Report: ATP tournament in Israel canceled due to security concerns

Monday August 4th, 2014

The ATP tournament scheduled to take place next month in Ramat Hasharon has been canceled due to concerns over security in Israel, Allon Sinai of The Jerusalem Post reports.

The Ramat Hasharon Tennis Center, located near Tel Aviv, was scheduled to host a six-day ATP World Tour 250 event starting Sept. 15. 

Israel is currently fighting a military campaign against Hamas in the Gaza Strip. Militants have fired thousands of rockets into Israel since hostilities began, and Israel has responded with bombardment and a ground incursion into Gaza. As of Aug. 1, according to the New York Times, 1,592 Palestinians and 66 Israelis had been killed in the fighting. 

According to Sinai, the tournament was set to offer $1 million in prize money and was hoping draw to big names.

Israel has not hosted an ATP Tour event since 1996.

FIBA Europe told the Israel Basketball Association last week that it cannot host its first qualifier against Montenegro in Israel.

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