Team Atlanta is looking forward to its next round of tryouts! Individual sport tryouts will be the last two weeks of January. If there are any young tennis players out there still looking for some motivation to try out, maybe these Jewish athletes who made it BIG can help convince you!
David ‘Dudi’ Sela: is an Israeli professional tennis player. He reached a career-high singles ranking of World No. 29 in July 2009. As of November 2014, Sela was Israel’s top men’s singles player, ahead of Amir Weintraub. Representing Israel in the Davis Cup, highlights include an upset win in 2007 over World No. 7 Fernando González and being a key factor in Israel’s semifinal run in 2009. In 2008 he beat World No. 5 David Ferrer in straight sets, and in 2010, he beat World No. 7 Andy Roddick in straight sets. Sela reached the fourth round of the 2009 Wimbledon Championships and has finished runner-up in two ATP tournaments in Beijing and Atlanta. In 2015, he won his 24th Challenger event of his career, moving him into sole possession of second place on the all-time list of Challenger title wins.
Shahar Pe’er: Pe’er won five singles and three doubles titles on the WTA tour, as well as four singles and three doubles titles on the ITF tour in her career. She reached her best singles ranking of world number 11, the highest of any Israeli tennis player in history, in January 2011. She peaked at world number 14 in the doubles rankings in May 2008.
Pe’er is widely regarded as the most successful Israeli female tennis player in history, having twice reached a Grand Slam quarterfinal in singles and appeared in the doubles final of the 2008 Australian Open, with Victoria Azarenka of Belarus. She won her first senior national title at the age of 14 and won the Junior Girls’ Australian Open title when she was 16. She also represented Israel in two Olympics.
Individual sport tryouts will take place the last two weeks of January. You can find our full schedule of tryouts for individual sports —> HERE.