Tennis: Chile still planning to host Israel despite quake

March 2, 2010 06:36
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Andy Ram Yoni Erlich 248.88

Andy Ram Yoni Erlich 248.88. (photo credit: Asaf Kliger)

Chile is still planning to host its Davis Cup tie this weekend against Israel despite the devastating earthquake that has killed at least 700 people in the South American country.

Singles player Nicolas Massu arrived on Monday from Miami and expressed concern for the Chilean people but said he was ready to play.

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Jose Hinzpeter, president of the Chile tennis federation, also said he wants the series in the northern port town of Coquimbo, which suffered little damage from the quake, to go ahead as scheduled, starting on Friday.

Israel captain Eyal Ran, coach Noam Behr and players Dudi Sela, Harel Levy and Yoni Erlich were making their way to the capital of Chile, Santiago, from Dallas, Texas on Saturday when the earthquake struck and their flight was diverted to Miami.

The players trained in Florida for a couple of days, but finally departed for Chile overnight, flying first to Argentina before taking a private jet, paid for by the International Tennis Federation, to a small airport near Coquimbo.

Andy Ram, who traveled to Chile separately, has been in Santiago by himself since Sunday, but will finally team-up with his teammates on Tuesday.

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