The tennis association intends to hold a special retirement ceremony this coming Saturday for the captain of the Davis team Yoni Ehrlich, after he was forced to withdraw from the doubles match at the ATP tournament in Tel Aviv yesterday (Wednesday), where he was supposed to cooperate with Novak Djokovic.
Instead of the planned match, Ehrlich and Djokovic went up to say goodbye to the crowd and say a few words, but it was a spontaneous and unofficial ceremony, and the union wants to give the proper respect to one of the great tennis players who were here, and who brought great achievements with the national team.
Ehrlich and Djokovic.
will receive the respect he deserves, photo: Alan Shiver
The tournament arouses great interest in Israel, and the person who will come to watch it on Saturday night is the country's president Yitzhak Herzog, who will watch the semi-final stage of the games that will start at 19:00.
Usually the president mainly comes to Israeli sports events such as the finals of the State Cup in football and basketball to present the trophy, and to the Maccabiah opening ceremony - where the prime minister is also always present, and this will be the first time in years that the president will come to another major event that is not one of them.
Meanwhile, the organizers from ATP are very satisfied with the tournament, although there are still quite a few problems encountered, but they are also aware that it is difficult to organize such an event in less than three months.
Although nothing is closed yet, there are already thoughts for next year.
Today (not before 6:30 p.m.), the moment will arrive that tennis fans in Israel have been waiting for the most, when the big star Novak Djokovic will go up to play in the round of 16, and will meet the Spanish Pablo Andojar.
Djokovic trains in Tel Aviv, photo: Alan Shiver
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