The Israeli Davis Cup team, forced to move its home matches against Argentina because of security concerns, chose a place that will feel almost like home — Sunrise Tennis Club.
The Sept. 12-14 World Group playoff matches were supposed to be held in Tel Aviv, but the International Tennis Federation required the event be moved because of the Gaza conflict and instability in the region.
Asaf Touchmair, chairman of the Israeli Tennis Association, said: “We made every effort, knowing full well the great value of a ‘home’ tie and the strong support from the tennis fans in Israel, who pack the stadium, to find a suitable location to host this prestigious event so that our Davis Cup team could feel comfortable and well-supported.
“We are aware that the Jewish communities in the Florida area are true and genuine supporters of Israel, and therefore it was of huge importance to the Israeli Tennis Association to choose a location in Florida, where we could ensure that the stadium would be packed to capacity over three days, creating a home atmosphere for our Davis Cup team.’’
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There also happen to be many Argentine fans in South Florida, including Argentine Jews, so it should make for a festive atmosphere. The Israeli roster includes Dudi Sela, Amir Weintraub, Andy Ram and Yoni Erlich. Argentina players are Leonardo Mayer, Juan Monaco, Carlos Berlocq and Horacio Zeballos.
It will be the first time since 1990 that the nations will meet in Davis Cup competition.
For ticket information, call 954-816-4491, or go to www. SunriseDavisCup.com. The Sunrise Tennis Club is at 9605 W. Oakland Park Blvd.