Israel's divisive team is behind 1:0 against the host Latvia, after Idan Leshem lost the opening match in the playoff stage to the European/African number 1 house.
There, Israel's top racket ranked 359th in the world, went on the court in "Riga Arena" against Karlis Azulins, the number 2 racket of the Latvians (1215th in the world), and lost to him 6:0, 6:3.
The entire match lasted only 57 minutes, during which the local opponent achieved 8 unanswered serves (compared to Leshem's 0), maintained a 75 percent success rate in his first serves, in and broke 4 times, out of 6 break points he achieved.
There with Yoni Ehrlich, photo: Kaspars Volonts / Latvian Tennis union
Played wonderfully, photo: Kaspars Volonts / Latvian Tennis union
Later, Israel's second batsman Daniel Zuckerman will play against Latvia's number one Ernest Gulbis, the chairman of the local association, for whom this is his last meeting as an active player.
Tomorrow (Sunday), on the second day of the meeting, the pairs of Gulbis and Robert Strombachs will go up against Yishai Oliel and Saar Simon, when the lineups can be changed up to an hour before the start of the match.
Israel and Latvia national teams, photo: Kaspars Volonts / Latvian Tennis union
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