Amir Hadad

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Amir Hadad
Country  Israel
Residence Ramla, Israel
Born (1978-02-17) February 17, 1978 (age 36)
Lod, Israel
Height 1.82 m (6 ft 0 in)
Turned pro N/A
Plays Right-handed
Prize money $251,884
Singles
Career record 6–8
Career titles 0
Highest ranking No. 180 (April 14, 2003)
Grand Slam Singles results
French Open 2R (2002)
Doubles
Career record 8–11
Career titles 0
Highest ranking No. 87 (May 19, 2003)
Grand Slam Doubles results
Wimbledon 3R (2002)
Team competitions
Davis Cup SF (2009)

Amir Hadad (in Hebrew עמיר חדד) (born February 17, 1978, in Lod, Israel) is a retired professional tennis player.

His highest singles ATP ranking was World No. 180, achieved in April 2003, and his highest doubles ranking was No. 87, achieved in May 2003.

Tennis career[edit]

He turned pro in 1995.

Most of his success has been on the challenger and future circuits. In May 2002, in the first round of the French Open, he upset world No. 78 Christophe Rochus of Belgium, 6–1, 6–2, 6–7 (4,) 6–2. In mid-July 2002, Amir and his partner Martín Vassallo Argüello won the Seascape Challenger Tournament doubles final.

His best result was reaching the 3rd round doubles at the 2002 Wimbledon Open, with partner Aisam-ul-Haq Qureshi of Pakistan.[1] The Israeli and Pakistani team, with its bravely enlightened but controversial pairing of players from countries which are at complete odds, received major criticism because of political tensions, but Hadad and Aisam dedicated their run to peace. This extraordinary doubles team attained an upset victory in the 2nd round over the No. 11 seeded team of Ellis Ferreira and Rick Leach.

"We like the idea. We think there's nothing like sports to bridge the gap between nations and to be the start of solving problems."

— David Harnik, president of Israel's tennis federation

The teaming made international news when the Pakistani Sports Board threatened to ban Qureshi for teaming with an Israeli (the threat was later rescinded, and he was invited to join Pakistan's Davis Cup team). Hadad, on the other hand, received support from Israel.

When asked about the controversy surrounding their partnership, Hadad told reporters: "we came to play tennis. There are some people who maybe want to make headlines, say bad things about this. But I see it as only a positive that two guys from different nationalities can play together. We are good friends and I think we're going to keep playing together in the future. We're here to improve our ranking."

Hadad won the Ho Chi Minh tournament in Vietnam in early 2003. He also won doubles titles in Gronigen, Rome, San Remo, and Kyoto during the year.

On February 6, 2003, Hadad and Qureshi were chosen as the winners of the Arthur Ashe Humanitarian Award. ATP Chief Executive Officer Mark Miles said: "During a summer when fear and hatred garnered much of the headlines, Amir and Aisam-ul-Haq provided much needed relief with their simple message about tolerance through tennis... It's fitting that we present the Arthur Ashe Award to these two players on the anniversary of Arthur's death, as Arthur remains the model for all of us on how athletes and sport can make a big difference in the lives of others."

In April 2005 Hadad and partner Harel Levy won a F1 doubles title in Hungary. Hadad enjoyed his best singles performance in years at the Hungary F3 tournament held in Hódmezővásárhely during May 2005. He lost to the eventual champion Boris Pašanski in the finals, 7–6, 6–1.

The doubles performances of Hadad and Levy in the months of April through July, 2005, were impressive. In late April the Israelis captured the Hungary F1 tournament in Budapest, defeating Nikola Martinovic and Josko Topic 5–7, 6–2, 6–1 in the final. A few days later they won the F2 title in Miskolc as well, beating Bastian Knittel and Marius Zay 6–1, 6–0 in the final. Levy and Hadad then competed in May in the German town of Fürth, where they took the title from Jan Frode Andersen and Johan Landsberg, 6–1, 6–2. In July they won at Budaors, Hungary, defeating Adam Chadaj and Stephane Robert 6–4, 6–7(7), 6–3.

In February 2006, he won a F1 tournament in Israel. In May 2006, playing with Konstantinos Economidis, he won in Rome. In November 2007, he won tournaments in Israel with Lazar Magdincev (MKD) and Harel Levy.

In May 2008 he won in Hungary with Stefan Wauters. In September and October he won with Attila Balázs in Bosnia & Herzegovina and Croatia.

Davis Cup[edit]

Hadad played Davis Cup for Israel from 1998–2009, winning 5 of his 12 matches.[2]

World Team Tennis[edit]

Hadad plays World Team Tennis for the Boston Lobsters, for whom he played as well in 2006. He played for the St. Louis Aces in 2003 and 2004.[3]

Miscellaneous[edit]

Hadad trained at the Israel Tennis Centers.[4]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ So did his doubles partnership with Israel's Amir Hadad, which in 2003 won them a humanitarian award from the organisers of men's tennis http://sport.guardian.co.uk/breakingnews/feedstory/0,,-6737227,00.html
  2. ^ "Players". daviscup.com. Retrieved September 10, 2010. 
  3. ^ [1][dead link]
  4. ^ ITC Champions[dead link]

External links[edit]

Awards
Preceded by
Andre Agassi
ATP Arthur Ashe Humanitarian of the Year
2002 with Aisam-ul-Haq Qureshi
Succeeded by
Gustavo Kuerten