Israeli Tennis Player Dudi Sela Leaves Match Early For Yom Kippur
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Israeli Tennis Player Dudi Sela Leaves Match Early For Yom Kippur

Dudi Sela of Israel celebrates after defeating Mischa Zverev of Germany during their men's singles second round match at the ATP Shenzhen Open tennis tournament in Shenzhen, southern China's Guangdong province on September 28, 2017. JTA
Dudi Sela of Israel celebrates after defeating Mischa Zverev of Germany during their men's singles second round match at the ATP Shenzhen Open tennis tournament in Shenzhen, southern China's Guangdong province on September 28, 2017. JTA

The World Series is weeks away, but an Israeli tennis pro has conjured memories of Sandy Koufax.

Dudi Sela, his nation’s top-ranked male player, quit his quarterfinals match Friday in the third set of a Chinese tournament so he could begin observing Yom Kippur by the time the sun set.

Sela, ranked 77th in the world, was tied at a set apiece with Alexander Dolgopolov of Ukraine at the Shenzhen Open when he realized the match would likely not finish by the start of the holiday.

The sports website Vavel reported that tournament organizers refused Sela’s request to have the match played earlier in the day. The failure to advance cost the 32-year-old veteran a possible $34,000 in prize money.

Watch some highlights from the match before Sela left below.

https://youtu.be/_A8_zRABY4Y

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