The Israeli team in the Davis Cup received a difficult draw in the afternoon (Sunday) in the form of the South African team.
The bright spot is that Israel will host the home meeting that will take place in March 2022 and hope to create a surprise and move on to the next stage.
The South Africans, of course, have not yet announced their squad, but it is already clear that if the flagship hit of the round, Lloyd Harris, is chosen to arrive in Israel, then it is on paper at two safe points for the guests.
Harris is ranked 31st in the world and although he broke out at a late age (24) but is going through a dream year.
In 2018, the two teams met for the last time, with Dudi Sela defeating the young Harris on the way to 2: 3 for Israel.
Since then Harris has managed to play doubles with both Yoni Ehrlich (whom he is expected to meet in March) and with Dudi Sela.
By the way, if there are no surprises, an exciting retirement ceremony from the Davis Cup is expected for the Israeli player who has left the team.
, captain of the Davis team: "I am happy that we will finally play in Israel in front of the Israeli audience after more than four years. It is even more exciting for me to play against Lloyd Harris, who is one of my best friends in the round and also my partner in competitions during the year. We play against a world-ranked 31st tennis player and against a world-class doubles player.
I am happy for our players, some of whom have never played in the Davis Cup in the country, and it will be exciting for them to play in front of the home crowd and feel the warmth and love I have felt for so many years.
"I am happy that the fans and all the tennis people will have the opportunity to come and experience the feeling of the Davis Cup at home and to encourage our young team."
, chairman of the Tennis Association in Madrid where the ITF annual conference is held: “The Davis Cup is one of the most exciting activities during the year, playing with the flag on the shirt and hearing the hope.
We are happy to return to play at home after such a long time. "
Hirin won the Future in Greece
Nicole Hirin today (Sunday) won her first international alumni competition of her career (total prizes of $ 15,000), after defeating Radka Zelnikova from Slovakia 2: 6 and 1: 6 in the Future Final in Heraklion, Greece.
It was the second week in a row that Nicole qualified for the Future Final at Heraklion, which takes place on clay courts, when a week ago she was defeated in the singles final and won the doubles tournament.
Hirin, who trains as part of the girls' association of the tennis association with coach Yoav Shev and fitness coach Oren Bar-Nur, will return to Israel and participate this month in the Israeli Senior Championships and the Final Four of the Winner League to be held in Raanana.
Nicole Hirin wins units in Heraklion Greece, Photo: Tennis Association,
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