Tennis: The ATP tournament in Tel Aviv, Israel has been cancelled due to the security concerns, which arose due to military activities going on in the region. The tournament was set to become first ATP tournament to be held in Israel since 1996 and it was scheduled to take place from 15 to 21 September.
The spot given to ATP tournament in St. Petersburg, Russia was given to Tel Aviv but ATP had to cancel the event after the clashes between Israeli forces and Hamas. Chris Kermode, ATP Executive Chairman & President, said: “We regret the ATP World Tour event in Tel Aviv, Israel, will not take place this year.
Sadly, we do not feel we can proceed as planned given the situation in the region. 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.” Mr. Asaf Tochmeir, Chairman of the Israeli Tennis Association, said: "We regret the ATP's decision. We at the ITA have done everything to ensure a successful ATP event takes place in Israel.
We have raised sufficient funding and have taken care of all organisational requirements. "On this occasion, I would like to express our most heartfelt concern for the soldiers as well as our condolences for the civilian casualties.
We hope to see a swift resolution to the current situation." Earlier, Argentine Tennis Association had requested to change the venue of their Davis Cup tie in Israel. The Israel Tennis Association is considering are considering other places to host the tie.