Israel to host ATP men’s tennis tournament

JERUSALEM (JTA) — The Association of Tennis Professionals World Tour will play this year in Israel.

It is the first time that Israel has hosted an ATP tournament since 1996, according to the organization.

The tournament, offering $1 million in prize money, will take place at the Israel Tennis Center in the Tel Aviv suburb of Ramat HaSharon Sept. 15-21

“After 19 memorable years in St. Petersburg, the time has come for us to take the tournament in a new direction,” said Ruslan Linkov, tournament representative. “We are very excited about the opportunities that lie in Tel Aviv and look forward to holding a successful event in September.”

The ATP World Tour is the major international tennis tour for men.

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