|Posted by ILTennisResults on December 23, 2012 at 2:02 PM|
Yshai Oliel (ISR) defeated Patrick Sydow (ABW) 6-3 6-1 to claim his first Orange Bowl title.
This is the first time in history an Israeli wins this category of the prestigious event held every year in Florida, USA. In 2001, Shahar Peer won the event in the Girls '14 category.
With this incredible achievement, Oliel joins the ranks of past and present tennis greats such as Jimmy Connors and Andy Murray.
Oliel with his trophy and coach Jan Prochter. Photo: Jan Prochter
Oliel's road to the title (Round/opponent/score):
F - Patrick Sydow (ABW) - 6-3 6-1
SF - Nicolas Mejia (COL) - 6-4 6-7(4) 6-1
QF - Jenson Brooksby (USA) - 6-2 6-1
R16 - Brian Shi (USA) - 6-2 6-4
R32 - Anthony Q Popyrin (AUS) - 6-1 6-0
R64 - Danny Wu (CAN) - 6-0 6-1
R128 - Juan p. Egas (HND) - 6-0 6-0
Oliel said After the match that "I'm very happy and very excited. It's hard for me to take in the magnitude of this achievement. This is only the beginning for me".
Oliel's coach, Jan Pochter added that "I'm very happy about this achievement, Yshai did great and I'm proud of him. This is the result of a long process we've started 8 years ago. We're very excited and we're hoping for many more achievements down the road".
Israel's prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu called to congratulate Oliel and told him “You are a true champion. You brought honor to the State of Israel and pride to your parents”.
Oliel in action. Photo: Nike junior tour international Reg Caldecott
10 interesting facts about the young champion:
1. Plays left handed forehand and double-handed backhand.
2. His favourite surface is clay.
3. His favourite player is Rafael Nadal.
4. Lives in the city of Ramla, Israel.
5. His favourite music is rap.
6. Likes action movies.
7. His favourite dish is tomato pasta.
8. Plays with a Prince Exo3 tour team racquet.
9. Started playing when he was only 5 years old.
10. Was Born on January 5, 2000.
Israel Tennis Results wishes Oliel to win many more titles and bring even more pride to his parents, coach and country. Well done!