Like Hank Greenberg and Sandy Koufax before them, the
Israeli national tennis team will not be engaging in competition on Judaism’s
holiest day. For this decision, the team is being fined by the International
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, Yedioth Ahronoth reported.
The cost to the
non-profit Israel Tennis Association? $13,000.
It’s very strange and disheartening to see this kind
of thing happen in 2013. But with any luck, the Israeli team, centered by their
atonement, will be make the Belgians pay on the tennis court.