Diego Schwartzman, the absolute best-ranked Jewish tennis participant on this planet, in spite of everything made it to Israel.
He appreciated it such a lot that he can’t wait to return again and discover extra.
The Argentina-born Schwartzman, 30 years outdated and the grandson of Holocaust survivors, is the seventeenth-ranked males’s participant on this planet. He in brief visited Israel during the last few weeks whilst taking part within the Tel Aviv Watergen Open, which happened from September 26 to October 2. While Schwartzman didn’t have a chance to shuttle outdoor of Tel Aviv, he broadly explored town on foot. And he beloved it.
“I was surprised by Tel Aviv in a good way. I didn’t expect it to be so amazing. It is for sure one of my top-three best cities in the world.”
“I was surprised by Tel Aviv in a good way. I didn’t expect it to be so amazing. It is for sure one of my top-three best cities in the world,” Schwartzman shared with The Jerusalem Post by means of Zoom from his automobile in Buenos Aires.
Schwartzman, the match’s No. 3 seed (in the back of Novak Djokovic and Marin Cilic) had a bye within the first spherical sooner than shedding to Arthur Rinderknech of France 6-3, 2-6, 7-6 and temporarily returned to Argentina. He used to be taking part in an extraordinary talk over with house the place he used to be spending time on the mall enjoying video games with nieces and nephews and having a look ahead to spending Yom Kippur with circle of relatives in Buenos Aires. He deliberate to sign up for them for synagogue products and services and smash-speedy.
Schwartzman’s expectancies of Israel vs. fact
Schwartzman used to be nonetheless feeling excited and keen about his first talk over with to Israel.
“From what you see on TV, you expect different things,” stated Schwarzman. “I walked on different days for a long time to almost every part of the city. That’s why I can tell you it’s an amazing city. There were so many amazing things – young people, so many bars, good restaurants, coffee places, green spaces like squares, and beaches – the combination of city and new and modern and old traditions. I liked the freedom of the young people and the way people live there.”
Schwartzman anticipated to peer “more religious people” in Tel Aviv. He certainly interacted with observant Jews in Tel Aviv, however famous “some follow a religious lifestyle, but in a modern way.”
Schwartzman’s folks, Ricardo and Silvana, additionally visited Israel for the primary time.
“My family got to go to Jerusalem. They got to take a very nice walk.”
Competing within the tournament certainly restricted Schwartzman’s probabilities to be a vacationer.
“I arrived Monday, on Rosh Hashanah, and you could feel Rosh Hashanah in the air – not too much was open Monday, or Tuesday or Friday or Shabbat. I had to play on Thursday.”
He has already studied the map and web and has known puts he’d love to talk over with on a long term talk over with.
“I want to come back as a tourist and visit other places. I see everything is close, like the Dead Sea and Haifa. Right now there is peace and no conflict. It is a good time to come. I will be back for sure!”
While Schwartzman – who reached a profession-top singles rating of No. 8 on this planet in October 2020 – skilled an previous-than-anticipated departure all the way through the Tel Aviv Watergen Open, he used to be very inspired with the match’s group and surroundings.
“They did amazing work – they built the place [at Expo Tel Aviv] four days before the tournament and it was well organized.”
Schwartzman has had the best luck on clay and would have most popular enjoying open air, in a stadium.
“It is difficult to have tournaments indoors.” He is hopeful that long term tournaments could have “a bigger court one, more practice courts and maybe a bigger stadium.”
Schwartzman used to be happy with the crowds and their enthusiasm typically and for him.
“Novak was there and people wanted to go see him,” stated Schwartzman. “It was great to see a full stadium. The crowd was good and the support for me was amazing. I felt like I was at home. People were fighting for me.
“I had a match point and almost came back. I was not playing my best. That’s why I want to come back!”
Schwartzman had a number of different significant stories on the Tel Aviv Watergen Open. He loved seeing Israeli tennis pals, together with Israel’s Davis Cup workforce member Edan Leshem and retired participant Amir Weintraub.
“He beat me in the third round of the qualifiers at the Australian Open,” Schwartzman jokingly stated of Weintraub.
Indeed, Weintraub defeated Schwartzman 6-3, 6-4 on the 2013 Australian Open qualifiers in Melbourne. Weintraub entered the principle draw and misplaced in the second one spherical. The two additionally were given to grasp every different on the 2014 Davis Cup, when Israel performed Argentina in Sunrise, Florida.
Schwartzman used to be additionally excited to be informed about match sponsor Watergen’s merchandise.
“The owner of Watergen showed me everything and how they take water from the air. It is crazy how this high tech keeps improving every year.”
He additionally had a chance to take a look at enjoying tennis in a wheelchair with one among Israel’s all-time nice wheelchair tennis gamers, Noam Gershony.
“I was very bad. I can’t move. I don’t know how they do it! When you try, you realize how difficult it is for them – not just to play but to move and hit how they do. It was nice to share a moment with wheelchair players.”
Schwartzman loved his first style of Israel. And he can’t wait to return again. Israel will likely be similarly satisfied to welcome Schwartzman and his circle of relatives again for an extended talk over with, and for now, will proceed to show pride in his accomplishments at the court docket around the globe.