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19 November 2017 - 2 Kislev 5778 - ב' כסלו ה' אלפים תשע"ח
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Tennis star retires for Yom Kippur in China E-mail

As reported by the Jerusalem Post, Dudi Sela was just one set away from reaching his first ATP Tour semi-final in almost nine months on 29 September in Shenzhen, China, but with Yom Kippur about to commence he retired from his quarter-final match against Alexandr Dolgopolov.

The 32-year-old Israeli, ranked No. 77 in the world, was playing in his first ATP Tour quarter-final since reaching the semi-finals of the Chennai Open in India in the first week of January.

He asked for his match in Shenzhen to start as early as possible to reduce the chance of having to stop due to Yom Kippur. But his showdown with Dolgopolov (ranked 53) was scheduled as the second match on centre court and he was always going to have trouble completing it after the first contest of the day lasted two hours and 16 minutes.

After losing the first set 6-3, Sela tied the match with a 6-4 win in the second set, but while trailing 1-0 in the decider, and with Yom Kippur about to begin in Shenzhen, he approached the chair umpire and told him that he needed to retire.

Reaching the semi-finals would have earned Sela an additional US$12,000 to the almost US$30,000 he had already guaranteed himself by advancing to the last-eight. It also cost him at least 45 ranking points, and of course the chance to go even further in the tournament.

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