Friday, April 25, 1980 1
THE DETROIT JEWISH NEWS
Young Champion Cites Tennis
Center As Reason for Success
5 lbs. of MATZO
If I can't Beat Your Best Deal
was no one left to play!"
Tennis and the rigors of
Features from Jerusalem
RAMAT HASHARON — his commitment to the sport
Not many kids can claim have changed the youth's
6 Mile, 1 Blk. W. of Schaefer
the first world tennis title life: "I used to come home
for their country, but 12- from school and play soccer
year-old Gilad Bloom did in the street or hang around
just that recently when he the basketball court. Not
won the World Cham- anymore. Now I have a sys-
pionship Tournament for
Youth in Venezuela in the
and what my next goal is. In
nlike most of his con-
poraries, Bloom rushes what my next eight years
to his daily workouts at the will be like."
•SCHOOLFIELD •SELIG •SIMMONS •SEALY •SERTA •SPRING AIR •LA-Z-
"I want to keep playing,
Israel Tennis Center from a
BOY •STIFFEL LAMPS • KROEHLER •AMERICAN •BURLINGTON •BASSETT
Bar Mitzva lesson. He ad- and hopefully keep win- nis champion; 12-year-
•BARCALOUNGER •LANE •UNIQUE
mits that once on the court, ning. It feels great: in a day old Gilad Bloom.
342-5351 Hrs. Mon thru Sat. 9:30 til 5:30
he glides through his
warm-ups tennis rituals writes about you and you
somewhat more gracefully see how the whole country
than through the religious rallies around you like
you're everyone's kid .. .
ones he dutifully studies.
Bloom appears at ease on but first, I think I'll get
the court. He wields a tennis finished with my Bar
racket at least four hours a Mitzva."
Bloom is not the. reci-
day and started doing so
even before he was able to pient of singular atten-
see over the tennis net. He is tion. Indeed his attain-
in fact small for his age, but ments are representative
it doesn't disturb his game of a unique youth pro-
gram spearheaded by the
in the least.
If Bloom has footsteps Israel Tennis Center, a
to follow, they are those newcomer to the Israel
of Shlomo Glickstein, 22, sports scene initiated
who recently won the chiefly by American bac-
prestigious Australian kers.
The center is different in
pionship, Israel's second that it exists primarily to
serve the country's young.
win on the world scene.
Like his young admirer, Adults can only play on its
Glickstein rose meteori- myriad of deluxe courts in
cally, winning Israel's 10- early morning hours or late
and-under crown mere into the evening. The bulk
months after swinging his of the day is reserved for the
first forehand shot. Tennis thousands of young boys
buffs around the globe have and girls who take part in
avidly followed his career as an accelerated get-ac-
he climbed from 280th to quainted-with-tennis pro-
70th in the Association of gram.
Every day hundreds of
Tennis Professionals world
singles rankings in less youths are brought to the
than three months, a record center from all over the
seldom equalled in the country. They are provided
with a free four-lesson in-
ATP's 10-year history.
Glickstein and Bloom are troduction to the sport and
living proof that tennis ta- are then encouraged to stay
lent in Israel is a rich vein involved through satellite
waiting to be mined. In Is- programs in their own
rael's case, the fast-growing communities. Over 27,000
tennis center is working youngsters today partici-
non-stop, with snowballing pate on a continuing basis,
popular support, to give and the center's weekly bill
every young person in the for 5,000 tennis balls is tes-
country the chance to dis- timony to the tenacity of its
cover his or her potential. young enthusiasts.
Dr. Bill Lippy, an Ohio
Bloom is doing his best to
encourage the trend, volun- physician who is one of the
teering his services each center's most fervent sup-
summer as a coach for new porters, explains, "These
participants in the pro- kids are the heroes of Israel.
They are the ones out sign-
"I had never heard much ing autographs on the
_ about tennis or even held a streets. We have given them
%cket 31/2 years ago," re- the tools to do the job, but
-Walls Bloom, "but I liked they themselves have
sports and when the tennis raised tennis' previously
center opened close to my low profile in Israel."
Lippy is quick to em-
ome, I dropped in to see
phasize that the program
hat it was all about."
Bloom demonstrated teaches more than tennis:
such promise that he was "We teach poise. We teach
tapped for intensive manners — how to shake
training and advanced hands correctly, how to eat
rapidly. He was flattered in a courteous way, how to
to be selected one of Is- dress. We give each of these
rael's few contenders for kids, not just the shining
the Caracas Invitational stars, a wonderful game
last December, which they can stick with the rest
drew 64 participants of their lives plus a more
from 20 countries, but he polished self image that will
help them in all other as-
hardly expected to win.
Warning The Surgeon General Has Determined
"I just wanted to give it pects of life."
my best shot. I kept playing
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