Amir Hadad

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Amir Hadad
Country (sports)  Israel
Residence Tel-aviv, Israel
Born (1978-02-17) February 17, 1978 (age 39)
Tel-aviv, Israel
Height 1.82 m (6 ft 0 in)
Turned pro N/A
Plays Right-handed
Prize money US$ 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 אמיר 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 received major criticism because of political tensions, but Hadad and Aisam dedicated their run to peace. They won an upset victory in the 2nd round over the No. 11 seeded team of Ellis Ferreira and Rick Leach. On February 6, 2003, Hadad and Qureshi were awarded the Arthur Ashe Humanitarian Award.[2]

"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

Hadad won tournaments in Gronigen, Kyoto, Rome, San Remo, and Vietnam in 2003.[2]

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.[2]

Later in 2005, Hadad and Levy won the Hungary F1 tournament in Budapest, defeating Nikola Martinovic and Josko Topic 5–7, 6–2, 6–1 in the final. They beat Bastian Knittel and Marius Zay 6–1, 6–0 to capture the F2 title in Miskolc. Levy and Hadad then competed in May in Fürth, where they took the title from Jan Frode Andersen and Johan Landsberg, 6–1, 6–2.[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.[3]

World TeamTennis[edit]

Hadad played World TeamTennis for the Boston Lobsters in 2006, 2007 and 2008. He played for the St. Louis Aces in 2003 and 2004.[4]

Miscellaneous[edit]

Hadad trained at the Israel Tennis Centers.[5]

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. ^ a b c d "Hadad, Amir". Jews in Sports. Retrieved 1 July 2015. 
  3. ^ "Players". daviscup.com. Retrieved September 10, 2010. 
  4. ^ "Mylan WTT Player Database" (PDF). World TeamTennis. June 13, 2016. Retrieved December 17, 2016. 
  5. ^ ITC Champions Archived February 19, 2007, at the Wayback Machine.

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