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It began with six men and a vision in 1974. That vision? Use tennis as a vehicle to reach out to underserved Israeli children, regardless of background, religion or ability to pay. Two years later, the first of 14 Centers opened in Ramat Hasharon. Today, the Israel Tennis Center is the largest tennis school in the world and one of the largest social service organizations for children in all of Israel.
Six founders begin work to build the first center. They are (left to right): Rubin Josephs*, USA; Dr. Ian Froman, Israel, Freddie Krivine*, England; Joseph D. Shane*, USA; Dr. William H. Lippy, USA; and Harold Landesberg*, USA.
The Israel Tennis Center, Ramat Hasharon opened on April 25, 1976, with 14 tennis courts. Leah Rabin cut the ribbon to the Center, and 250 children signed up to participate.
Canadians Joe Frieberg, Ralph Halbert, Harold Green and more, raise money to build Canada Stadium at Ramat Hasharon, Israel’s first stadium.
The Kiryat Shmona, Jaffa, and Arad Centers all open.
The Israel Tennis Centers in Jerusalem and Ashkelon open.
The Israel Tennis Center in Haifa opens.
Ethiopian children come to the Ashkelon and Arad Centers.
Israeli Davis Cup team qualifies for the 1st time to the world group.
Amos Mansdorf wins the Riklis Tournament, the first Israeli to win the title. He achieves career high ranking of 18 with 6 ATP singles titles.
The Israel Tennis Center in Tiberias opens.
The Israel Tennis Center in Ofakim opens.
The Israel Tennis Centers in Tel Aviv and Beer Sheva open.
Indoor facility of three courts is built at the Kiryat Shmona Center.
Coexistence Program expanded to Jewish, Arab, Bedouin and Druze children.
The Israel Tennis Center in Yokneam opens. Residence Academy for talented players opens at Ramat Hasharon.
Anna Smashnova reaches career high singles ranking of 15 in the world.
Shahar Pe’er wins the Australian Open Girls’ Singles.
Andy Ram wins Wimbledon Mixed Doubles Championship with Vera Zvonareva
Tamir Segal from Kiryat Shmona and Rachel Elmoualem from Ashkelon are awarded first Gold Medals at “Special Olympics” Berlin Tournament.
Israeli Fed Cup team qualifies for the 1st time to world group 2.
Israeli Fed Cup team qualifies for the 1st time to world group 1, the best 8 teams in the world
Israeli Davis Cup team beat Chile 3:2 in Ramat-Hasharon center and qualifies back to the world group after 13 years.
Israel Tennis Center receives award from the Prime Minister for its contribution to Israel’s children.
The Israel Tennis Center in Galil-Sajur opens.
Israeli Davis Cup team reaches the semi final of the world group, its best achievement ever in Davis Cup.
The Israel Tennis Center in Akko opens.
Shahar Pe’er reaches career high singles ranking of 14 in the world.
Elad Gevandschnaider from Beer-Sheva center won the Silver Medal in the “Special Olympics” European championship held in Poland.