Bar Botzer wins the ITF Grade 2 doubles event in South Africa
Bar Botzer, from the ITC – Ramat Hasharon, won the ITF Grade 2 doubles tournament in South Africa. Igor Smilansky, also from the ITC – Ramat Hasharon, reached the quarterfinal of the singles event.
Botzer played alongside Robin Stanek, from the Czech Republic, and together the pair were seeded first. They won all their matches in straight sets and continued that trend by winning the final 6-3 6-4 against the South African duo of Wayne Montgomery and Matthew Rossouw.
Igor Smilansky beat a Brit and a Belgian in straight sets to reach the quarterfinal, where he was beaten 6-4 6-2 by first seed Karim Hossam of Egypt. Or Ram-Harel and Bar Botzer both lost in the second round. Noam Mazor, from the ITC – Ramat Hasharon, won three qualifying matches, but lost in the first round of the main draw. Tal Goldengoren and Eyal Cohen, both from the ITC – Ramat Hasharon, lost in qualifying.
About The Israel Tennis Centers Foundation (“ITC”):
The ITC is a non-profit organization (formerly known as The Israel Children’s Centers is a 501 (c)) that works to enhance the social, psychological and physical development of Israeli children through the medium of sport. We provide a healthy and structured environment for children from all walks of life, teaching values of cooperation, persistence and tolerance. Thirty-five years after the inauguration of the first Israel Tennis Center in Ramat Hasharon, the ITC has expanded throughout Israel and has nurtured and empowered more children and adults than the original founders could have ever dreamed. Currently one of the largest social-service agencies for children in Israel, the ITC operates 14 Centers throughout Israel’s periphery within socio-economically disadvantaged neighborhoods. The Centers are complete with cutting edge facilities and tennis courts that serve over 20,000 children. For additional background please visit: http://www.israeltenniscenters.org