The biggest tennis tournament that Israel has known in the last generation started today on the left foot.
The number of omissions is endless: a fiasco in the sale of tickets and refunds to buyers who discovered that even though they had purchased entry to the games held in the morning, they were moved to 8:00 p.m.
Along with the change of game times and the order of the tournament, came the next move: although this was not announced in advance, it was scandalously decided that during the holiday games would be held without an audience (a move that could cause image damage to Israeli tennis and Israeli sports), after the schedule of games has not yet been finalized and the ticket buyers are not We know which matches they will receive (for example, when the doubles match between Yoni Ehrlich and Novak Djokovic will be held), and this after it was promised that ticket sales would start at the beginning of September, which did not happen.
The ATP tournament in Tel Aviv,
The prices of the expensive tickets are talked about a lot - they are under a price tag that is usually typical in Grand Slam tournaments.
What was supposed to be a holiday for Israel and sports became an event for the rich only, when a significant part of the tournament games will be held without an audience, and hundreds of boys and girls who play tennis will have to look for another opportunity to watch the stars, and not their country.
This is the conduct of a third world country, which buys its sports culture with money.
If you planned to come and watch the training sessions, which are usually open to the public in tournaments like this and even bigger ones, then in the Tel Aviv tournament this is impossible.
There is no room, and probably no ability either.
Will he catch the head in Tel Aviv as well?, Photo: AFP
We wish good luck to the ticket buyers and hope that the event itself, despite the ill-known Israeli sense of chaos, will pass peacefully and that tennis will rise to a high level.
This is the least that is due to those who bought tickets to this traveling circus, whose sporting value in its current form is questionable.
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