Israeli doubles player Andy Ram, taking part in the controversial Dubai Championships a week after his compatriot Shahar Pe'er was barred from entering the country, lost his opening match on Wednesday. Ram and his partner, Kevin Ullyett of Zimbabwe, were beaten by Russia's Marat Safin and Spain's David Ferrer 6-3, 2-6, 10-8. The match was played under tight security, with spectators having to leave their belongings outside and walk through metal detectors upon entering the court. In related news, it was announced on Tuesday that the Davis Cup match between Sweden and Israel will go ahead as planned - without spectators in the southern city of Malmo - after an attempt to move the venue to Stockholm fell through. Swedish organizers on Tuesday cited security concerns for the closed-door policy because anti-Israeli demonstrations are expected during the best-of-five series on March 6-8.