Israel into the Davis Cup Semifinals after defeating Russia

The Maccabiah competition is an exciting time for Jewish athletes from all over the world…the games… the opening ceremony in Ramat Gan stadium in Australian colours or whichever country one represents… the opportunity to meet people from other countries. We particularly wish the Australians success.

The win of the Israeli Davis Cup team 3-0 over Russia to take it into the Semi Finals for the first time must make it even sweeter (and hotter?) to be in Israel at the moment.  

Andy Ram and Yoni Erlich are shown winning a point in an exciting five-setter against Marat Safin and Igor Kunitsyn (AP), and then celebrating their win that clinched the victory. (from Davis Cup site)

Here is an article from the Davis Cup site about the win.  Some may remember Andy Ram and Yoni Erlich’s win at the 2008 Australian Open.. (here is a video spotlight about them.  The historic Davis Cup victory was set up by earlier singles wins by Harel Levy and Dudi Sela. 

Although this following amateur video is from Sela’s win over Fernando Gonzalez of Chile in the 2007 Davis Cup, it really makes you feel part of the Israeli crowd complete with Sheket and Lashevet (be quiet and sit down) – see  here.

How has Israel done so well for its small size and population?  An article in Wickipedia describes how tennis was popularised in Israel, with excellent tennis programs for Israeli children.

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