ATP Tour tennis returns to Israel as tournament is moved from St Petersburg to Tel Aviv

Last Updated: 21/04/14 2:49pm

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Tel Aviv: Will host first ATP Tour event in Israel since 1996

Tel Aviv: Will host first ATP Tour event in Israel since 1996

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The ATP Tour is to return to Israel after an absence of 19 years.

The tournament which has been held in St Peterburg, Russia, for nearly two decades is to be switched to the Israel Tennis Centre at Ramat HaSharon, in Tel Aviv.

Tel Aviv has been used for Davis Cup matches, but it will now also host the ATP Tour event between 15-21 September this year.

Tournament representative Ruslan Linkov told the ATP's official website: "After 19 memorable years in St Petersburg, the time has come for us to take the tournament in a new direction.

"We are very excited about the opportunities that lie in Tel Aviv and look forward to holding a successful event in September."

The event will be a 250 tournament and will offer prize money of $1m.

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