Tel Aviv hit by net loss

The Jewish Chronicle - - SPORT - BY JC REPORTER

TEN­NIS The Negev Is­rael Open has been can­celled due to se­cu­rity con­cerns aris­ing from the con­flict in the re­gion.

The com­pe­ti­tion, sched­uled to take place in Tel Aviv be­tween Septem­ber 15-21, had been set to be­come the first World Tour event in Is­rael since 1996.

ATP chair­man Chris Ker­mode said: “We’re sad we can­not pro­ceed, but en­sur­ing the se­cu­rity of our play­ers, fans and all those in­volved in or­gan­is­ing a world-class event is our num­ber one pri­or­ity.

“We hope to be back in Tel Aviv next year. In the mean­time, and much more im­por­tantly, we hope for a swift re­turn to peace in the re­gion.”

Is­rael Ten­nis As­so­ci­a­tion chair­man Asaf Tochmeir said: “Ul­ti­mately, we hope that peace and quiet will re­turn to our re­gion, which is more im­por­tant than any tour­na­ment.”

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