Tennis: Ram/Mirnyi win Miami's Sony Ericsson Open

Duo beats Australians Fisher and Huss 6-7, 6-2, 10-7; ITC asks for court ruling on Davis Cup venue.

andy ram 224.88 (photo credit: Asaf Kliger [file])
andy ram 224.88
(photo credit: Asaf Kliger [file])
Andy Ram and his Belarusian partner Max Mirnyi continued their impressive form on Saturday, winning the doubles tournament at the Sony Ericsson Open in Miami. The duo beat Australians Ashley Fisher and Stephen Huss 6-7, 6-2, 10-7 in the final of the prestigious event, each winning $250,000. Meanwhile, the argument over where Israel's Davis Cup team should host its quarterfinal tie in July 10-12 against Russia continued to rage over the weekend, with the Israel Tennis Center (ITC) turning to the Tel Aviv District Court on Friday in the hope of preventing the Israel Tennis Association (ITA) from playing the matches at the Nokia Arena and not at the Canada Stadium in Ramat Hasharon. The ITA announced on Friday that it has decided to hold the tie at the Nokia Arena. However, the ITC said the ITA should not notify the International Tennis Federation of the hosting venue until the matter is discussed in court on Monday. The ITC claimed that previous ITA chairman, Assaf Hefetz, had given it a written guarantee that future Davis Cup and Fed Cup ties shall be played at Ramat Hasharon after the ITC renovated the venue last year.