shahar Peer has appointed Eric Van Harpen as her new coach after winning the ITF Istanbul tournament – her first competition victory in two years.

She beat Czech Kristyna Pliskova (129) in a close fought final and rises to 119 in the WTA rankings, although the win is not enough to secure automatic qualification for the main draws at the French Open and Wimbledon.

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Basilashvili wins Israel Open

By Simon Griver, April 14, 2015

The £85,000 Electra Israel Open in Ra’anana, the most expensive tennis tournament held in Israel in more than 20 years, was won by Nikolov Basilashvili.

The unseeded Georgian beat second seed, Slovakia’s Lukas Lacko, 4-6, 6-4, 6-3 in the final.

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Turkish delight for Sela

By Simon Griver, April 13, 2015

Dudi Sela was rewarded for a series of excellent performances with victory at the Batman Challenger Tournament in Turkey.

His run culminated in a 6-7, 6-3, 6-3 victory over top seed Blaz Kavcic (77) in the final.

The win sees Sela climb 19 places to 93 in the ATP rankings and guarantee qualification for the main draw in next month's French Open, and almost certainly at Wimbledon too.

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Odesnik banned for 15 years

March 19, 2015

Wayne Odesnik has announced his retirement from the tennis circuit after receiving a 15-year doping ban.

The 29-year-old tested positive for several banned substances, both at the end of 2014 and the beginning of this year.

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Rain stopped play, apparently, but there’s no rush to finish

By Danny Caro, March 10, 2015

North-west London came to a grinding halt on Sunday as cup final fever, and a match at the Emirates, gripped the capital. Only four matches went ahead in the MGBSFL. Some were called off due to waterlogged pitches, but I believe the lure of the aforementioned fixtures stopped other clubs from going that extra mile to get their games played.

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Davis Cup woe for Israel

By Danny Caro, March 8, 2015

Israel succumbed to a 5-0 Davis Cup whitewash against Romania following a disappointing showing in Sibiu.

With Dudi Sela and Bar Botzer losing their respective Singles matches on Friday, the tie was effectively ended when Idan Leshem and Botzer went down in the doubles.

Israel must now overcome Slovenia in the first round play-off during the summer to maintain their Group 1 status.

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Peer saves Israel from relegation

By Simon Griver, February 10, 2015

Shahar Peer saved Israel from relegation in the Federation Cup.

After losing to Belgium and Croatia in the Europe/Africa Zone A in Hungary, Peer returned from injury for the final match to lead a 2-1 victory over Latvia.

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Camila won me over, says Venus

By Danny Caro, January 30, 2015

Camila Giorgi received praise from Venus Williams after bowing out of the Australian Open at the third round stage.

The fearless Italian pushed Williams, the former world no. 1, all the way in a three-set thriller in Melbourne.

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