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” All right, Fla. where Israel will begin its World Group playoff Friday against Argentina “We tried to say that it could all change in a moment just be patient But unfortunately we are here” Home-court and country advantage was lost for Israel when the International Tennis Federation decided last month after concerns expressed by Argentina that the conflict with Hamas in Gaza made the Nokia Arena in Tel Aviv too risky a site After consideration of other sites — for proximity’s sake Cyprus was an early favorite of the Israelis — the event landed at the Sunrise Tennis Club about 35 miles north of Miami For Ram and company it has become one more chapter in the ever-lurking specter of politicizing Israeli sports most heinously enacted by the murder of 11 members of the country’s 1972 Olympic team in Munich by the Palestinian group Black September Israel’s top club basketball and soccer teams have over the years had games in Europe disrupted by protesters and must travel with heightened security In one of the more bizarre episodes involving Israeli sports Ram and the 2009 Davis Cup team played on the road in an empty 4000-seat arena in Malmo Sweden when the hosts surrendered to the threat of anticipated anti-Israel protests According to Eyal Ran the Israeli captain the situation in Sweden was “almost an advantage for us” because the absence of a crowd was a neutralizing factor in a 3-2 victory for Israel”This time we’re away from home which has always been a huge thing for us” he said The Sunrise club has a seating capacity of about 2500 said Gabe Norona who until 2010 directed an ATP tournament at the club and is friendly with Israel’s top singles player Dudi Sela Sunrise was ultimately agreeable to both teams with the Israelis aware of South Florida’s large Jewish population Argentina’s captain the former tour player Martin Jaite said the location was good for his players in the wake of the United States Open and because an Argentine community in South Florida also created the possibility of fan support for his team Jaite won 12 titles in his career and reached the French Open quarterfinals in 1985 As with Ram this World Group playoff represents an ending; his three-year contract is expiring and Argentina has a one-term captaincy rule He said that concluding in Tel Aviv hostile crowd and all would not have been the worst thing Jaite happens to be Jewish “I have nephews living in Israel I’ve been there to play tennis on vacation So yes I can understand what they have been going through in a situation like this It’s not easy for them But I’m not going to talk about the political thing I’m from Argentina My job is to win It’s all about the tennis” he said Fraternal atmosphere Adding to a more fraternal atmosphere is that Ram’s longtime doubles partner Jonathan Erlich was born in Argentina In 2008 Ram and Erlich known as Yoni won the Australian Open doubles title and were the fifth-ranked team in the world That was then Now 34 Ram has been through hip surgery and is still plagued by pain Losses have become more frequent and travel more difficult with two young children and a third on the way He has seen it all — most of it he said as a typical doubles specialist But yes his Israeli passport meant the occasional transference to a tennis twilight zone In 2009 shortly before the matches in the vacant arena in Sweden Israel’s top female player Shahar Peer was denied a visa to enter the United Arab Emirates to play in a major event After bureaucratic intervention Ram was allowed in the next week for the men’s tournament “I had like 15 bodyguards people protecting my room 24/7” he said “When I played a match they took everyone’s cellphones that came to watch It was like the prime minister had come to visit” But shouldn’t that have been the point of it all The ideal of sport to as he said “break down walls build a bridge Now I can’t help but feel that by moving us to Florida they’ve given in to terror” Ram said He cannot help but wistfully dwell on what Ran the captain called “our miracle” the 2009 upset of Marat Safin’s powerful Russian team in the quarterfinals after the victory in Sweden The win was wrapped up on the second day by Ram and Erlich in doubles The images of those nearly 11000 fans and of Ram being carried around the arena are indelible And while the folks in Sunrise have been welcoming Ram’s mind wanders to what might have been for him the easiest way to go out His father Ami died in 2005 leaving “a huge hole” in his life His mother Diana called him from Israel this week hurting that she would not be able to attend his last match Saturday “It’s OK, Apart from that.

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