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SBD Global/August 13, 2013/Leagues and Governing Bodies

Israel Tennis Association Fined More Than $13,000 For Refusal To Play On Yom Kippur

The Israel Tennis Association "has been fined more than $13,000 for refusing to play a Davis Cup match on Yom Kippur," according to the JTA. The Israeli national tennis team "had been scheduled to play against the Belgium national tennis team" in Antwerp, Belgium on Sept. 14, which is Yom Kippur, "in the world group playoffs, the highest level of Davis Cup play." The Belgian Tennis Association "turned down Israel's request to postpone the game, but the International Tennis Federation, which sponsors the Davis Cup, intervened and changed the date of the match to September 15, but ordered the Israeli national team to pay the Belgian team for the inconvenience of adding a day to the tournament" (JTA, 8/12).
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