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December 11, 1987 - Image 58

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The Detroit Jewish News, 1987-12-11

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pleased to have played in front of the
largest crowd ever (for the Israeli tour-
nament). I am pleased because it has


Sports Writer


n one busy week at the Ramat
Hasharon Tennis Center in
Tel Aviv: Amos Mansdorf be-
came the first Israeli to win
the Riklis Tennis Classic,
Israel's lone Grand Prix tennis tour-
nament; 250 American contributors
to the Israeli Tennis Centers, in-
cluding 25 from the Detroit area, at-
tended the tourney; and American
star Jimmy Connors, who lost to
Mansdorf in the semi-finals, told the
contributors he would consider play-
ing in a future tournament in the
Soviet Union if he could leave the
USSR with a refusenik after the
Seymour Brode, president of the
Tennis Centers in the United States,
was one of the local attendees. The
trip was to celebrate the 10th an-
niversary of the Ramat Hasharon
Center, one of eight Tennis Centers
which provide free lessons to all in-
terested Israeli children. The trip was
free to anyone who had donated at
least $10,000 to the Tennis Centers,
with a limit of 250 spots, which were
filled within one month of the
announcement. .
The U.S. group arrived in time to
see Mansdorf defeat top-seed Connors,
7-6 (8-6), 6-1, on October 16. The
following day, Mansdorf, who was
seeded third, beat second-seed and
two-time defending champion Brad
Gilbert, an American Jew, 3-6, 6-3,
6-4. Israelis Gilad Bloom and Shahar
Perkiss then won the doubles, 6-2, 7-5
over Wolfgang Popp of West Germany
and Huub van Boeckel of Holland.
Mansdorf improved his world

Seymour Brode with young Israeli players at Ramat Hasharon.

Detroit Roots
In Israeli Win

25 attend Tennis Centers'
anniversary matches in Israel

ranking to 23 after the victory. He
lost just two sets in five matches dur-
ing the six-day event. He and Bloom
are both graduates of the Tennis
Center program.

At a post-match award ceremony,
Mansdorf described his feelings after
winning before a sellout crowd of
5000. Quoted in the International Ten-

given me the opportunity to show the
founders of the Israeli Tennis Center
the great things that we have done
here. Each and every one of you is
responsible for not only my success
and my win today but for the success
that we have achieved together over
the past 10 years. I hope you will con-
tinue to support us in the future. In
appreciation, to the Israeli Tennis
Center I donate my prize money today
Later that night, the American
group was joined by worldwide con-
tributors and Israeli Tennis Center
workers at a dinner. Brode described
the surprising speech given there by
Connors. Connors, he said, "just gave
a beautiful speech — that he's been to
many, many countries in the world,
and he's seen many tennis centers
and he's seen many programs and he's
never seen anything like we have in
Israel . . . and because of that he'd like
to donate $10,000," to the Centers.
Connors' prize money for the tourna-
ment was $4738.
Brode continued, "Connors made
a remark at the dinner that the Rus-
sian government wants him to come
over, they want to start a major tour-
nament there. Connors said he would
agree to play in Russia and he would
forego any money, if he could leave
with one refusenik.
"I thought that was just a wonder-
ful thing. Here's a guy that, when he
was young, he was almost like (John)
McEnroe, the bad boy of tennis. But
he has mellowed and Connors has
become a real supporter of, not only

nis Weekly, Mansdorf said, "I am very Continued on Page 60


The Score

Today marks the first of
our new, weekly sports
pages. We will cover a
variety of events,
athletes, coaches and
others involved in
athletics throughout the
Jewish community.
If you or someone you
know had a big game this
week, scored a hole-in-
one, or if you know of an
upcoming sporting event,
please contact Mike
Rosenbaum at the Jewish
News, 20300 Civic Center
Dr., Suite 240, South-
field, Michigan, 48076, or
call 354-6060, Monday-
Thursday between 9 a.m.
and 1 p.m. Our deadline
is noon, Monday, for Fri-
day's paper.



DobVansky Wins
In Argentina

Dana Dobransky won the
overall title in a six-nation
gymnastics meet in Argen-
tina last month. Dobransky
led the four-girl U.S. squad to
the team title. Argentina was
Dobransky, from Sterling
Heights, won a gold medal in
the floor exercises and took
second in the balance beam
and uneven parallel bars com-
petitions, giving her the
overall gold medal. She was
the top-ranked gymnast go-
ing into the event, according
to her coach, Steve Whitlock.
"I was really pleased, we ac-
complished a few new things
we were working on," said
Whitlock, who added, "I was
especially pleased with the
maturity of her performance."
Dobransky, a member of the
U.S. national gymnastics

team, was scheduled to com-
pete in a meet in Florida last
weekend. She has no major
competitions scheduled until
February. She is pointing
toward the Olympic Trials
next summer.

JCC Resumes
Holiday Hoops

The West Bloomfield
Jewish Community Center
plays host to a Chanukah
basketball tournament Satur-
day and Sunday. Games begin
at 7 p.m. Saturday and 3:30
p.m. Sunday.
Each of the six teams of
high school-age competitors
will play at least three games.
Competing are teams from
Adat Shalom., Temple Israel,
Shaarey Zedek, the Detroit
JCC, Ann Arbor JCC, and a
group of local JCC members
calling themselves the Bronx

Games will be officiated,
and there will be two games
going on simultaneously.
There is no admission charge.
The JCC has held similar
Chanukah tournaments in
the past, although there was
no tourney last year. They
hope to make it an annual

JCC Events

Registration is open for the
JCC men's five-on-five winter
basketball league. League
play begins January 13.
The playoffs in the men's
four-on-four leagues begin
next Wednesday. The cham-
pionship games for the
member's only and non-
members leagues will be
played at 11 a.m. and noon,
respectively, December 20.
The championship game in
the Kenny Goldman, 8-10
year-old basketball league is

December 20 at 1:30 p.m. A
second Kenny Goldman ses-
sion begins January 17, with
instruction and play for 8-10
year-olds and 11-13 year-olds.

Metro BBBA
Hosts Sectional

The Metro Detroit B'nai
B'rith Bowling Association
(BBBA) will play host to the
International B'nai B'rith
sectional tournament in
Local bowlers will par-
ticipate March 17, while out-
of-town bowlers will take to
the lanes March 25. Over 200,
five-man teams from the U.S.
and Canada are expected, ac-
cording to Mark Sperling, ex-
ecutive secretary of both the
metro Detroit BBBA and the
International BBBA. They
will bowl at Hartfield,
Thunderbird, Drakeshire and
Novi Lanes.

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