Israeli players are keeping a watchful eye on
events back in their homeland while playing ATP events.
There has been increasing conflict this month
between Israel and Hamas, which has seen both sides launching air
strikes against each other. Dudi Sela, Israel's top-ranked singles player,
and doubles player Jonathan Erlich are both at Washington this week. But
both are also in frequent contact with family in their homes at Tel
Sela's wife is caring for their newborn. "It’s
not easy to take a baby to a shelter at 3 in the morning,” Sela said.
“Almost all day long I get messages and calls about what’s going on."
Erlich brought his wife and children with him on
tour once conflict began, but is still following events there and
keeping in touch with his family.
"You’re online all day long to see what’s going
on, especially in the beginning when we didn’t know where everything was
going,” he said. “Now we more or less know what’s going on, but that
first week, you never knew what was happening and so many rockets were
Sela, who reached the final of Atlanta a week
ago, finds he is also motivated to play for Israel and those who attend
tournaments to watch him.
"Especially here in the States, so many people
are coming to watch,” said the 28-year-old. “It’s special to hear Hebrew
from the crowd. Not all of the players get that."
There are no guarantees that the 28-year-old can
play in the US Open, with his condition to be re-assessed in the coming